Walnut Crusted Chicken

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  • Walnut Crusted Chicken is a healthier alternative to your typical fried chicken. This rosemary chicken recipe is packed full of flavor and crunch! The whole family will fall in love with this Walnut Crusted Chicken!

    Walnut Crusted Chicken is a deliciously healthy, crunchy chicken with a cool dipping sauce! Made with chopped walnuts, panko bread crumbs, and fresh rosemary! #walnutcrustedchicken #rosemarychicken www.savoryexperiments.com

    Walnut Crusted Chicken is a crunchy, oven-baked chicken with a zesty yogurt dipping sauce. Perfect for those craving crispy chicken cutlets, but without the fat.

    A few weeks back, California Walnuts sent me a little note asking if I’d like to try their product and, of course, I accepted because I love walnuts! One interesting fact I learned before my burlap bag of walnuts arrived was that they actually stay fresh longer when refrigerated. I had no idea!

    Walnut Crusted Chicken is a deliciously healthy, crunchy chicken with a cool dipping sauce! Made with chopped walnuts, panko bread crumbs, and fresh rosemary! #walnutcrustedchicken #rosemarychicken www.savoryexperiments.com

    How many walnuts have sat on my pantry shelves in plastic baggies that may not have lived up to their full potential? Who knows!? Walnuts are also rich with omega-3 fatty acids and have been linked to better brain functioning and lower risks of a variety of cancers.

    Super simple to incorporate into any diet, they can be used in baked goods, tossed into salads or eaten plain by the handful! I had some fun perusing through the California Walnuts website to find other fun recipes and also see how walnuts are harvested.

    Walnut Crusted Chicken is a deliciously healthy, crunchy chicken with a cool dipping sauce! Made with chopped walnuts, panko bread crumbs, and fresh rosemary! #walnutcrustedchicken #rosemarychicken www.savoryexperiments.com

    Walnut Crusted Chicken is a “skinny” version of a classic chicken cutlet. Instead of using breadcrumbs and then pan frying in olive oil and butter, I opted for finely chopped walnuts with whole wheat panko crumbs and fresh rosemary. Then baked to perfection with no additional oils.

    Paired together, rosemary and walnuts give the chicken a fresh and earthy flavor combination that no bread crumb will ever achieve. The other benefit is that walnuts do not get soggy, so your chicken will never lose the crunch factor, even if you are eating leftovers.

    Walnut Crusted Chicken is a deliciously healthy, crunchy chicken with a cool dipping sauce! Made with chopped walnuts, panko bread crumbs, and fresh rosemary! #walnutcrustedchicken #rosemarychicken www.savoryexperiments.com

    Although Walnut Crusted Chicken does not need much additional flavor, I added an “aioli” for a little but of intrigue and cream. Instead of using mayonnaise, I opted for plain Greek yogurt mixed with fresh lemon, salt and pepper. Simple and fresh.

    Very basic, but very good, and it is great on a whole host of other foods such as roasted or grilled vegetables, turkey burgers and salmon.  I even use it as a salad dressing.

    Walnut Crusted Chicken is a deliciously healthy, crunchy chicken with a cool dipping sauce! Made with chopped walnuts, panko bread crumbs, and fresh rosemary! #walnutcrustedchicken #rosemarychicken www.savoryexperiments.com

    If you liked this crispy chicken in the oven recipe, check out these easy chicken recipes:

    Walnut Crusted Chicken is a deliciously healthy, crunchy chicken with a cool dipping sauce! Made with chopped walnuts, panko bread crumbs, and fresh rosemary! #walnutcrustedchicken #rosemarychicken www.savoryexperiments.com

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    Walnut Crusted Chicken is a deliciously healthy, crunchy chicken with a cool dipping sauce! Made with chopped walnuts, panko bread crumbs, and fresh rosemary! #walnutcrustedchicken #rosemarychicken www.savoryexperiments.com
    Walnut Crusted Chicken
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    35 mins
     
    Walnut Crusted Chicken is a crunchy, oven-baked chicken with a zesty yogurt dipping sauce. Perfect for those craving crispy chicken cutlets, but without the fat.
    Course: Main Course, Main Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: oven baked chicken, walnut crusted chicken
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 815 kcal
    Ingredients
    Walnut Crusted Chicken:
    • 4 chicken breasts , boneless and skinless
    • 1  3/4 cup walnuts , finely chopped
    • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs*
    • 1/3 cup fresh rosemary , finely chopped
    • 2 eggs , lightly beaten
    • 1 cup flour
    • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • Cooking Spray
    Lemon Yogurt Sauce:
    • 1  1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
    • Zest of one lemon
    • Juice of one lemon
    • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • Dash of black pepper
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. 

    2. Cut each breast in half, then place on a cutting board and cover with plastic wrap or wax paper.  Beat with a meat mallet until 1/2 inch uniform thickness.
    3. Arrange three shallow bowls on the counter. In the first bowl, combine walnuts, rosemary and panko. In the second, lightly beaten eggs and the third, flour mixed with fine sea salt and pepper.

    4. Lightly dredge each breast halve in flour, then egg and finally walnut mixture. Pat in walnuts to make sure you get a good, even coat. Place in a single layer in prepared baking dishes. Repeat with all chicken.

    5. Bake chicken for approximately 20 minutes.  For the last 2 minutes, change to a low broil to get a nice brown on top.

    6. While chicken is cooking, whisk together all ingredients for Lemon Yogurt Sauce in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

    7. Remove chicken from oven and serve immediately.  Sauce can be served on the side or directly on top of the chicken.
    8. If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

    Recipe Notes

    You can omit the panko or reduce amount. 

    Nutrition Facts
    Walnut Crusted Chicken
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 815 Calories from Fat 378
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 42g65%
    Saturated Fat 5g31%
    Cholesterol 230mg77%
    Sodium 1249mg54%
    Potassium 1261mg36%
    Carbohydrates 39g13%
    Fiber 4g17%
    Sugar 4g4%
    Protein 70g140%
    Vitamin A 250IU5%
    Vitamin C 3.9mg5%
    Calcium 182mg18%
    Iron 4.7mg26%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    What is your favorite way to eat walnuts? Tell me in the comments!

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