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Alabama Pecan Chicken

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(NC) - Nothing symbolizes Southern cooking quite like buttermilk-marinated chicken - and in Alabama, Southern cooking also includes pecans, as most everyone has a pecan tree in their back yard. The addition of ground pecans to this tender chicken adds a nutty flavour and a crispy crust.


    Alabama Pecan Chicken
  • 4 large skinless and boneless chicken breasts 4
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk 125 mL
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard 50 mL
  • 2 cups Southern U.S. pecans, ground 500 mL Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 15 mL


Pound chicken breasts between wax paper until 1/2 inch (2.5 cm) thick.

In medium bowl combine buttermilk and mustard. Pour into a sealable plastic bag, add chicken breasts and shake until well coated. Refrigerate for at least one hour (or overnight).

Preheat oven to 375 F (180 C). Place ground pecans in shallow bowl. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to pecans, gently pressing to form a crust on all sides.

In large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil and brown chicken on all sides until golden. Transfer to preheated oven and bake until juices run clear, about 10 to 12 minutes. Serve immediately.

Source: adapted from Alabama Department of Agriculture.

Serving Size: Makes 4 Servings

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