Pecan-Crusted Chicken with Bourbon Sauce

Featured by Carr Vineyards & Winery in the Pinot Noir Wine Club.
Pecan-Crusted Chicken with Bourbon Sauce


Tender chicken with a crispy crust of pecans and bread crumbs and drizzled with a delicious bourbon sauce. The light and slightly sweet flavors from the pecans compliments the chicken nicely, especially when topped with bourbon sauce! Pair this with a Pinot Noir.

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes


• 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
• 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
• 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
• 1/4 cup clarified butter, melted
• 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
• 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
• 2 2/3 Tbs. Bourbon Whiskey
• 2 Tbs. soy sauce
• 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
• 3/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small cubes
• 1/2 cup sliced green onions


Stir together the pecans, bread crumbs, and 2 Tbs. of clarified butter. Spread the mixture out on a plate. Press the chicken breasts into the mixture to coat on both sides.

Heat the remaining 2 Tbs. of clarified butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the coated chicken breasts in the pan, and fry on both sides until nicely browned and chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes per side.

In a small saucepan, whisk together the Dijon mustard, brown sugar, bourbon, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce until smooth. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, then remove from the burner, and whisk in the 3/4 cup of unsalted butter one piece at a time. Do not return to the heat.

Arrange the chicken breasts on a large serving plate. Pour the sauce over the chicken, and sprinkle with green onion.

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