Bourbon Pecan Chicken

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Bourbon Pecan Chicken is covered in a lick your plate clean sauce. The flavor of bourbon and pecans plus dijon mustard and honey combine to make a fantastically delicious meal. Great served with mashed potatoes and green beans!

Bourbon Pecan Chicken


Bourbon and pecans are two ingredients I love to use for fall cooking and they compliment each other so well.

Boneless chicken breasts are coated in a mixture of honey and Dijon mustard and then coated in a mixture of finely chopped pecans and bread crumbs. They are pan-fried until golden brown and then they finish cooking in the oven so they stay moist and juicy.

Bourbon Pecan Chicken recipe


An easy and quick sauce is made from honey, bourbon, Dijon mustard, cayenne pepper, bourbon, heavy cream, plus pecans.

This is a meal that’s fancy enough for company, but also tastes like down-home comfort food. The sauce is just a little sweet and a little spicy with lots of buttery, crunchy pecans.

Pecan coated chicken in a creamy bourbon sauce.

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Bourbon Pecan Chicken
Bourbon Pecan Chicken

Bourbon Pecan Chicken is covered in a lick your plate clean sauce. The flavor of bourbon and pecans plus dijon mustard and honey combine to make a fantastically delicious meal. 

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Author: Christin Mahrlig
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons honey, divided
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, divided
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half horizontally into 2 thinner pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  1. Combine finely chopped pecans and bread crumbs in a large ziptop bag. Set aside.

  2. In a small bowl, stir together 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard.

  3. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and brush the honey/dijon mixture on both sides.

  4. One at a time, add a chicken breast to the pecan/bread crumb mixture, shaking the bag to coat it well.

  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

  6. Heat butter and oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until golden brown on both sides. 

  7. Transfer chicken to a casserole dish and place in oven to finish cooking, about 10 to 12 minutes.

  8. Wipe pan clean. Add bourbon, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, heavy cream, cayenne pepper and pecans to pan. Simmer for about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter until melted.

  9. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.

Recipe Notes

Since chicken breasts all seem to be so large these days, I like to cut them horizontally into 2 thinner pieces. If you do not do this and you are using large breasts, keep in mind you will have to cook them longer.

Bourbon Pecan Chicken Goes Great With:

Southern-Style Green Beans

Southern-Style Green Beans

Dukes Mayonnaise makes these mashed potatoes super creamy and delicious!

Mashed Potatoes


17 thoughts on “Bourbon Pecan Chicken

  1. We had this tonight and it was absolutely scrumptious! I made extra sauce because we are sauce people. This is definitely going into our “go to” chicken rotation.

  2. When you add the pecans to the pan are they the ones mixed with breadcrumbs in the ziploc bag or do I need more measures aside from that?

  3. THis was delicious? I didn’t have pecans so I substituted almonds and it turned out great! Also mad the green beans…all while awaiting Hurricane Irma….

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