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April is National Pecan Month.
I will be sharing recipes all month using pecans, and today is the first.
Pecans are my favorite nuts but I am not very fond of other nuts. That came as a surprise to my parents. As a child, my father would go to the old Sears popcorn and candy counters (am I showing my age?) and would buy salted nuts — typically cashews or peanuts but occasionally other types — to snack on. I was 4 years old. He would give me some to eat and to his surprise, I was frequently asking for more handfuls. He thought I loved nuts as much as he did. However, when he went to vacuum out the car during car wash day, he found all of the nuts — licked clean of the salt — stuffed in between the back seats! His hope of a fellow cashew lover — dashed! 🤷
So, I stick to pecans. I tend to roast them. They make great snacks! If you aren’t careful, they can make almost TOO great a snack. Haha!
I have gotten my roasted pecan addiction under control now.
Today’s recipe — honey pecan chicken — is a great party appetizer. But if you want, it can be an entree as well.
While there aren’t as many opportunities to party right now as we are all social distancing, this would be a fun diversion to make with your kids. I am sure many would love the opportunity to crush up some nuts — better the nuts than other things in your house, right?
Baked Honey-Pecan Chicken
- several bowls
- Baking Sheet
- 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 eggs
- 1 c. honey divided
- 1 c. pecans finely chopped
- 1 c. bread crumbs
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- You’ll need two small bowls for this recipe.
- Bowl #1 – Beat the eggs and ½ cup honey together.
- Bowl #2 – Mix the pecans and bread crumbs.
- First dip each chicken breast into the egg mix, then into the pecan mix ensuring the entire piece is well coated.
- Repeat for each breast, arranging them on a baking sheet.
- Bake at 375 for 30 minutes, remove from oven and drizzle each breast with the remaining honey. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes or until juices run clear and breasts are no longer pink.
- Serve with a homemade honey-mustard dipping sauce.
If you want a little bit of spice, you can add the pepper of your choice into the pecan/bread crumb mixture. You can also garnish with parsley if you wish.
You can use other dipping sauces besides honey mustard for your honey pecan chicken if that’s your preference.
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