Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Dan Becker
Total Time30 mins
AuthorLynn Lloyd, Santa Cruz, CA,

Coat strips of chicken breast with sliced almonds for this almond-crusted chicken dinner that delivers great flavor and satisfying crunch.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Trim fat from chicken breasts and cut each into 4 pieces. With a mallet, pound each piece between 2 sheets of plastic wrap to an even 1/4 to 1/2 in. thick.

Step 2
2

In a bowl, combine salt, soy sauce, 2 tbsp. cornstarch, the brandy, baking soda, and 2 tbsp. water. Add chicken and stir to coat. Let sit 5 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate. In the same bowl, stir in remaining 3 tbsp. cornstarch and the eggs until well blended. Mix in chicken to coat.

Step 3
3

In a 12-in. frying pan, heat 1/2 in. oil over medium-high heat. Spread almonds on a cutting board. Press chicken into nuts, coating both sides evenly, then lay chicken in oil. Cook until browned, turning once, 4 to 8 minutes total. Drain on paper towels.

Step 4
4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Ingredients

 3 boned, skinned chicken breast halves
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 2 teaspoons soy sauce
 5 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
 1 teaspoon brandy or water
 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
 2 large eggs
  Canola oil for frying
 2 1/2 cups sliced almonds

Directions

Step 1
1

Trim fat from chicken breasts and cut each into 4 pieces. With a mallet, pound each piece between 2 sheets of plastic wrap to an even 1/4 to 1/2 in. thick.

Step 2
2

In a bowl, combine salt, soy sauce, 2 tbsp. cornstarch, the brandy, baking soda, and 2 tbsp. water. Add chicken and stir to coat. Let sit 5 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate. In the same bowl, stir in remaining 3 tbsp. cornstarch and the eggs until well blended. Mix in chicken to coat.

Step 3
3

In a 12-in. frying pan, heat 1/2 in. oil over medium-high heat. Spread almonds on a cutting board. Press chicken into nuts, coating both sides evenly, then lay chicken in oil. Cook until browned, turning once, 4 to 8 minutes total. Drain on paper towels.

Step 4
4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Almond-Crusted Chicken