Switch up your normal dinner routine and give this pistachio dijon mustard chicken a try! You’ll be surprised when your whole family can enjoy it. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of pistachios or mustard usually (I wasn’t either), I bet you’ll like this combination! This fancy breaded chicken is baked in the oven so you can focus on the other parts of your dinner while it bakes.
I love making breaded chicken. It’s one of my go to dishes that has become a comfort meal for us. So this pistachio dijon mustard chicken may sound like it would be a given in our house, but it wasn’t always that way.? When I first had this pistachio dijon mustard chicken I was pretty certain I wouldn’t like it. It was about five years ago and pistachios and mustard were two foods that were no where near my preferred flavor palate.
Since we were having dinner at my boss’ house the first time I had this chicken, it’s a?really good thing that I didn’t hate this chicken. In fact, I surprisingly really liked it. So much so that it didn’t take long before it showed up on our menu at home. Now five years later, it’s a nice treat we enjoy every once in a while to switch up our usual breaded chicken.
I’ve definitely opened my taste buds up to recipes that use mustard in them (for example, we love this maple mustard chicken from my friend at The Clean Eating Couple) but pistachios are still not something I would take from the pantry for a snack. I’ve never been a huge fan of nuts for a snack, but on this chicken I’m sold!
You can opt for a “crunchier” version of this chicken by grinding the pistachios less for a coarser texture, it’s totally up to you! If you have larger pieces, they may have a harder time sticking to the chicken, so you may need to pat some on top of the chicken once it’s sitting in the baking dish so they don’t fall off when transferring to the dish.
Our toddler is, like a lot of toddlers I think, sometimes picky about eating meat. But if you give him some breaded chicken, he’s all about it. So this chicken is perfect for the whole family and your kiddos may just like it, too! I love how easy this breaded chicken is to make, too, because I know breaded chicken can be a bit intimidating if you’ve never made it before. But this version is super quick, you mix a few ingredients together, then just dip your raw chicken into the sauce ingredients first, then into the bread crumb and pistachio mixture. Then bake! If you’ve ever been intimidated by a baked chicken recipe, maybe this one is your gateway!
One cool thing I should note is that the first time we had this chicken, the host also made a tofu version! I’ve made it before for my brother as well, who’s a vegetarian, and he loved it. So if you’re serving this to a group with both meat and non-meat eaters, this is a perfect recipe you can customize a bit for a varied group of dietary needs.
What do you think? Are you usually a pistachio fan? Would you try this chicken?
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- 4 thinly sliced chicken breasts?or 2 full size chicken breasts, cut in half or pounded thin
- 1 cup pistachios, no shells, coarsely ground in a food processor
- ½ cup bread crumbs
- ¼ cup dijon mustard
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a baking sheet or Pyrex dish and set aside.
- In a food processor, pulse pistachios until coarsely ground.
- Mix together ground pistachios and bread crumbs in a shallow bowl.
- In a separate bowl, stir together Dijon mustard, olive oil, honey, and pepper until smooth.
- If needed, cut full size chicken breasts in half or pound thin to about ½ inch.
- Dip chicken into liquid mixture to coat then coat with bread crumbs mixture.
- Place onto prepared baking sheet.
- Bake until the chicken is no longer pink and the pistachio coating is golden brown, about 20-23 minutes.
I used roasted and salted pistachios, but if yours are unsalted, you can add a bit of salt to the mustard mixture.
For a vegetarian option, substitute extra firm tofu, cut into 1 in thick strips. Cooking time will need to be adjusted.