Contest-Winning Pecan-Crusted Chicken Recipe
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Contest-Winning Pecan-Crusted Chicken Recipe

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After trying something similar at a restaurant, I created these impressive baked chicken breasts with a pecan coating. For a special night, I recommend them with mashed sweet potatoes and a side of cooked canned cherries. –Ramona Parris, Marietta, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 package (4.2 ounces) seasoned coating mix
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/8 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 184 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 632mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein .


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a shallow bowl, lightly beat egg whites. In another shallow bowl, combine coating mix, pecans and five-spice powder. Dip chicken into egg whites, then roll in coating mixture.
  2. Place in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, 25 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165°. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Pecan-Crusted Chicken in Quick Cooking January/February 2006, p35

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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katlaydee3 133810
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2011

"This was an excellent recipe. I used the thin chicken breasts and Shake N Bake Oven Fried seasoned coating mix. However, I would not recommend serving with heated canned cherries as suggested. I tried and it didn't taste right to me at least."

hollyez 133806
Reviewed May. 22, 2009

"I made this for dinner tonight. A success and voted "great dish to make again" by everyone. Thank you for the recipe."

diane hixon 155486
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2008

"  I won TOH's first contest with a nutty oven fried chicken recipe!  Keep up the good work...I'll have to try your version...sounds yummy!!  Diane"

lushiny 149716
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2008

"When you said "Coating Mix" which one? This sounds good and I want to make it this week.


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