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Buttermilk Pecan Chicken

A nice crunchy baked chicken that's good if you are craving fried chicken. You can substitute almonds for pecans if you prefer.



  1. Grind up pecans (or almonds) in a coffee grinder or blender. Grind enough to have 2/3 cup for coating the chicken.
  2. In a shallow bowl combine the ground pecans, paprika, salt and pepper.
  3. Place flour and buttermilk in separate bowls.
  4. Coat chicken with flour then dip in buttermilk and last coat with the pecan mixture.
  5. Spray a 13" x 9" x 2" baking dish with cooking spray like Pam. Place the chicken once it's been coated in the prepared baking dish.
  6. Bake uncovered at 375 °F (190 °C) for 35 to 40 minutes or until juices run clear and chicken is browned and crispy.
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There is only a touch of whole wheat flour on these so you could possibly eat them on Phase 1 too. I also eat 1/2 a portion & cut it up into a salad since this recipe is kind of high in calories.
I think this recipe is pretty good for the Abs Diet. It has nuts and dairy, two power foods, and it tastes great!
27 Sep 07 by member: veggie_b
Does anyone else think the nutrition facts might be wrong on this recipe? Where are all the fat and calories coming from?
06 Jan 08 by member: kimst
this looks good, but I think the Nutrition facts are for if you eat the entire recipe, not for a single serving
09 Jan 08 by member: artistgrl
fat and calories are from the 8 oz of pecans!
08 Dec 09 by member: dannab1
I am out of Pam. Can I substitute WD-40?
02 Sep 10 by member: Ladyvolnut


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Nutrition summary:

There are 731 calories in 1 serving of Buttermilk Pecan Chicken.
Calorie break-down: 55% fat, 11% carbs, 34% protein.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 413
Calories 731
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 45.94g 71%
  Saturated Fat 4.573g 23%
  Polyunsaturated Fat 12.736g  
  Monounsaturated Fat 25.76g  
Cholesterol 138mg 46%
Sodium 758mg 32%
Potassium 1014mg  
Total Carbohydrate 21.47g 7%
  Dietary Fiber 8.4g 34%
  Sugars 3.69g  
Protein 63.12g  
Vitamin A 156% Vitamin C 39%
Calcium 39% Iron 104%
of RDI*
(731 calories)
37% of RDI
Calorie Breakdown:
Carbohydrate (11%)
Fat (55%)
Protein (34%)
* Based on a RDI of 2000 calories