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Contest-Winning Pecan-Crusted Chicken Recipe

Contest-Winning Pecan-Crusted Chicken Recipe

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. YIELD: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)


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Contest-Winning Pecan-Crusted Chicken

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katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 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 User ID: 3350271 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 User ID: 3130250 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 User ID: 3054868 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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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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