Pecan Crusted Pesto Chicken Recipe

I hear you friends.

You have requested more

“How To Cook Recipes”

With that said, today is day one of recipe week.

This week the SECRET ingredient is, {hearing Iron Chef in my mind}


That’s right I am going to feature 5 Chicken Dishes.

Some Fast.

Some Fancy.

All tasty.

To start off the week, here is a simple and fast one.

Pecan Crusted Pesto Chicken

Gather your ingredients – they are only a few.

But they go the distance to provide a flavorful dish.

  • 1 lbs Chicken Tenderloins or Chicken Breast Fillets
  • 4 tbls Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Diced Pecans
  • 1 tbl Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Prepared Pesto
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese.

Here we go:

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Take your Dijon mustard and add it to the chicken.

This is not a precise recipe so don’t be worried if you put too much or too little mustard.  Trust me, it will all work out in the end.

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While the chicken marinates. Dump your pecans, panko bread crumbs, and olive oil in a bowl.

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Next, remove each strip or fillet from the mustard marinade. Lay each down on a foil covered sheet pan (the foil saves so much clean up time).

Top each piece of chicken with a handful of the Panko/Pecan mixture. Then pop your pan in a 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. (If you are using Chicken Breasts, the kinds that are about 1+ inches thick, then you will need to bake them closer to 25-30 minutes.)

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When they are finished cooking, (inside temp measures 160 degrees) remove to add a small handful of mozzarella cheese.

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And then a dollop of Pesto.

Feeling sassy? Make your own!

a great Pesto recipe can be found HERE.

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Return to the oven just to melt the cheese and pesto together.


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Enjoy friends ~

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8 responses

  1. Lauren

    That was some good chicken…. Question: Is there going to be FRIED CHIKEN?!

    October 11, 2010 at 7:37 am

  2. Nikki Nalchajian

    Yum. Definitely going to try it!

    October 11, 2010 at 10:58 am

  3. Peggy

    I made this for dinner last night and the fam LOVED it! Thanks for a new chicken recipe.

    October 12, 2010 at 7:39 am

  4. I think I might actually be able to do this! It’s easy! We like easy.

    October 13, 2010 at 3:13 pm

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  6. Shannon

    I must try this!!!

    October 19, 2010 at 9:43 am

  7. Wow!Indulging! I can’t wait to try it in our home. It is very easy and it seems to be really delicious as I look at in the photo. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe.

    October 25, 2010 at 4:24 pm

  8. So indulging! Better try this ASAP! My hubby will be surprise when he got back from his business trip. Maybe some dinner in a candle lit with your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    November 5, 2010 at 3:12 pm

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