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Light & Easy Keto Pecan Crusted Chicken Recipe

Spice up your Chicken Recipes with this light & easy Keto Pecan Crusted Chicken Recipe. Coated with a smoky pecan mixture and sautéed to perfection – this quick dinner recipe will become a staple in your home! 

Pecan Crusted Chicken Recipe

If you’re looking for a simple light recipe for the week that packs protein and flavor then this Pecan Crusted Chicken is it! Lately, my favorite protein has been chicken especially as I’ve been counting my macros a little bit more. Chicken has less saturated fat than beef and even some fishes. And since I’m the “boss” in the kitchen, the other humans in my house eat what I give them. haha. In the words of my son, “you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.”

An easy way to add flavor to any dish is to coat it with goodness! In this case, with tasty hearty pecans! This Pecan Crusted Chicken has been in my repertoire for a while now so I thought I would share the love. 🙂 You can serve it plain, over zucchini noodles or it’s the perfect compliment with any salad! In fact, I’ve actually paired it with a Mango Couscous Salad and it was divine!

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How to Make Pecan Crusted Chicken?

  1. To a medium bowl add finely chopped raw pecans, smoked paprika and garlic powder. Mix until incorporated.
  2. Pat chicken breasts dry. Dredge each chicken breast front and back in egg white mixture then in the pecan mixture. Make sure to press the pecan mix into the chicken breasts good.
  3. Place coated chicken breasts on a plate and put in the refrigerator covered for 30 minutes.
  4. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add avocado oil to pan and place chicken breasts in skillet.
  5. Sauté chicken for 5-6 minutes per side.
  6. Remove chicken from the pan and salt immediately.
  7. Let sit for 3-4 minutes to cool down and enjoy! 🙂

How to make Pecan Crusted Chicken in the oven?

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. In a shallow dish, lightly beat egg white. In another shallow bowl, combine pecans, smoked paprika and garlic powder. Drench chicken in egg whites, then roll in raw pecan mixture. Pressing the pecans into both sides.
  3. Place coated pecans in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, 25 minutes or until a thermometer reads 165°.

chicken breasted coated with a smoky pecan mixture

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This Pecan Crusted Chicken is Keto, Low Carb and high in protein. 

This chicken dish can definitely be served plain, however if you want to keep it light I added raw zucchini noodles and sautéed burst cherry tomatoes for a light refreshing summer dish the family will love. It’s great for dinner or easy lunch prep for the week, trust me I’ve been eating it all week!

Bon Appetit friends!

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Light & Easy Keto Pecan Crusted Chicken

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 40 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 52 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Poultry & Pork, Gluten Free, Paleo
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Spice up your Chicken Recipes with this light & easy Keto Pecan Crusted Chicken Recipe. Coated with a smoky pecan mixture and sautéed to perfection – this quick dinner recipe will become a staple in your home! 


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup raw pecans, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 T. avocado oil
  • 4 (4-6oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts

Instructions

  1. To a medium bowl add finely chopped raw pecans, smoked paprika and garlic powder. Mix until incorporated.
  2. Pat chicken breasts dry. Dredge each chicken breast front and back in egg white mixture then in the pecan mixture. Make sure to press the pecan mix into the chicken breasts good.
  3. Place coated chicken breasts on a plate and put in the refrigerator covered for 30 minutes.
  4. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add avocado oil to pan and place chicken breasts in skillet.
  5. Saute chicken for 5-6 minutes per side.
  6. Remove chicken from the pan and salt immediately.
  7. Let sit for 3-4 minutes to cool down and enjoy! 🙂


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 chicken breast
  • Calories: 367
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 126 mg
  • Fat: 28 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 29 g
  • Cholesterol: 80 mg

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48 comments on “Light & Easy Keto Pecan Crusted Chicken Recipe”

  1. Can I change the chicken for fish? If so, I was wondering If I should keep it in the refrigerator covered for 30 minutes too?

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    Alison Berliner

    Hey there! Your cook times are way off. My chicken is still raw 20 minutes cook time later. You cannot cook a chicken breast in 12 minutes. I’m starving! My kiddo is taking the brunt of my frustration. Please don’t post false cook times. I was super excited and now hangry…

    1. I’m sorry to hear that. As always cook times will vary on the size of your protein. If it’s thicker it will take longer.

  3. I would love to try this recipe in the instant pot. Any suggestions? My instant pot is new and I have never made chicken in it at all.

    1. I’m not sure. Honestly I wouldn’t suggest making it in the instantpot. I think the pecan crust would turn out mushy rather than crunchy.

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    Millican Pecan

    Most people don’t realize how great pecan crusted chicken or pecan crusted fish is for dinner. (…and healthy, too!) Your recipe nails it. Thank you for sharing your recipe! Also, I am a keto fan so this is in my lane.

  5. This was the perfect meal for a busy weeknight in our home! The whole family gave it rave reviews! Yum!

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    Chrissie Baker

    I made this chicken for lunch today, and it was so incredible! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

  7. I’m so glad this popped up in my inbox today. I had chicken thighs defrosted and no idea what to make. It was so yummy! Thank you for this easy and delicious recipe!

    1. Hi I have an egg allergy, what could I use to replace the egg whites please? I’m also dairy intolerant too 😁

      1. You could make your own dairy free buttermilk. Just mix 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk with 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and let sit for about 5 minutes.

  8. Perfectly crunchy as well as juicy! Love it and plan on making it again this week!

  9. I’m going to try this for dinner with tilapia! Can you give me any idea how much salt you added to your coating? I know tastes vary widely on salt, but I don’t have a clue where to start with it. Thank you!!

  10. This looks delicious! I love chicken and we eat it often at our house also. I think my kids are gonna flip over this. Thanks so much for sharing at the Weekend Potluck last week. Can’t wait to see what you bring tomorrow. Have a great evening!

  11. I’ve always wanted to use pecan coating on chicken! Sounds yummy. thanks for linking up to MM, Pinned. ~ Paula

    1. It’s so good, love the crunch {I’m all about the texture}. Thanks for throwing an awesome party chica!

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    Kinsley @ Home | Styled

    Hey Krista! I found your link at The Best Blog Recipes and wanted to let you know how amazing I think this recipe looks! And it’s healthy too which I’m always looking for! I want to invite you to my link party to post this recipe for others to see! http://home-styled.blogspot.com/2013/04/link-party-show-your-style-sunday-2.html

    1. Thanks! It is really yummy and full of flavor! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Kinsley, I will definitely head over and check out your blog & Link Party.

  13. This looks amazing beyond belief. Chicken is the meat of choice in this house too and so I’m always looking for new, healthy and tasty recipes to try. This is going at the top!

    1. I know me too… its only the “best” of the nuts right? It is really good, especially with the paprika in it. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Dorothy!

  14. I love to cook but I have never made pecan crusted chicken. This sounds fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Well girl… its time to make you some pecan crusted chicken! 🙂 Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by.

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    Kathy @Food Wine Thyme

    Haha, I love the “I’m the Kitchen Boss” phrase. I think I am going to start using that one in my house. 🙂 The chicken looks delicious

    1. haha…If you do, you totally need to tell me your husbands reaction! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Kathy!

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    Erin @ Table for 7

    We eat a ton of chicken at our house, this is perfect for us 🙂 Looks yummy! Found you on Show & Share!

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    Gloria @ Simply Gloria

    Krista, you just rock at everything you post! I love reading them after it dings in my inbox! So, I want to nominate YOU for the Liebster Award! Come over and see what it’s all about! http://simplygloria.com/liebster-award/

    1. haha.. Gloria your too funny! Thank you so much, that means a lot! 🙂 I’m glad you love the recipes so much, I have fun creating them. 🙂 Thanks for the nomination! Super excited!

  18. Totally pinned this for later!! 🙂

    I would love for you to join my Link Up this week!

    http://www.pluckys-secondthought.com/pluckys-link-up-4/