Pistachio Crusted Chicken

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Pistachio Crusted Chicken – An easy baked chicken recipe. Pistachios and breadcrumbs make a flavorful crunchy crust on juicy chicken breasts.

Pistachio Crusted Chicken Breast on a plate

Pistachio crusted chicken is a variation of the more common pecan crusted chicken.  Chicken is coated in chopped nuts and breadcrumbs, and baked.  The outside of the chicken gets crispy and crunchy and the inside stays juicy.

Pistachios can usually be found in the shell, or pre-shelled.  I have to suggest getting the pre-shelled nuts.  They may cost a little more, but they will save you A LOT of time.

How To Make Pistachio Crusted Chicken

*Note:  The full printable recipe card is at the bottom of this post.

  • Add some pistachios to a food processor.
  • Pulse them until they turn into small crumbs.

pistachios chopped finely in a food processor

  • Brush honey mustard sauce on boneless skinless chicken breasts.

Four boneless skinless chicken breasts on a cutting board coated in honey mustard sauce

  • Pour the pistachios into a shallow dish with some Italian seasoned Panko breadcrumbs.
  • Toss these together until they are well combined.
  • Coat the chicken breasts in the pistachio mixture.

Chicken breast being coated in a mixture of chopped pistachios and Panko bread crumbs

  • Lay the coated chicken on a prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake until the chicken is cooked through.

The timing will vary depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts.  Mine were about 1-½ inches thick and took 30 minutes.

Baking dish full of cooked pistachio crusted chicken breasts

Be careful not to get chicken breasts that are too big.  If you have very large chicken breast, it will take longer to cook and the nuts may burn.

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Pistachio Crusted Chicken on a plate

Pistachio Crusted Chicken Recipe

5 from 5 votes
Pistachio Crusted Chicken - An easy baked chicken recipe. Pistachios and breadcrumbs make a flavorful crunchy crust on juicy chicken breasts.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


Servings 4 servings
Calories 338 kcal


  • 3/4 cup shelled pistachios
  • ¾ cup Italian seasoned Panko bread crumbs
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts or fillets (not too thick, about 5 oz. each)
  • 3 tbsp. honey mustard
  • Cooking spray


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place the pistachios in a food processor and pulse until they turn into small crumbs. Pour the pistachios into a shallow dish. Add the panko and toss to combine.
  • Pat any excess moisture off of the chicken breasts using paper towels. Brush the honey mustard onto both sides of the chicken breasts (or you could rub it on if you don’t have a brush). One at a time, place a chicken breast into the dish with the pistachio mixture. Press the pistachios into the chicken until the chicken is well coated on all sides. Discard the extra pistachio mixture.
  • Place the chicken on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray or lined with parchment paper. Bake until the chicken is cooked through and juices run clear (about 25 to 35 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts).


I used chicken breasts that were about 1-½ inches thick. Don't use chicken breasts that are too thick. Otherwise, they will take longer to cook and the nuts may burn.


Serving: 1chicken breast | Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.1g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 13.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.9g | Fiber: 2g
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Keyword pistachio chicken recipe, pistachio crusted chicken
Cuisine American
Author Amanda Finks

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  1. 5 stars
    The chicken did turn out moist and tender besides being delicious. The winner was when I asked my wife if she would have it again, she said absolutely.

  2. 5 stars
    This is sooo good, it’s a go-to for me. The only thing I do differently is I pound the chicken to create even thickness and if the breasts are large (Costco organic chicken breasts are usually kind of big), I cut them in half. I also find most recipes where you cost the meat, the recipes if followed, don’t make enough coating so I 1 1/2 it.

  3. 5 stars
    Very easy to prepare and delicious results! The chicken baked up moist and tender with a crispy crust. Since I didn’t have any honey mustard, I brushed on Catalina dressing instead. This recipe looks very flexible- can use lots of different rubs/sauces under the crust. I’m excited to try it again!

  4. 5 stars
    Been looking for a good pistachio crusted chicken. Had some at a catered event, it was yummy. Looking forwasr to trying this!

  5. 5 stars
    So this was pretty fantastic. Since I didn’t have honey mustard sauce I made my own using equal parts honey and mustard. I also used plain panko and added oregano, basil, salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. I used a jar to shake it up with the crushed pistachios.

    The meat was tender and flavorful and perfect. Paired it with asparagus and sweet potato for a delicious dinner.

    Definitely adding this to my rotation.

About Amanda Finks

I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living in Zionsville, IN. I’m an avid cook, travel nerd, & lover of good food! I’m trained in Food Science & recipe development. It’s my mission to bring you the BEST recipes your whole family will love!

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