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REC: Pistachio-Crusted Chicken with Herbs and Mustard Cream Sauce

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Posted to Thread #7651 at 6:08 pm on Aug 24, 2007

Pistachio-Crusted Chicken with Herbs and Mustard Cream Sauce
(Bon Appétit, June 1998)

1 cup shelled raw pistachios (about 4 ounces)
1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves

2 tablespoons (about) vegetable oil
Mustard-Cream Sauce (recipe follows)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Finely grind nuts in processor. Add panko and blend, using on/off turns. Transfer to shallow baking dish.
Mix mustard, basil, dill and rosemary in medium bowl. Spread mustard mixture over both sides of each chicken breast.
Dip chicken breasts into nut mixture, coating completely. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 chicken breasts to skillet and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to baking sheet. Remove any leftover nuts from skillet. Repeat with remaining 2 chicken breasts, adding more oil to skillet as necessary. Bake chicken until cooked through, about 7 minutes. Spoon Mustard-Cream Sauce over chicken and serve immediately.
Serves 4.

Mustard Cream Sauce:

Makes about 1 cup.

1/2 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup chopped shallots
1 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

Boil white wine and shallots in heavy medium saucepan over high heat until liquid evaporates, about 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-high. Add whipping cream and simmer until reduced to 1 cup, about 2 minutes. Add Dijon mustard, basil and dill. Simmer 2 minutes to blend flavors. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.

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