Pecan Crusted Chicken
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Pecan Crusted Chicken

I was never a huge fan of fried chicken, chicken nuggets, or any other variation of breaded chicken – but the reality is – that little crunch on the outside of a moist piece of chicken appears to be universally pleasing to the masses, including all the boys in my family.  Here is a fun and fast recipe which in my humble opinion, tastes much better than the traditional breaded chicken!

Pecan Crusted Chicken

Author Sarah Fragoso


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup organic spicy brown mustard
  • 2 tbsp raw organic honey
  • 1 cup pecans
  • sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350. In a medium sized mixing bowl blend together the mustard and honey.  Toss the pecans in a food processor and pulse until the nuts are finely chopped.  Pour the chopped pecans either on a plate or in a pie pan if you have one.  Using a paper towel, remove any excess moisture from the outside of your chicken breasts.  Taking one chicken breast at a time, first place the chicken into the mustard/honey mixture and coat on both sides.  Transfer chicken to the chopped pecans and again cover both sides.  Place coated chicken into a greased glass baking dish (I used a little olive oil spray to cover the bottom of the dish) and sprinkle each chicken breast with just a little sea salt.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until the chicken juices run clear.


Sarah Fragoso

Sarah Fragoso is an international best selling author of 6 books, co-owner of the Chico, CA based gym JS Strength and Conditioning, and founder of the Everyday Paleo franchise. Sarah is the co-host of the popular Sarah and Dr. Brooke Show podcast and she also conducts workshops and retreats on the subjects of nutrition, lifestyle and fitness.

Her message is from the heart and she carries a genuine desire to help other families looking for guidance. These attributes have contributed to her successes and provide the drive to keep the discoveries coming.

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  1. This looks delicious! It is simple and I usually have all ingredients on hand. I am low on pecans so I will be trying it with pecans and walnuts, maybe some macadamia nuts too!

    It will be enjoyed next week nonetheless 🙂

  2. Rebecca Reynolds says:

    I have been following your blog for a few weeks now and it is the best paleo blog I have found so far! I have been doing crossfit in Mobile, Al since November and have finally started paleo. Your recipes have really made it easy to enjoy paleo and I can’t wait to try this recipe this week!! Thanks 🙂

  3. Oooh! That looks incredible! I was just trying to figure out chicken nuggets yesterday (as I’ve just started going paleo this past Saturday)! This is exciting!

  4. Virginia says:

    This is a perfect recipe for us to try since we live in a pecan orchard valley in southern New Mexico. I never enjoyed pecans until we moved to the Southwest and can taste the difference in fresh pecans vs. picking them up at the grocery store. A couple of places to order from online are San Saba Pecan ( or Stahmann’s (, where we pick them up locally. San Saba buys pecans from all over the valley. Stahmann’s has their own orchards. We usually buy at San Saba because they’re a little less expensive.

    1. Sarah says:

      Hey Virginia,
      Thanks for the tip on where to order pecans, I’ll have to give it a try!

  5. this loooooooks nommy…will need to find a nut replacement b/c them babies is expensive!!!!!!!

    1. You can buy pecans pretty inexpensive at Costco. Get them in the baking section, NOT the candy and nuts section. They have several kinds of bags of nuts pretty inexpensive. But make sure you look down their baking isle.

      1. Sarah says:

        Thanks for the tip BJ!

      2. Dan says:

        I’d watch out for some Costco nuts. They are processed in a facility that processes wheat. Read the fine print before buying.

  6. I have been following your blog for about a month now and love that you have a way of making these recipes sound so easy! And you usually have a very low ingredient list which I LOVE! I’m actually trying this tonight but with halibut!

  7. This was really good, you can really taste the pecan crust and it gives the chicken a nice texture. I had seconds!

    1. Sarah says:

      That chicken got us threw a crazy weekend, I even ate it for breakfast!! Glad you liked it too babe… : )

  8. Just made the pecan crusted chicken! Absolutely gorgoeous well done!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks Tom! : )

  9. Alex says:

    Hi! I’m new to paleo, and I really like your site as a resource. I found some other good recipes at But I love the great looking pictures on your site.

  10. John says:

    This is a great recipe. I made it twice in one week. I also used it with duck breasts and they were awesome.

  11. Rob says:

    Hey Sarah,

    I just wanted to tell you that I made these last night and they were amazing!!

    I must say of all the paleo recipies I have tried yours ALWAYS taste the best! Please keep them coming!

  12. Jen says:

    I made these during the week and I wanted to tell you that they were a huge hit with my family. Thanks for all of the recipies on your site. I have made most of them and all have turned out great. Also thanks for the brussel sprout inspiration. I never tried them before I found your site. I am looking for a vitamin supplement for my 3 year old – any suggestions? Thanks again!

  13. Great blog! It’s always nice to get some fresh paleo recipes. I made this as suggested, and it was really tasty. Have you tried it without the honey? I’d like to avoid the sugar, and was wondering how it worked out for folks who might have also left it out.

  14. Stacy says:

    I made this last week and it was delicious. Have you tried brussels sprouts satued in bacon? It was very good. Thanks for the blog!

  15. SK says:

    Just made my first paleo dinner for the family using this recipe. So yummy! Was a little heavy on the mustard taste for the kiddos (ages 3 &4) but will definitly make this again, just with less mustard!
    I love this site! Thanks!

  16. Phil says:

    Wow, thanks so much for the inspiration!!! I modified the recipe using walnuts as a “breading” instead and stuffed the chicken with dates (likely not Paleo friendly but I’m steadily getting rid of all my non-Paleo food in prep for a 30 day strict). Soooo good!!!!

  17. This was an AWESOME recipe! I made it last night and it was fantastic! Thank you so much for the recipe (and all of the recipes!).
    Check out my post about it. 😉

  18. Matt says:

    Thanks for this delicious recipe! We had it last night – no leftovers! Evidence of a hit!

  19. Carla C says:

    I made this and it turned out wonderful! I picked up a huge bag of pecans at Costco for under $10. Since my local store didn’t have spicy mustard I used regular and it turned out great! My husband commented that I should definately make this one again.

  20. Brittany says:

    I made this recipe for the first time two months ago. I’ve only made it twice, but dad keeps requesting it, so I’ll be making it again tonight for him and my bf. 🙂

  21. Hi! Love this site and have tried many of your delicious recipes! I’m doing a 30 day Whole30 challenge — any thoughts on what to use instead of honey? I’m considering coconut milk…..

    Thanks again for all of the GREAT meal ideas!

    1. Hi Jen,
      You can try coconut milk, or even just do the mustard without the honey maybe? I’m so glad you are enjoying my recipes!! : )

  22. jenny says:

    Made this recipe tonight! It was yummy…will do it again. My 4 and 6 yr old enjoyed it as well. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  23. We had this last night and everyone, especially the picky 6 year old, gobbled it up. I agree, it’s way better than chicken nuggets! 🙂 I seriously cannot wait for your book to be out!!

  24. Lori says:

    Got any suggestions for what to bread with that is not a nut? My child is very allergic to nuts. She is also allergic to apples & oranges. Not paleo, also allergic to corn and soy. I have been doing paleo with her, I am trying to make sure she likes what she eats. I ordered your book, and can not wait to get it!

    1. Sarah says:

      If she’s not allergic to coconut I would suggest using finely shredded unsweetened coconut flakes instead of the pecans. You can also just use the honey mustard as a glaze, sear it in a hot pan first in some melted butter or coconut oil to lock in the flavor and juices and then finish in the oven! : )

  25. Chrissy says:

    Made this last night with my non Paleo best friend… we have both loved every recipe we’ve made from the website and we are now cooking our way through your book! 🙂 Thanks for all the inspiration!

  26. Mandie Wood says:

    I agree with you on the not being a great fan of breaded chicken.. BUT I just made this for dinner tonight with a salad.. ohhhh wow!! The boys in my family were totally arguing over who was getting the rest!! (Im the only female in my house too!) This meal was sooo yummy!! I can’t wait to make it again!! I didn’t realize I could cook until you came along!! Thank you Sarah!!

  27. Melanie says:

    YUM!!! I just made this last night with the Fancy Pear Salad… delicious!!! I don’t really like nuts all that much, but when you crunch them up and put them on chicken with mustard and honey, wow! I felt like I was eating dessert!! My husband loved it too; he plate was literally “clean” when we were done. Not a crumb (or pecan, rather) left! Thanks for the great recipes!

  28. jennifer says:

    totally not a fan of honey, brown mustard, or pecans. yet i LOVED this recipe. thanks!!!

  29. I make a very similar pork medallion with horseradish and pistachios. SO delish. Will give this a try!

    1. Yum, that sounds delicious Lori!

  30. Made this tonight for the first time, needed something new for chicken and this was amazing. I didn’t have spicy mustard so I just used what we had. I will for sure make this again.

  31. BethC says:

    I just found this recipe and it looks absolutely delicious!!! There is a great place online to get pecan meal from DurhamEllis Pecans. It’s only $4.25 for a pound of meal. And that way you don’t have to crush them yourself. It’s already done for you. 🙂

  32. YUM – we just made this but with 3/4 cup almonds instead of 1 cup pecans (what I had on hand!) – awesome! Just put it over lettuce and didn’t even need a dressing!

  33. Katie says:

    What would you cook as a side that would go with the pecan chicken?

    1. Sarah says:

      I would suggest roasted Brussels Sprouts or a big green salad!

  34. Shelly says:

    this recipe is very very good! I was very skeptical because I do not like mustard, but I thought I would give this recipe a try anyway. I was very surprised how tasty this recipe is!! you cannot taste the mustard at all. the chicken was moist and very delicious! I will make this often to have on hand to take with me for lunch at work!! Thx!!

  35. My very special friend made me the Pecan Crusted Chicken and it was amazing! I only have two words for it.. Wow!

  36. McKenna says:

    Made this tonight- laid it on top of a spinach salad with raspberries, strawberries and a homemade balsamic dressing. AMAZING.

  37. Natalie says:

    We make this at least once a week! One of my favorite recipes! Thank you so much for sharing!

  38. Aveo says:

    Do you cover this while baking?

  39. Hayley says:

    This was fabulous, thank you!

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