Bacon Pecan Crusted Chicken with Maple Honey Mustard

Bacon & Pecan Crusted Chicken

This is a unique recipe for Chicken with a Pecan, Bacon and Panko crust. Pecans and cooked bacon are chopped up in the food processor and mixed with panko. A delicious maple syrup mustard sauce is drizzled over top for serving. It has elements of sweet and salty that I love.

Sometimes I get ‘stuck’ in a chicken rut because I eat it so often. It’s a never-ending quest to come up with new recipes. Bacon is a known flavor miracle worker and can make just about anything taste better, except maybe an old shoe.

This would make a wonderful dinner salad over a bed of greens with a honey-mustard vinaigrette drizzled over the top.

Bacon & Pecan Crusted Chicken

Bacon & Pecan Crusted Chicken w/ Maple Honey Mustard
(by Reeni)
8 slices bacon
1 and 1/2 pounds Chicken Breast, skinless and boneless
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup panko crumbs
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
Cook the bacon until crispy. Drain on paper towels and let cool. Rough chop.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cover your chicken with saran wrap and pound to an even thickness (1/2″) using a meat mallet(or a skillet). Season with salt and pepper.
Coarsely chop the pecans and bacon in a food processor. Add the panko, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Pulse once or twice to incorporate the panko.
Place your crumb mixture into a shallow dish, and your beaten eggs in another.
Dunk your chicken in the egg and then dredge with the pecan mixture. Press it on by hand if needed.
Place in a large baking pan and bake until cooked through and juices run clear. About 20-25 minutes depending on the size of your chicken breasts.
Serve with maple honey mustard.
Maple Honey Mustard sauce
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire
2 tablespoons mayonnaise(optional)
Whisk everything together in a small bowl. If you want a creamier, richer sauce add the mayonnaise. Taste and add more honey or mustard if desired.

Bacon & Pecan Crusted Chicken


  1. Junglefrog says

    That has got to be a very tasty chicken. I am about to make my very own and very first (believe it or not) grilled chicken today. I’ve never done a whole chicken, only the fillets, so I am a bit scared. I am just wondering if I will be able to make something like this out of the leftovers. Since it will already be grilled, I am thinking not…

  2. Maria♥ says

    Reeni, this looks wonderful and I too am always on the look-out for new ideas of cooking chicken, thanks for sharing.Btw I used to LOVE that fable when I was a child!!Mariax

  3. girlichef says

    This looks delicious, Reeni…I’m pretty sure bacon would even make an old shoe taste good, though ;) The sauce sounds perfect w/ the flavors you used!

  4. Ronnica says

    That looks delicious. Why do I always stumble on wonderfully yummy looking pictures when my tummy is rumbling?

  5. The Blonde Duck says

    The critters have a large appetite. Very large. :)Perhaps your dream means that it's destiny we meet and live in culinary bliss together as neighbors! We'll be two old fat ladies stuffing our faces with pie with grey curlers and mumus!

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