One of my favorite dishes from the Whole30 adventure (or as I like to call it: Whole29.5) that I did with my friend, Deanna is this easy Pecan Crusted Chicken served on a bed of smashed sweet potatoes. It’s healthy comfort food and ready in a half hour. This is also perfect for those who follow a Paleo program. I’ve also included an Instant Pot recipe.
You can use any chicken, but I made these with thighs as I sometimes prefer dark meat. I’ve made it with boneless breasts and they came out perfect, too.
I love serving them on a bed of smashed sweet potatoes. I season them with ghee, salt, and pepper. If you want a bit of sweetness, add some cinnamon to the mash. NOTE: When doing the Whole30 program, Ghee is suggested rather than using butter.
Here’s an easy one-pan oven recipe that I hope you’ll enjoy.Print
Whole 30/Paleo Pecan Crusted Chicken – Healthy Comfort Food
Served on a bed of mashed sweet potatoes, this pecan crusted chicken is healthy comfort food and oh so easy.
4 – 6 skinkess chicken thighs
1 cup chopped pecans
1–2 tbs Ghee – melted
Salt and Pepper
1 beaten egg
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Season chicken with salt and pepper
Dip each chicken thigh in egg and then coat with the chopped pecans and place in cooking dish.
Drizzle melted Ghee on the pecans
Bake for 20 minutes.
Place chicken thighs into a non-stick baking dish
Serve on a bed of mashed sweet potatoes and side of vegetables.
INSTANT POT RECIPE
Turn the Instant Pot set to saute. Add 1-2 TBS olive oil. Brown the chicken thighs on both sides .
Remove the chicken from the pot and add 1 CUP OF CHICKEN OR VEGETABLE STOCK. (As my mother Bernice says:” “use stock, water doesn’t taste good.”) Scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to remove any burned bits. Cancel sauté function.
Add the trivet to the Instant Pot and place chicken on top of the trivet.
Seal the lid and pressure cook on high for 10 minutes. When done, do a 10 minute natural release.
Remove the chicken from the pot and place on an oven-safe baking/serving dish.
Place chopped pecans over the chicken and brush/drizzle Ghee to give it a buttery flavor.
Pop it under the broiler to crisp it up for a minute or so.
For other Whole30, and Paleo recipes, check out how my friend Deanna Reed-Foster and I lost 15 lbs and a pant size. (Some of you may know her from Chicago Fire.) And let me tell you, we’re still on fire after 30 days.
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Here’s another Whole30 and Paleo Chicken and veggie recipe that’s fast and easy: