Nut Crusted Baked Chicken Recipe

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This Nut Crusted Baked Chicken is simply to die for!

This was actually my mom’s recipe. She taught me to make this about #@*# years back and I could never come up with something that was better than her recipe. So instead of reinventing the wheel, I swallowed my teenage pride and paid attention to how she made it.

A single breast of Clean Eating Nut Crusted Baked Chicken sitting on a square, white plate and a dark brown, bamboo placemat.

Glad I did too! Nut crusted chicken is an all time favorite around my house. Every time I make it, everyone is happy at the dinner table, including mom! You just can’t go wrong when you replace bread crumbs with freshly ground nuts. The flavor is fabulous!

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Clean Eating Nut Crusted Baked Chicken

Nut Crusted Baked Chicken Recipe

This might just be the best chicken recipe you’ve ever tried!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 279kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • 1 ½ lb. chicken breasts (3 breasts)
  • 2 large egg whites
  • ½ cup pecans
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. marjoram
  • 1 tsp. salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Add all ingredients (except chicken and egg whites) to the food processor.
  • Blend together until you have a nice crumbly mixture (will be slightly wet).
  • Set up your assembly line so that everything is on it’s own plate. Put chicken on one plate, egg whites on another, and the mixture on yet another so you can grab your chicken, roll it in egg whites, then in the mixture, and put it right on the parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350 F. until the chicken reaches 165 F. on a meat thermometer (on average, about 30-40 minutes).


Please note that the nutrition data is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.5breast | Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 601mg | Potassium: 563mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 92IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 1mg

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I'm Tiffany, a writer for MSN and the AP Newswire, a cookbook author, digital publisher, food lover, and mom. I create healthy, clean eating recipes for everyday living.

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  1. WONDERFUL healthy recipe!

  2. trude wofford says:

    * I am making this tonight* this just sounds so good. thanks Tiffany

    1. Trude – Wonderful! It IS good!

  3. I LOVE nut crusted chicken- will have to try your recipe – mine go to recipe is mustard instead of egg whites, with paprika and almonds – HUGE hit! Thanks for this one 🙂

    1. Mandy – Ooooh! That does sound good!! I’ll have to try it your way next time. Thanks!

  4. i make mine with mustard too:)

    1. Anonymous says:

      Kristin – Sounds yummy!

  5. oh and i bake for 20 min at 400 degrees–makes it crispy:)

    1. Anonymous says:

      Kristen – Great tip! Thanks!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Michele – Wonderful! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  7. graciouspantry says:

    Cheri – Glad you enjoyed it!

  8. Eat.Style.Play says:

    Would it matter is this was made with half the salt or none at all?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      ESP – No, you can adjust the salt to your own personal taste.

  9. graciouspantry says:

    Ivory – My pleasure. It makes me so happy that you’re having so much fun with my recipes. That’s what cooking is all about!

  10. graciouspantry says:

    Awesome! So glad you both enjoyed it!

  11. Debbie Nowak says:

    Could this go on Salmon too?

  12. graciouspantry says:

    My pleasure! So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  13. Jennifer Welch says:

    I really want to try this recipe, but due to allergies the only nuts my husband can eat are almonds and peanuts. Would this recipe be good with only almonds or do you have any other suggestions? Thanks.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Only almonds would work just fine. But any nuts will work here. Enjoy!

      1. Jennifer Welch says:

        Thank you. I can’t wait to try it. I’ve made several of your recipes and they have all been a BIG hit in my house. I’m new to clean eating and you’ve made it so easy.

  14. We had this for dinner tonight and we loved it! I’m not big on herbs so I put a little garlic and opinion powder in instead. I’m new to your site and am finding many new favorites! Thanks!

  15. Is there anything I could substitute for the egg wash (my son is allergic to eggs)? Thanks!

    1. Tracie – I’ve never done it with anything other than eggs. I’ve heard it can be done with yogurt, but I’m not sure what the change in flavor would be.

  16. Made this tonight, it was absolutely delicious! I did what the one poster said and baked it at 400 degrees for 20 minutes which gave it a nice little crunch. This is my new favorite, thanks for the great recipe!

  17. just made this for dinner…so good! another one of your recipes i have to print out and add to my collection!

  18. Hi Tiffany! I’ve been snooping your blog for the past month, and I’ve made this chicken twice already and it is amazing. What a wonderful resource you’re providing! I’m on day 3 of clean eating and I even survived watching my husband eat some fresh-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies last night without stabbing him. HAHA! I’ve been very healthy in the past but have let everything slide the last year and a half or so. This is the boost I needed. Thanks so much for all the wonderful recipes and resources!


    1. Andi – My pleasure! And if it gets really bad, I do have a recipe for clean, chocolate chip cookies here. I mean if it’s between cookies and stabbing him, I suggest the cookies every time. LOL!

  19. carol singh says:

    Would this work with chicken tenders? thinking would almost be like chicken strips then.

  20. Hi, I want to try this, but I don’t like cheese. Can I skip the cheese?

    1. Samantha – You can try it. It certainly adds flavor and little bit of “glue” to stick to the chicken, but it could work without it too.

  21. For the nuts are they raw, roasted or roasted and salted?
    Thank you for this great idea

    1. Jayme – Raw is best otherwise they might over cook if they are already roasted. I’ll add that to the recipe. Hope you enjoy it!

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