Pat's Pecan Chicken Recipe
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Pat's Pecan Chicken Recipe

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Parmesan, pecans, oregano and basil blend beautifully in this crunchy, crusted chicken. The recipe couldn’t be much easier, and no one will know it’s lower in calories. —Patricia Brown, Battle Creek, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1-1/4 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 3 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 229 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 143mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 fat.


  1. Place milk in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs, pecans, cheese and seasonings. Dip chicken in milk, then roll in crumb mixture. In a large nonstick skillet, brown chicken in oil.
  2. Transfer to a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 170°. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Pat's Pecan Chicken in Healthy Cooking August/September 2010, p14

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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lmmanda User ID: 1101093 191153
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2014

"We thought this was very good, next time, though, I'm going to use dry bread crumbs because it didn't stick to the chicken."

jennidw User ID: 2531705 130415
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"really tasty, but I ended up throwing more than half of the breading away.."

Lola from CO User ID: 5827115 211921
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

"Wonderful flavor and so easy to whip up! I agree with wiscook on too much breading for just 4 x 4 oz chicken. I mixed my breading and only used a small amount for my two chicken breasts, froze the rest for next week!"

pszwenger User ID: 5804095 130414
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2011

"I meant pie plate...not pit plate :)"

pszwenger User ID: 5804095 192471
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2011

"Loved it! Great flavor. As for extra breading, I had some left over from the first time (just put part of it at a time in a pit plate to coat chicken) that I froze it and used it again. Made meal prep really quick!"

momandthree User ID: 5133109 192652
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"Absolutely amazing! After one bite of the chicken the entire family voted that we should have this once a week! The flavors are perfect and the coating holds up nicely in the oven."

bearden46 User ID: 5551925 174722
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2010

"wonderful, I did add a little cajun spice to the bread mix"

wiscook User ID: 1143528 110780
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2010

"very good, although seems like a lot of breading for 4 x 4 oz chicken. I will be reducing quantities."

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