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Pecan Chicken

Chef Thomas Clay, The Cabbage Patch Restaurant, Snohomish
Serve four people.


  • 4 6-ounce skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4-cup milk
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4-cup vegetable oil (corn, peanut, or olive oil)
  • chopped parsley for garnish
Honey Mustard Sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup stone ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon sweet rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey


For honey mustard sauce, place all ingredients for the sauce in a cold saucepan in order, stirring to combine. Heat to medium; do not boil, or sauce will separate. When warm, about 150 degrees, remove from heat.
Trim chicken breasts. Place in a thick plastic bag and pound out lightly to an even thickness, skin side down at first.
Combine panko and pecans in an 8-inch square baking pan or a pie plate and mix together well. In a separate pie plate or bowl, whisk egg and milk together to make an egg wash. Place flour in a separate medium bowl.
Dredge chicken in the flour first, then dip thoroughly in the egg wash, and finish with the panko-pecan coating. Press chicken down on both sides to cover completely.
Heat oil to medium in a large (12 inch) frying pan. When oil is at 160 degrees (water drops should pop), add prepared chicken and cook for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, until coating is mahogany brown.
When chicken is ready, place on plates and top with honey mustard sauce. Garnish with a sprinkle of chopped pecans and parsley. Serve with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables.


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