Almond Crusted Crispy Chicken Breast 

By Rena |

Give your chicken breast recipe an upgrade with this Crispy Almond Crusted Chicken Breast recipe. It is very flavorful, with a perfect crispy texture on the outside, and tender juicy chicken on the side. Serve as a main meal with veggies or a salad topper. Simple and easy to make.

top view sliced almond crusted crispy chicken breast with a side of broccoli in a pan

This crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside chicken breast cutlets will blow you away. Chicken breast coated with a flavorful almond crust is cooked half way through on an oven safe skillet and then baked to perfection in a preheated oven along side some blanches broccoli until fully cooked through. The chicken comes out very tender and juicy on the inside while it maintains its nutty and crispyness. This almond crusted cripsy chicken breast recipe can be served as is with veggies, or added to salads for an extra protein boost. They will be loved by everyone and the almonds make this recipe a total game changer.

Why you will love this crispy chicken recipe

  • Tender, juicy, and so good: Once you try this crispy almond crusted chicken, you will want to make it all the time. It is crispy on the outside, and tender and juicy on the inside.
  • Perfect for salads: a great way to enjoy more protein in salads. Use them as salad toppers. Make for a perfect addition to convert your salad into a full meal.
  • Healthy: no need frying or grease needed to make these crispy chicken breasts. A much better option than takeout.
tope view of sliced crispy chicken breast with broccoli.

Ingredients you will need to make this crispy almond crusted chicken breast

  • Blanched almonds: we prefer that you use almonds. you may also usee cashews or walnuts
  • Seasonings: you will need garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper
  • One large egg
  • Chicken breast: use boneless and skinless chicken breast. You may also use chicken thighs.
  • Oil: we used olive oil. Any other oil would work
  • One head broccoli: you may use frozen.
ingredients to make the crispy almond crusted chicken cutlets

How to make these crispy chicken breast with broccoli

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a large sheet pan with parchment paper.

Place the almonds together with the seasonings into a food processor. Pulse until small chopped. Transfer the almond mixture to a shallow plate.

almonds and seasoning in a food processor

Meanwhile, blanch the broccoli in salted water, for 1-2 minutes. Drain and set aside in a bowl. Drizzle or spray with a bit of cooking oil.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Dip each chicken cutlet into the beaten eggs, allowing the excess to drip off; Place on the plate with the almond coating and gently press to coat on both sides.

chicken breast being added over the seasoned almond crumbs to be coated

Meanwhile, preheat the oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium-low heat. Cook the chicken in batches until it begins to get golden then flip, for around 4-5 minutes in total.

Once the chicken cutlets are all golden, gather them into the skillet. Add the blanched broccoli next to it.

3 cooked almond crusted chicken breast in a skillet

Place in the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes or until cutlets are cooked through and no longer pink on the inside.

Season to taste, if needed, and serve warm.

tope close up view of sliced almond crusted chicken breast with steamed broccoli in a skillet

frequently asked questions

It is healthier to fry or bake chicken breast?

It is much healthier to grill or bake your chicken breast rather than deep frying. Deep frying requires alot of oil or grease as opposed to grilling or baking. You may pan fry chicken with a small amount of oil. You want to stay away from deep fried foods.

Is pan frying chicken healthy?

Pan frying requires a small amount of oil as opposed to deep frying chicken. Pan frying would be a healthier option if you prefer frying the chicken rather than baking it of grilling. If you must pan fry chicken, you can get away with using a small amount of oil.

How long do I fry boneless chicken breast?

This will vary based on the thickness of the chicken breast. Depending on its thickness, if the chicken breast is more on the thin side it will need 4-5 minutes per side over medium heat. A rather thicker piece will need to be cooked for 6-8 minutes per side. The key is to cook it over medium heat and not high heat. If you want tp be 100% certain the chicken is cooked through, you would have to use a food thermomether and check the internal temperature until it reaches 165F.

top view chicken breast sliced with side of broccoli in an orange skillet

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tope close up view of sliced almond crusted chicken breast with steamed broccoli in a skillet

Almond Crusted Crispy Chicken Breast

Give your chicken breast recipe an upgrade with this Crispy Almond Crusted Chicken Breast recipe. Coated with an almond seasoning breading and baked to perfection.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 450kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blanched almonds
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • kosher salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 chicken breast sliced in half lengthways
  • 2 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1 medium head broccoli

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a large sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Place the almonds together with the seasonings into a food processor. Pulse until small chopped. Transfer the almond mixture to a shallow plate.
  • Meanwhile, blanch the broccoli in salted water, for 1-2 minutes. Drain and set aside in a bowl. Drizzle or spray with a bit of cooking oil.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Dip each chicken cutlet into the beaten eggs, allowing the excess to drip off; Place on the plate with the almond coating and gently press to coat on both sides.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium-low heat. Cook the chicken in batches until it begins to get golden then flip, for around 4-5 minutes in total.
  • Once the chicken cutlets are all golden, gather them into the skillet. Add the blanched broccoli next to it.
  • Place in the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes or until cutlets are cooked through and no longer pink on the inside.
  • Season to taste, if needed, and serve warm.

Notes

  • Use boneless and skinless chicken thighs if needed. 
  • Any oil of choice will work.
  • Use any other veggie of choice if you don’t like broccoli.
  • You may use frozen broccoli if preferred.
  • Thin out the chicken breasts if you prefer.
  • Easily double up on the recipe.
  • Other nuts can be used like cashews, pecans, or walnuts

Nutrition

Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 279mg | Potassium: 1148mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1301IU | Vitamin C: 137mg | Calcium: 165mg | Iron: 3mg
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