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Honey Butter Pecan Chicken Breasts

These Honey Butter Pecan Chicken Breasts are sweet, savory and buttery. They will instantly become one of your favorite chicken dishes. Plus they are so simple to prepare. Perfect for entertaining, date night or just a random Tuesday night.

These Honey Butter Pecan Chicken Breasts are sweet, savory and buttery. They will instantly become one of your favorite chicken dishes. Plus they are so simple to prepare. Perfect for entertaining, date night or just a random Tuesday night.

4 chicken breasts on a blue plate drizzled with honey butter pecan sauce.

This recipe uses 2 large chicken breasts to serve 4 people. By filleting the chicken breasts you can create 4 perfect fillets.

How to fillet a chicken breast.

To turn your large chicken breasts into fillets:

  • Lay your chicken breast flat on the board.
  • Use a large sharpe knife to cut sideways through the breast.Chicken breast being filleted on a wooden chopping board
  • Continue to cut through the chicken breast, keeping the knife flat and parallel to the chopping board.
  • Carefully cut through until you have two plump fillets.

How long to the chicken fillets for?

Because you the chicken breasts have cut in half, they will cook much quicker than a standard chicken breast.

I cook my chicken fillets for 5-6 minutes on each side and then tent them in foil whilst I make the sauce.

Tenting it with foil, helps to keep it warm and it also allows the chicken to rest, so the juices all relax back into the meat. This will give you a nice juicy chicken fillet.

 

Close up on the chopped pecans on this honey butter pecan chicken.

What to serve with your Honey Butter Pecan Chicken.

This isn’t a saucy chicken dish so I would suggest serving this with a green salad and some roasted root veg.

WINE SERVING SUGGESTION

The sweet sauce on this chicken can be hard to pair with a wine. I would suggest a pinot noir, a lighter one…maybe New Zealand or Californian.

If red isn’t your thing then try a lightly oaked chardonnay. The rich flavour of chardonnay would be fabulous with the butter and the mild oaky undertones will enhance the nuts. Such great suggestion from Shelby at Grumpy HoneyBunch

Enjoy x


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These Honey Butter Pecan Chicken Breasts are sweet, savory and buttery. They will instantly become one of your favorite chicken dishes. Plus they are so simple to prepare. Perfect for entertaining, date night or just a random Tuesday night.
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Honey Butter Pecan Chicken Breasts

These Honey Butter Pecan Chicken Breasts are sweet, savory and buttery. They will instantly become one of your favorite chicken dishes. Plus they are so simple to prepare. Perfect for entertaining, date night or just a random Tuesday night.

Course Main
Cuisine Modern Australian
Keyword chicken breasts, dinner party main, easy entertaining, quick main course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 323 kcal
Author Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts

Ingredients

You can change the measurement from US to metric at the bottom of this list

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp pecan pieces
  • Flaked sea salt

Instructions

  1. Lay your chicken breast flat on the board.
  2. Use a large sharp knife to cut sideways through the breast.

  3. Continue to cut through the chicken breast, keeping the knife flat and parallel to the chopping board.
  4. Carefully cut through until you have two plump fillets.
  5. Repeat with the second chicken breast and season the fillets with salt and pepper.
  6. Heat the olive oil in a fry pan over a medium heat, once it gets shimmering add the chicken breast fillets and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side.
  7. Remove the chicken to a plate and tent them with foil to keep warm and to rest.
  8. Melt the butter and honey together in your fry pan. Once it is bubbling, add in the pecans and stir gently.
  9. Once everything is coated, remove the foil and drizzle the sticky pecan sauce over the chicken.
  10. Season with flaked sea salt and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Honey Butter Pecan Chicken Breasts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 323 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 378mg 16%
Potassium 438mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Sugars 13g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 7.8%
Vitamin C 1.6%
Calcium 1.3%
Iron 3.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Honey Butter Pecan Chicken Breasts Anecdote
(aka my recipe ramble for those who love the waffle)

The sauce on this honey butter pecan chicken reminds me of the sweet and salty popcorn I used to love at the cinema. It was always a tough choice to choose between caramel popcorn and sweet and salty!

I am sat watching midsummer murders on Netflix after the most amazing day visiting the vineyards of Sonoma County. So beautiful!!! Every two minutes I ooed and arrred at another amazing vista!!!!

ANd I have durnk quite a few tasters. It was a good day!

But I think it is time for bed 😉

Enjoy this chicken, because I promise it is AMAZING!!!!!!

Make it. You’ll thank me 😀


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  1. Reply

    What a delicious recipe! I absolutely love honey and pecan with the chicken! Absolutely perfect with roasted vegetables!

    1. Reply

      Oh thank you Marlee, it is so simple but just soooo good 😀

    • Wajeeha
    • May 7, 2018
    Reply

    Claire this sounds so so delicious (and looks like it too) and super easy to make too, juast as I like all my cooking! 😀 Do you think it would pair nicely with some roast potatoes? Thanks!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Wajeeha.
      It would definitely pair nicely with roast potatoes, as long as you don’t mind them with no gravy/sauce as this isn’t a very saucy dish. The sauce that is there sticks to the chicken so there is nothing to ‘mop’ up.

  2. Reply

    You got my attention with simple honey and butter. The pecans on top sound so perfect. I love the simplicity of this dish. And thanks for the detailed images. Love this.

    1. Reply

      I am so happy they were useful 😀
      Sometimes simple is best isn’t 😀

    • Brian Jones
    • May 7, 2018
    Reply

    I had to give these a try and they were glorious, that honey sauce with the butter coated the nuts and made them proper luscious. Served with some asparagus which just rounded things out wonderfully 🙂

    1. Reply

      Asparagus sounds like the perfect accompaniment 😀

  3. Reply

    Oh my goodness these chicken breasts look so appetizing! I love the combination with the honey butter and pecan – sounds soooo good!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Natalie, it is a firm favorite of our 😀

    • Audrey
    • May 7, 2018
    Reply

    I am all about this recipe! I adore pecans and this looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it!

    1. Reply

      Oh I do hope you try it Audrey. It’s a keeper 😀

    • Jenn
    • May 7, 2018
    Reply

    The sauce seriously has me swooning! Thank you so much for this crazy delicious recipe! It’s so easy yet impressive!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Jenn, it really is a simple and elegant main 😀

  4. Reply

    Oh yum! I’ve never had chicken like this and I’m totally on board! Going to try it! <3

    1. Reply

      Thank you Christina, it is a winner in our house 😀

  5. Reply

    This looks absolutely delicious! What a great combo of flavors and ingredients!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Camila, it is such a great meal for a dinner with friends 😀

  6. Reply

    That sauce sounds like the best thing to put on chicken breast. Who wouldn’t want to dig into it right away, the pictures are gorgeous!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Jo, it is always a hit when I serve it to friends and family 😀

  7. Reply

    I really love that sweet and savory combination. I almost feel like a chardonnay (for white lovers) would go great with this too!

    1. Reply

      Shelby you are right, a lightly oaked chardonnay would be fabulous with the buttery toasty nuts.
      I will add it to the post 😀
      Thank you.

  8. Reply

    Yum Claire…this is a brilliant idea for chicken breasts! I love the sauce idea…b/c who doesn’t want honey, butter, and pecans together? Just yum! Pinning and bookmarking…thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Reply

      Thank you Traci.
      I know right? All the good stuff together on one plate 😀

  9. Reply

    This chicken looks fantastic. Pinned to try!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Jill 😀

    • Brandi
    • May 6, 2018
    Reply

    Your instructions on how to filet a chicken breast are so easy to follow. This recipe looks delicious. I can’t wait to make it.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Brandi, I am so happy you found it helpful. I hope you love the chicken 😀

    • Nellie Tracy
    • May 6, 2018
    Reply

    This Chicken looks incredible! Mouth is watering already! Cannot wait to try it! Thanks!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Nellie, everyone always loves it when I serve it. I hope you do too 😀

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