Pumpkin Seed-Crusted Chicken

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ancho powder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon thyme (fresh, chopped)
  • 1 cup goat cheese
  • 4 (12-ounce) chicken breasts, skin and wing bone attached
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Serving suggestion: a green salad or favorite vegetables
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  • Toast the pumpkin seeds and ancho powder in a saute pan on medium high heat. Remove, crush in a mortar and pestle, and place in a large bowl. Add salt, pepper, and fresh thyme.

  • Stuff the goat cheese underneath the chicken skin of the breast, then dredge the chicken on both sides in the mixture and remove. Heat a saute pan on medium heat, add olive oil. Place the chicken, skin side down into the pan.

  • When it becomes golden, flip the chicken and place into the oven for 12 to 15 minutes. Serve with a green salad or favorite vegetables.


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