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Walnut Crusted Chicken Recipe

Krista S

The walnut crusted chicken recipe is a healthier alternative to the traditional breaded and fried chicken. This dish is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal or for entertaining guests. The chicken is coated in a mixture of chopped walnuts, bread crumbs, and spices, then baked until golden brown. The result is a crispy and flavorful chicken that is sure to please everyone at the table.

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Who doesn’t love chicken? It’s a lean protein that can be cooked in a variety of ways, making it a go-to for many people. But sometimes, chicken can get a little boring. That’s where this recipe comes in! This walnut crusted chicken is a delicious and easy way to change up your usual chicken dinner. The best part about this recipe is that, after a short period of marination, it only takes a few minutes to prepare.

Marinating Chicken Tips:

  1. Plan ahead: Marinating chicken takes time, so make sure you plan ahead and give the chicken enough time to marinate. A general rule of thumb is to marinate for at least 30 minutes, but for best results, marinate for several hours or overnight.
  2. Use acidic ingredients: Ingredients like lemon juice, vinegar, or yogurt help to tenderize the chicken and add flavor. Try to use a marinade that includes at least one acidic ingredient.
  3. Be mindful of the salt content: Too much salt can make the chicken taste overly salty and can also dry it out. If you’re using a store-bought marinade, be sure to read the label and consider using a low-sodium variety.
  4. Use the right container: Use a non-reactive container, like a glass dish or a resealable plastic bag, to marinate the chicken in. Avoid using metal containers, as they can react with the acidic ingredients in the marinade.
  5. Mix it up: Be sure to turn the chicken occasionally while it’s marinating so that it marinates evenly.
  6. Marinate in the refrigerator: Marinating chicken at room temperature can create a risk of bacteria growth, so it’s best to marinate the chicken in the refrigerator.
  7. Don’t reuse marinade: If you’ve used a marinade to coat raw chicken, don’t use it again as a sauce without boiling it first to kill any bacteria.

Side Dish Pairings:

Here are five great side dishes that would pair well with a walnut-crusted chicken:

  1. Roasted vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, carrots, or broccoli in olive oil, salt, and pepper, for a delicious and healthy side dish.
  2. Quinoa or Brown rice.  Both of these grains are versatile and easy to prepare, and they’ll provide a nice contrast to the crunchy texture of the walnut-crusted chicken.
  3. A simple salad of mixed greens and a light vinaigrette dressing will provide a nice contrast to the richness of the walnut-crusted chicken.
  4. Sauteed spinach or other greens: Cooked down spinach or other greens like kale or chard, with garlic and lemon make a nice side. It’s healthy and adds some color to the plate.
  5. This chicken served with a creamy and buttery mashed potatoes or a sweeter version like sweet potatoes would be a comforting side dish that pairs well with the rich and flavorful walnut-crusted chicken.

There are several reasons to love this walnut crusted chicken recipe. First, the walnuts provide a delicious and nutritious crunch to the chicken. They also add a lovely flavor that compliments the chicken perfectly. Additionally, the recipe is extremely easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients. Finally, this dish is perfect for a quick weeknight meal or a fancy dinner party alike.  Try our Key Lime Pie recipe for dessert with this great chicken dish!

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Walnut Crusted Chicken Recipe

  • Author: Krista
  • Total Time: 55
  • Yield: 2 1x


This walnut crusted chicken recipe is just that. The chicken is coated in a mixture of chopped walnuts and then baked until golden brown.


Units Scale

2 boneless chicken breast

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard

2 garlic cloves minced

1 tsp dried thyme

1/2 cup walnuts chopped

1 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp pepper

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt


  1. Place the chicken, olive oil, mustard, garlic, onion powder and dried thyme in a large zipped-top bag container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours
  2. In a mixing bowl combine the walnut, flour, salt, paprika and pepper
  3. Remove the chicken, shake off a little excess marinade and dip both sides of the chicken in the walnut mixture.
  4. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  5. Transfer chicken to the oven and bake for 25 minutes.
  6. Cut the baked chicken into slices.
  7. Ready to serve.


  • Consider using an Air Fryer to cook the chicken, which can be faster and crispier in the end.  Check your Fryer for manufacturer suggested cooking times.
  • Cook the chicken thoroughly before eating it. Chicken should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 °F to ensure that any bacteria are killed and the meat is safe to eat.
  • Not a fan of walnuts?  Try with Almonds, Cashews or Pecans.
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 25

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