Almond-Flax Crusted Chicken

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Almond mean can be found in many grocery stores in the organic or baking sections. You can make your own almond meal by finely grinding whole, sliced or crushed almonds in a food processor or magic bullet until it achieves the same consistency and size as the ground flax.

Marinate the chicken in all ingredients, except the almond meal and flax, anywhere from 1–24 hours prior to making the dish to enhance the flavor or prepare the dish in advance.

Almond-Flax Crusted Chicken

Almond-Flax Crusted Chicken

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Almond mean can be found in many grocery stores in the organic or baking sections. You can make your own almond meal by finely …

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Rinse the chicken and pat dry with paper towel. Take the chicken pieces and pound them evenly flat across the breast using a kitchen mallet or other heavy kitchen utensil.
  3. Pour almond meal and flax into a small bowl and stir to mix evenly.
  4. In another small bowl combine the olive oil, almond butter, lemon juice, and all spices and herbs. Mix in small food processor or by hand. Once combined add the chicken breasts to this mixture.
  5. Remove chicken breasts from marinade bowl and place on baking tray. Sprinkle half of the almond/flax mixture evenly across one side of all 4 chicken breasts. Pat each chicken piece with hand to better adhere the “crust” to the chicken. Carefully turn over each chicken piece and repeat process using the remaining half of the almond/flax mixture on the other side of the 4 chicken breasts.
  6. Place tray with crusted chicken in center of the oven and bake for 20–30 minutes or until an instant read thermometer reaches 168 degrees on the thickest part of the chicken.

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15 Responses to Almond-Flax Crusted Chicken

  1. Mark Good November 13, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    I have heard that flax seed is not good for our health (especially processed). What is the truth behind flax seed?

    • Rosemary Schindler June 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

      As I have no colon, is there a substitute for flax as it gives me diareha ?

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        Mark Hyman, MD June 22, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

        HI Rosemary,

        Could you try some soaked, ground almonds?

  2. Erin November 14, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    This looks great! Doesn’t the Omega 3s in the flax go rancid or get destroyed in the baking process?

  3. Alex Shelton November 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm #

    I thought that 3oz of first class protein per day was considered to be sufficient – these seem like large pieces of chicken for one meal only. Any comments?

  4. Rachel November 17, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    ***** (5 stars) I absolutely LOVE this recipe! I could eat this chicken everyday!

  5. Linda Dixon March 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    I grind my own flax seed fresh each day.

  6. pointilist April 25, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    Play with the spice, and use a white firm flaky fish, like so, dredge the fish in almond flour, flax meal and spice w/ ground fennel seed. Saute’ in almond butter or a bit of sesame oil, garnish and serve w/you favorite salad.

  7. dsfan63 May 2, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    I have just bought flaxseed meal. Can this be used instead of almond meal? I have a recipe for cornbread dressing. I was wondering if flaxseed meal can be substituted for corn meal?? Thanks.

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    Mark Hyman, MD May 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    This oven “fried” chicken sounds quick and delicious. You could use the same treatment for zucchini and that would make a delicious new way to have a vegetable, too.

  9. Kelly June 3, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    I have recently been tested for food allergies and almond was on the list of foods. Is there another tasty substitute I could use for this recipe?

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      Mark Hyman, MD June 20, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

      Hi Kelly,
      Try pecans- they lend a deeper flavor which is outstanding.

  10. Julie Merlich July 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    I made this chicken tonight and it was superb! Great flavor and easy to make.

  11. Deborah July 31, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    My very picky family loved this.

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