Friday, March 4, 2011

Crispy Mustard-Walnut Chicken

So M is finally back in shape.  He's kicked the pneumonia and he's on the mend.  Like any good fiancee, wife, mom, or partner would, I've been taking extra care to make meals I know he'll like.  As soon as I laid eyes on this one, I knew it was a winner.  It has so many of his favorite things.  Plus, it was a cinch to whip up on a busy weeknight just days away from our wedding.  Thank goodness!


Crispy Mustard-Walnut Chicken
adapted from Williams-Sonoma, Weeknight Fresh and Fast

Ingredients:
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 egg whites
2 TBSP Dijon mustard
1/2 c. Panko
1/3 c. walnuts, chopped
1 small shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
zest of one lemon
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 TBSP olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
1.  Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees Farenheit.

2.  In a shallow bowl, whisk the egg white and Dijon mustard until well blended.

3.  In a pie pan, combine panko, walnuts, shallot, garlic, lemon zest, dry mustard, and cayenne pepper.  Mix well to blend.

4.  Warm the oil in a large ovenproof non-stick pan.

5.  Coat the chicken with the egg mixture, then dip into the panko mixture and coat thoroughly.

6.  Place the chicken in the pan and cook until golden brown on the first side, about two minutes.  Turn the chicken, then place the pan in the oven and bake until the chicken is springy to the touch, eight to ten minutes.  Serves four.

one year ago: coffee ice cream
three years ago: raspberry-balsamic chicken and Ellie Krieger's pumpkin pie muffins

11 comments :

Jey said...

That looks amazingly easy and really tasty!

That Girl said...

I do love easy weeknight meals, and I love the contrast beaten the crunchy chicken and crisp spinach salad.

All Things Yummy said...

Wow, almost wedding time. Can't wait to see the blog post of the big day. Congrats and best wishes.

A CopyCat Cooks said...

Yummy, I have made a similar one before using pecans and drum sticks. Delicious

Taylor Jones Mankin said...

mom? are you trying to tell us something?!

Pretend Chef said...

This looks so darn tasty! I love an easy meal to whip up anytime. That spinach salad sounds yummy! I've been on a spinach salad kick since visiting a Mediterranean restaurant here in Houston. I can't believe your wedding day is almost here. I can't wait to see pictures! You are going to make a spectacular bride!!!

Kim said...

Yum!! Must try. It has all of the elements that I love in a great dinner, including a nice, fresh salad! I'll be adding these ingredients to my grocery store list!

P.S. I see you're getting married very soon! I'm a newly wed too! Good luck and enjoy the day! It really does fly by, believe it or not.

Annie said...

Wow!i Love chicken!this is yummy!

Yani said...

wow!this chicken is good!i look very yummy and crunchy!

Kate said...

Can I use regular breadcrumbs instead of panko? (just trying to use what I have)

Kate said...

can i use regular breadcrumbs instead of panko?