An Old-Fashioned Delight: Walnut Chicken
Imagine indulging in a classic home-cooked dish, one with a special combination of flavors, textures, and vivid greens and browns that evoke nostalgia. That’s the experience of making—and eating—Walnut Chicken. It has its roots in traditional Middle Eastern cooking, yet its ingredients are available at any local grocery store and it’s easy enough for anyone to make.
For decades, Arabs and Jews alike have relied on this straightforward, yet delicious recipe that has been passed down from one generation to the next. And this flavor-packed, protein-rich meal stands as a timeless testament to the cuisine of the Middle East.
To make a tasty batch of Walnut Chicken, you will need:
• 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
• 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
• 1 teaspoon of ground coriander
• 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
• 1/4 cup of finely chopped walnuts
• 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
• 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 1/4 cup of fresh parsley, finely chopped
• 1/4 cup of freshly chopped mint
1. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9”x13” baking dish.
2. Mix together the flour, salt, pepper and spices in a large shallow bowl.
3. Rinse and pat dry the chicken breasts and coat them with the flour mixture.
4. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the prepared chicken breasts and cook until lightly golden on both sides, about 2 minutes per side.
5. Transfer the cooked chicken to the prepared baking dish, and sprinkle the walnuts on top of the chicken.
6. Melt the butter in the same skillet as the chicken and add the garlic, lemon juice and herbs. Stir to combine and pour the mixture over the chicken and walnuts.
7. Cover the dish and bake for 25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
8. Serve hot with a side of steamed or roasted vegetables and enjoy.
Walnut Chicken offers a simple, yet unique combination of classic flavors and a burst of texture, making it an easy and satisfying dish that’s sure to please. Whether you’re introducing your family to Middle Eastern cuisine or just looking for an unusual yet delicious weeknight dinner, this recipe is sure to satisfy. Try stirring in additional herbs like basil or oregano for a different twist, or chopping the walnuts a bit finer if you prefer. However you choose to make it, Walnut Chicken is sure to become a comforting and beloved staple in your home.