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Walnut-Crusted Chicken Breasts

Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts add richness to this light breading; the coating keeps the chicken moist. For longer shelf life, store nuts in the freezer.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 35 mins
  • servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 2 slices whole-wheat bread, dried
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 large egg white
  • 4 chicken breast halves, boneless and skinless (6 to 8 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • Lemon slices, for serving
  • Seasonal green salad

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a food processor, combine bread, walnuts, and Parmesan; season with salt and pepper. Process until fine breadcrumbs form. Transfer to a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, beat egg white until frothy.

  2. Step 2

    Season chicken with salt and pepper. Dip each breast into egg white, letting excess drip off, and then into crumb mixture, pressing to adhere.

  3. Step 3

    In a large nonstick ovenproof skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until lightly browned, 1 to 3 minutes. Carefully turn chicken over and put skillet in oven. Bake until chicken is golden brown and cooked through, 8 to 12 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Serve chicken with lemon slices and green salad.

Source
Body+Soul, April/May 2007

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Reviews (53)

  • SLT329 17 Jul, 2014

    Delicious and easy to make for a weeknight dinner. I definitely recommend using the lemon slices. I graciously drizzled fresh lemon juice over the cooked chicken, and it gave it an amazing tangy addition. This is now one of my favorite ways to prepare chicken, and it just requires simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!

  • Samantha1119 2 Apr, 2011

    Another new week night favorite for my family! The chicken stays so juicy; I followed the recipe exactly, and the chicken cooked perfectly. Try it with pecans too! Very yummy.

  • YogiJan 28 Mar, 2011

    I did a light fry, but still had to bake for closer to 15-20 minutes. Next time I'll go straight to the oven. Even so, the recipe was delicious. I used pecans instead of walnuts (just what I had in the pantry).

  • bethanz 6 Feb, 2011

    Oilive Oil after 250 degrees F turns to a trans fat.Canola oil is genettically modified with the weed killer round-up.

  • britt_10 3 Jan, 2011

    This was a super simple meal to prepare! I am making it this week! Very moist and flavor filled-it's a great recipe for someone who wants to try something new, but doesn't want to spend a lot of time or who isn't a "pro" chef! :)

  • Ranavou 11 Oct, 2010

    I actually bake the chicken immediately without frying. The oven should be preheated. THe same amount mentioned in the receipe take about 40 mins, only turning them once.

  • poemaXX 4 Jul, 2010

    I inserted this into nutritiondata.com and thought I'd share:

    http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/recipe/1694654/2

    Enjoy this ?

  • gitinoam 13 Apr, 2010

    I made this tonight and thought that it was nice. After reading the other comments I had really high expectations and was a bit disapointed. Very easy to make though.

  • Cookingcutie11 7 Mar, 2010

    This was incredibly delicious! I used a whole wheat pita since I didn't have the bread, and the breading came out fine. The chicken was moist and yummy, and I served it with baked sweet potato fries also from Whole Living.

  • Samantha1119 1 Feb, 2010

    The chicken came out very juicy and flavorful. Unfortunately I had to use vegetable oil as a substitute. Does anyone know where I can find grape seed oil?

  • Piranja 14 Jan, 2010

    I tried this yesterday night and thought it was really good. The walnut breading is fantastic, it's easy to make and in combination with the salad feels like a really healthy meal. I'll definitely do this again.

  • EmilyLovesCooking 5 Jan, 2010

    This was awesome! I will definitely be making it a second (and a third, and a fourth, etc) time!

  • Erika1982 25 Aug, 2009

    I think that halibut or cod would be great fish to use for this dish. I think you could use salmon too, but I don't care for salmon

  • Terri08 13 Mar, 2009

    This recipe is yummy!! Also very healthy. I want to try this with fish but how long would i need to cook it and what would be the best fish to use?

  • meinge 11 Mar, 2009

    This is really good. It works with fish, too. Just add lemon zest and thyme to the walnuts instead of the cheese

  • mrsdbr 10 Mar, 2009

    Why don't you all just add up the nutrition information in each ingredient? It's not that hard.

  • BetsyF2057 10 Mar, 2009

    These recipes aren't useful without the nutrition information.

  • LunaAKB 9 Mar, 2009

    My husband thought I bought it from Whole Foods! This is a huge compliment to the recipe! Kids loved it too!

  • LunaAKB 9 Mar, 2009

    My husband thought I bought it from Whole Foods! This is a huge compliment to the recipe! Kids loved it too!

  • LunaAKB 9 Mar, 2009

    My husband thought I bought it from Whole Foods! This is a huge compliment to the recipe! Kids loved it too!

  • LunaAKB 9 Mar, 2009

    My husband thought I bought it from Whole Foods! This is a huge compliment to the recipe! Kids loved it too!

  • LunaAKB 9 Mar, 2009

    My husband thought I bought it from Whole Foods! This is a huge compliment to the recipe! Kids loved it too!

  • LunaAKB 9 Mar, 2009

    My husband thought I bought it from Whole Foods! This is a huge compliment to the recipe! Kids loved it too!

  • LunaAKB 9 Mar, 2009

    My husband thought I bought it from Whole Foods! This is a huge compliment to the recipe! Kids loved it too!

  • LunaAKB 9 Mar, 2009

    My husband thought I bought it from Whole Foods! This is a huge compliment to the recipe! Kids loved it too!

  • LunaAKB 9 Mar, 2009

    My husband thought I bought it from Whole Foods! This is a huge compliment to the recipe! Kids loved it too!

  • LunaAKB 9 Mar, 2009

    My husband thought I bought it from Whole Foods! This is a huge compliment to the recipe! Kids loved it too!

  • LunaAKB 9 Mar, 2009

    My husband thought I bought it from Whole Foods! This is a huge compliment to the recipe! Kids loved it too!

  • LunaAKB 9 Mar, 2009

    My husband thought I bought it from Whole Foods! This is a huge compliment to the recipe! Kids loved it too!

  • LunaAKB 9 Mar, 2009

    My husband thought I bought it from Whole Foods! This is a huge compliment to the recipe! Kids loved it too!

  • LunaAKB 9 Mar, 2009

    My husband thought I bought it from Whole Foods! This is a huge compliment to the recipe! Kids loved it too!

  • LunaAKB 9 Mar, 2009

    My husband thought I bought it from Whole Foods! This is a huge compliment to the recipe! Kids loved it too!

  • KimKubicek 3 Mar, 2009

    So good! I used olive oil instead of grapeseed and it was delicious! Loved the crispness of the walnut breadcrumbs on the outside.

  • ellaraejones 5 Feb, 2009

    Scrumptious.

  • hopesters 20 Jan, 2009

    Super yummy! and amazingly not to hard to make, pretty quick recipe. I would definately recomend it!

  • gzac 19 Jan, 2009

    This was fantastic! Can't wait to eat it again

  • cpye 6 Oct, 2008

    This is a tasty chicken meal!!! I served it with grilled onions, zucchini and yellow squash. For a refreshing twist, I squeezed some fresh lemon wedges on the grilled veggies. My husband and I both loved it!

  • SOMERSIZING 2 Oct, 2008

    GRAPESEED OIL IS YUMMY, WE ALL LOVED IT. AS FOR THIS RECIPE IT IS A KEEPER, CANT' WAIT TO MAKE IT AGAIN AND AGAIN. SOME OF COMPANY WANT THE RECIPE, AND I GAVE IT TO THEM AND TOLD THEM WHERE IT CAME FROM. THANKS MARTHA

  • kimsevier 16 Apr, 2008

    AWESOME! this was easy and the chicken was very moist! everyone loved it!

  • cazzacook 12 Apr, 2008

    This is such a great dish to have under your belt...so quick, easy and very tasty. For those who want a more substantial meal (maybe for entertaining friends or if you aren't counting the calories) but still something healthy, I served it with steamed green beans, oven-baked potato wedges and some lemon mayo on the side (I did it this way as my husband loves potatoes and won't eat a meal without them!) p.s. I used groundnut oil which also works very well.

  • sali 18 Mar, 2008

    Tallula, I used olive oil and the dish was excellent.

  • tallula 9 Mar, 2008

    Will it make a big difference if I use olive oil instead of grapeseed oil?

  • martyzrealtor 9 Mar, 2008

    Not to worry about this receipe. Everything is for good health. Yolk has been eliminated, high fiber with whole wheat bread and walnujts are encouraged in a heart smart diet. Look at South Beach program devised by a heart surgeon. It's as if receipe was written for this plan or any other. Also, try substituting toasted pistachios in receipe. It is Yummy as well!

  • loveyhowel 1 Mar, 2008

    I can only assume that the calories are high or they would include them!!

  • kgrud 28 Feb, 2008

    Yes, please - can't eat without knowing nutritional content - Please!

  • nana_cindy42 27 Feb, 2008

    I second the previous comment!! I have to keep track of everything I eat so need to know a receipe's nutritional info! Please

  • jennwb 27 Feb, 2008

    Please, please, please, start including nutritional info! This is so important for eating healthy and smart that I cant believe you don't include it!

  • sali 15 Feb, 2008

    I made this dish again this week...so good! I had leftovers this time so I sliced the chicken into thin strips and used it in a wrap for a work lunch. Whole wheat wrap, baby spinach, dried cranberries, warmed chix strips, drizzle with a little balsamic vinagrette...yum!

  • sali 23 Jan, 2008

    I made this last night...easy easy easy and yummy...different taste than average chicken dish. I will make it again. (Finished product looks like the pic too :P)

  • tss 11 Jan, 2008

    my whole family liked it. Kids ages 10, 8

  • meg418 2 Jan, 2008

    I made this for my husband and I, and we LOVED it! This is going to frequent my table often.

  • 1stbaby 19 Dec, 2007

    It is easy to make. Delisious! I loved it.

  • mmsrjs 4 Dec, 2007

    this is really good, family all liked it, then tried it with pecans and completely different taste and not so good. Have gone back to the original as above.