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.
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!