Almond Crusted Chicken with Balsamic Orange Drizzle

May 1, 2012

in Dinner in a Dash, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Low Carb, Recipes

Sounds fancy, doesn’t it?  But don’t be fooled…this is indeed a 30-minute weeknight dinner.  Easy assembly then into the oven!  My hubby and I seriously loved this and almost licked our plates!  What’s even better is that this is totally a kid-friendly meal as well.  Once the chicken is cooked, cut it into strips and serve with a side of honey instead of the balsamic drizzle and voila!  This recipe is also gluten free, could also be dairy free, lower carb and high protein.

Almond Crusted Chicken with Balsamic Orange Drizzle

4 x 4 oz chicken breasts, pounded slightly between plastic wrap to even out thickness
1/2 cup almond meal (just grind raw almonds in your food processor or blender)
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese (omit for dairy-free)


1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp reduced sugar orange marmalade (could also use apricot if desired)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  As mentioned above, pound out chicken breasts between plastic wrap to even out thickness.  In a shallow dish, place all other dry ingredients.  Dunk the chicken in the almond mixture on both sides.  Place in a oven proof dish (uncovered), place in oven.  Cook for 10-15 minutes on each side.  May need more or less time depending on the size and thickness of your chicken breasts.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, add the balsamic vinegar and orange marmalade.  Allow to simmer and reduce for a least 20 minutes.  You’ll know its done when the sauce will cover the back of a spoon.

*TIP: If you find your chicken breading isn’t browning in the oven, simply turn it to BROIL HIGH for 5 minutes.

Nutrition (per 4 oz chicken and 1/4 of sauce)   Calories: 171   Fat: 3.5g   Carbs: 6g   Fiber: 0.5g   Sugars: 1.4g   Sodium: 109mg   Protein: 28g

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  • Stacie

    This chicken was great without the sauce but with the addition of it the flavors were amazing, thank you!

  • Jeannevanderveen

    I made this tonight with apricot marmalade and my husband and I both thought it was oh so yummy! Love all your recipes!

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Thanks!! So glad it was a hit!

  • Natalie Boenker

    This was SO yummy! I love chicken dishes that aren’t the same old thing. So glad I came across your blog. I had to reblog about your recipe to my own readers!

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Hi Natalie!

      Thanks, so glad you like the recipe! In the future, if you wouldn’t mind just linking back to the recipe instead of posting it in its entirety, that would be much appreciated 😉

  • Chaosandthekitchen

    This looks so yummy.  Balsamic, apricot and almonds…what a great combo!  I will definitely be making this next week.

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