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Spicy Pecan-Crusted Chicken

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  30 Minutes
Total Time:  30 Minutes
  4 servings
Buttery-tasting pecans combine with spicy chipotle and zesty orange to coat chicken with pizzazz. Make it a meal: Enjoy with mashed potatoes and a spinach salad.
4   boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1-1 1/4 pounds), trimmed
1/2 cup  pecan halves or pieces
1/4 cup  plain dry breadcrumbs
1 1/2 teaspoons  freshly grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon  salt
1/4 teaspoon  ground chipotle pepper
1   large egg white
2 tablespoons  water
1 tablespoon  canola oil, divided
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Working with one piece of chicken at a time, place between sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet or heavy skillet until flattened to an even 1/4-inch thickness.

Place pecans, breadcrumbs, orange zest, salt and ground chipotle in a food processor and pulse until the pecans are finely ground. Transfer the mixture to a shallow dish. Whisk egg white and water in a shallow dish until combined. Dip each chicken breast in the egg white mixture, then dredge both sides in the pecan mixture.

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add half the chicken and cook until browned on the outside and no longer pink in the middle, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm. Carefully wipe out the pan with a paper towel and add the remaining oil. Cook the remaining chicken, adjusting the heat as needed to prevent scorching. Serve immediately.

Recipe reprinted by permission of © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 10/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   4 servings
Calories: 281
Fat. Total: 15g
Protein: 29g
Carbohydrates, Total: 7g
Fat, Saturated: 2g
Fiber: 2g
Cholesterol: 66mg
Sodium: 430mg
% Cal. from Fat: 48%
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