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Walnut crusted chicken

Walnut crusted chicken is a delicious and easy chicken dinner. This recipe is perfect for busy weeknights. My favourite thing about this dish is how impressive it looks although it honestly isn’t. All you have to do is roll some chicken in tiny walnut pieces and bake it in the oven. But your guests won’t know that!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: International
Keyword: chicken, parmesan, walnuts
Servings: 4
Calories: 382kcal
Author: Tonje
Cost: Cheap


  • 2 chicken breast fillets
  • 175 g walnut pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 15 g finely grated parmesan
  • ground black pepper


  • First, preheat your oven to 195°C / 175°C fan oven / 380°F / Gas mark 5.
  • Crack your egg in a bowl, and add the mustard. Whisk to combine the yolk and egg white until it’s a smooth egg mixture.
  • Add your walnuts to a food processor and blend until you have finely crumbled walnuts. If you don’t have a food processor, you can also use a knife and chop the walnuts finely. Avoid any large chunks. Combine your walnuts, parmesan and black pepper, then add them to a plate.
  • Slice the chicken breast fillets in two straight down the middle, so that you end up with 4 thin chicken fillets. Use tongs or a fork, and dip one of the chicken fillets into the egg mixture. Make sure to completely coat the chicken with the egg. Then, move the chicken to the plate with the walnuts. Move the chicken around, making sure to completely coat it in the walnut crumble.
  • Place the chicken fillet on a baking tray, then repeat the process with the other chicken pieces.
  • If using 2 chicken fillets, you should now have 4 chicken pieces coated in walnuts. Bake the chicken fillets in the oven until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Make sure that the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 75° C / 165° F before eating, as this is the temperature which makes chicken safe for consumption.


Leftovers can safely be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also freeze leftovers. Thaw frozen walnut crusted chicken thoroughly, then reheat in the oven for 5-10 minutes until piping hot.

My best tips for a perfect result

  • You can add any other seasoning that you enjoy to the walnuts before crusting the chicken. Try taco seasoning, cajun seasoning, Italian seasoning, ras el hanout or curry powder.
  • Alternatively, replace walnuts with any other nuts that you enjoy. Try pecans, pistachios or hazelnuts. You can also toast the nuts before crumbling them if you like that toasted nut flavour.
  • I like to use a food processor to quickly crumble the walnut pieces, but you can also use a knife. Just remember to chop it very finely.


Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 417mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 106IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 2mg