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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

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

Reviews (52)

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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! :)

  • 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.

  • 4 Jul, 2010

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

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

    Enjoy this ?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 5 Jan, 2010

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

  • 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

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 10 Mar, 2009

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

  • 10 Mar, 2009

    These recipes aren't useful without the nutrition information.

  • 9 Mar, 2009

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

  • 9 Mar, 2009

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

  • 9 Mar, 2009

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

  • 9 Mar, 2009

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

  • 9 Mar, 2009

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

  • 9 Mar, 2009

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

  • 9 Mar, 2009

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

  • 9 Mar, 2009

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

  • 9 Mar, 2009

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

  • 9 Mar, 2009

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

  • 9 Mar, 2009

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

  • 9 Mar, 2009

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

  • 9 Mar, 2009

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

  • 9 Mar, 2009

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

  • 9 Mar, 2009

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

  • 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.

  • 5 Feb, 2009

    Scrumptious.

  • 20 Jan, 2009

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

  • 19 Jan, 2009

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

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 16 Apr, 2008

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

  • 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.

  • 18 Mar, 2008

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

  • 9 Mar, 2008

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

  • 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!

  • 1 Mar, 2008

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

  • 28 Feb, 2008

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

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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)

  • 11 Jan, 2008

    my whole family liked it. Kids ages 10, 8

  • 2 Jan, 2008

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

  • 19 Dec, 2007

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

  • 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.