This Pumpkin Seed Crusted Chicken is an easy and great way to make delicious chicken. Crunchy pumpkin seeds are little powerhouses of nutrition and using them instead of breadcrumbs changes a pretty ho-hum dish into something special — a deliciously moist chicken in a crisp, nutty coating packed with cancer-fighting nutrients.

4 servings

7 ingredients

15 min prep

  • 1 cup hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 (4 ounce) chicken breasts

  1. Chop the pumpkin seeds finely or add to a food processor with salt, parmesan, oregano, and paprika. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Brush or rub roughly 1 tablespoon of oil on each chicken breast. Coat the chicken in the pumpkin seed mixture, pressing to adhere. Place the crusted chicken onto a plate. Repeat for all the chicken breasts.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive in a wide skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken (in batches if needed so as not to crowd the pan), cooking for 5 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked depending on the thickness of chicken.
  4. Transfer the chicken to a plate and serve immediately.
Chef Tips

You can also bake this chicken in the oven. Lightly grease a sheet pan and heat it in a preheated 400-degree oven for 10 minutes. Lay the chicken on the heated pan and bake for 10 minutes, flipping the pieces after 7 to 8 minutes. If the chicken breasts are thick, bake for a further 5 minutes or until firm to the touch.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories: 484; Fat: 40g; Saturated Fat: 8g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g; Monounsaturated Fat: 19g; Carbohydrates: 4g; Sugar: 1g; Fiber: 2g; Protein: 31g; Sodium: 388mg

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This recipe was originally published on Cook for Your Life. It is used by permission.

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