Try Nut-Crusted Chicken with Lemon and Thyme for extremely tender chicken breasts with a crunchy and flavorful coating. Pecans or almonds combined with panko give this dish a thumb's up.
Prep Time: 30minutes
Cook Time: 20minutes
4boneless skinless chicken breasts
1lemon lemon zest
Preheat oven to 350º. With a fork poke the thickest half of each breast 5-6 times. Place on wire rack set in rimmed baking sheet and evenly sprinkle each breast with ½ teaspoon salt. Refrigerate, uncovered, while prepare coating.
Process nuts in food processor until they resemble coarse meal. Heat butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Cook, swirling pan constantly, until butter turns golden brown and has a nutty aroma, 4-5 minutes. Add shallot and ½ teaspoon salt. Cook stirring constantly until just slightly brown, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, add panko and ground nuts. Cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Transfer to pie plate and stir in lemon zest, thyme and cayenne.
Lightly beat eggs, mustard and black pepper together in second pie plate. Place flour in third pie plate. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Working with one piece at a time, dredge chicken in flour, shaking off excess, then coat with egg mixture, allowing excess to drip off. Coat all sides of chicken with panko mixture, pressing gently so that crumbs adhere. Transfer to a clean wire rack set in rimmed baking sheet.
Bake until thermometer registers 160º, 20-25 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.