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Pecan-Crusted Chicken with Mustard Sauce

Source: Quick from Scratch - Chicken, Turkey, and Cornish Hen
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Active Time:  20 Minutes
Total Time:  20 Minutes
  Serves 4
Nutty sautéed chicken dipped in a creamy mustard sauce delivers nicely varied textures and flavors. Using cornstarch rather than flour makes the crust especially crisp.
1 cup pecans
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon paprika
1 egg
2 tablespoons water
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/3 pounds in all)
3 tablespoons cooking oil
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons grainy or dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
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In a food processor, pulse the pecans with the cornstarch, thyme, paprika, 1 1/4 teaspoons of the salt, and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne until the nuts are chopped fine. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl.

Whisk together the egg and the water in a small bowl. Dip each chicken breast into the egg mixture and then into the nut mixture.

In a large nonstick frying pan, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the chicken to the pan and cook for 5 minutes. Turn and continue cooking until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes longer.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, sugar, parsley, a pinch of cayenne, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Serve the chicken with the mustard dipping sauce.

Menu Suggestions

The crisp coating on the chicken invites a creamy potato gratin alongside. Green beans, perhaps sautéed in bacon fat, would taste great, too.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 879
Fat. Total: 76g
Fiber: 3g
Carbohydrates, Total: 12g
Sodium: 618mg
% Cal. from Fat: 78%
Cholesterol: 173mg
Protein: 40g
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Rating: 5
by: Deen Reviewed: 11/13/2008
Absolutely FANTASTIC
There are some dishes that you make, eat, and go on with your evening. There are some that are so delicious that you eat every bite and spend the rest of the evening talking about how great it was. This is one of those dishes. Follow it by the letter and it will be fabulous.
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