I don't love meat, but I'll eat it. Rarely do I say "this is delicious" when I'm eating meat of any kind. But recently one of my friends raved about a chicken recipe her sister-in-law made. She said it was really good, and that I should try making it.
Looking at the ingredient list I didn't see what was so great about it. It seemed a bit strange to me actually. I mean mayonnaise and maple syrup? Yuck! But once this chicken came out of the oven and I took that first bite, I realized this recipe was fantastic! So fantastic, I decided I had to share!
4) boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1-1/4 lbs.)
1/4 cup maple syrup (pure or maple-flavored)
2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
1 cup plain panko crispy bread crumbs
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1) Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil; spray with cooking spray. Between pieces of plastic wrap, waxed paper, or in a Ziplock bag place each chicken breast smooth side down; gently pound with flat side of a meat mallet or a rolling pin until about 1/2" thick.
2) In a shallow dish mix together the mayonnaise and maple syrup. In another shallow dish mix together panko and pecans. Dip chicken into syrup mixtures, then into the panko and pecan mixture. Place on baking sheet. Spray tops of chicken with cooking spray.
3) Bake approximately 15-20 minutes, turning once, until juices run clear when center of thickest part is cut and coating is golden brown.
* Recipe courtesy of Progresso, a General Mills product
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