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Maple Pecan Crusted Chicken

April 2, 2012
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Yet another delicious way to dress up boring chicken breasts! My kids absolutely loved this chicken. Serve it along side sweet potato fries or top a salad with it.  I found this recipe on the Progresso Panko Bread Crumbs box.

Ingredients:
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 lbs.)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 cup plain panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Directions:

  • Pre heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Line baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Between pieces of plastic wrap or waxed paper, place each chicken breast smooth side down.
  • Gently pound with flat side of meat mallet or rolling pin until about 1/2-inch thick.
  • In shallow dish, mix together maple syrup and mayonnaise.
  • In another shallow dish, mix together panko and pecans.
  • Dip chicken into syrup mixture, then into panko.
  • Place on baking sheet.
  • Lightly drizzle tops of chicken with olive oil.
  • Bake 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (165°F) and coating is golden brown.
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