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Pecan Chicken in Bourbon Maple Cream Sauce
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Pecan Chicken in Bourbon Maple Cream Gravy

Pecan coated chicken breasts topped with a sweet Bourbon Maple Cream Gravy and bacon.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 808kcal
Author Christin Mahrlig


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

Bourbon Maple Cream Gravy

  • 3 bacon slices
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup whole grain Creole mustard
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream


  • Prepare Pecan Chicken. Combine chicken and buttermilk in a large zip-top bag and place in refrigerator for 4-6 hours.
  • Pour 1 inch of Vegetable oil in a large, deep skillet or sauté pan. Heat oil to 350 degrees.
  • Place pecans in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Place in a pie plate and combine with flour and 2 teaspoons salt.
  • Remove chicken from buttermilk and discard buttermilk. Dredge chicken in pecan-flour mixture, turning to coat both sides well.
  • Fry in oil 6 to 7 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Place on wire rack to drain off oil. Keep warm.
  • Prepare Maple Bourbon Gravy. Cook bacon in a large saucepan over medium heat until crispy. Place bacon on paper towels. And crumble once cooled.
  • Add shallots to bacon drippings and sauté over medium heat for 2 minutes. Stir in flour and cook, stirring continuously for 2 minutes.
  • Whisk in maple syrup, Creole mustard, bourbon, Dijon mustard, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  • Cook and stir for 3 minutes. Gradually whisk in cream. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently for 5 to 8 minutes, or until thickened. If too thick, thin with a little milk.
  • To serve, top chicken with gravy and sprinkle with bacon crumbs.


Calories: 808kcal