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Recipe: Hazelnut Crusted Chicken

Asking Papa-Bug for dinner ideas recently, he glibly said “Hazelnut Chicken”. When I asked where he saw the recipe he said he hadn't seen it anywhere, but could I just make it up? I turned it over in my mind for a while, and finally came up with this recipe. It is mostly a paleo meal recipe – the Parmesan cheese can be omitted if you don't eat dairy.

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Hazelnut Crusted Chicken

1 cup crushed hazelnuts
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. parsley

2/3 cup milk
2 1 egg

4 chicken breasts (bone in or boneless – your choice)

3-4 tbl. melted butter or coconut oil

Preheat the oven to 350*.

Crush whole hazelnuts in a food processor. In a shallow dish, mix hazelnuts with the coconut flour, cheese, salt, pepper, and parsley. In another shallow dish mix the milk and eggs.

Soak the chicken breasts in the milk/egg mixture for a few minutes on each side. Dip in the hazelnut mixture, making sure that the breasts get fully covered. Place in a greased baking dish.

Bake for about an hour, until the chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear. Pull the chicken out and carefully brush the melted butter (or coconut oil) over each breast. Return to the oven and switch it a low broil for 5-7 minutes to toast the nuts.

Serve and enjoy!

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4 responses »

  1. You make it sound like I’m a total jerk, and I want everyone to know, I didn’t say “could you just make it up?” What I said was more something like, “It seems like you could dredge a chicken breast in chopped hazelnuts, maybe some herbs, maybe some cheese with an egg wash, and bake it. That would be good, right?”

    The parmesan was totally your idea.

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  2. My daughter and I made this last night, and, oh boy, was it ever good! Before the final broil, we filled in the negative space around the chicken with cauliflower and covered them with butter and leftover dredge. Just like that, a new dinner favorite was born. Thanks for sharing!

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