Thursday, 5 July 2012

Almond Chicken

My cousin Donna and I don't get to see each other very often.  Donna lives in California.  I lack the funds to go visit her, and her schedule rarely affords her the opportunity to visit here.  You can imagine, then, how excited I was to have an opportunity to spend the day with Donna and her son Greg a couple of weeks ago.  

Donna and Greg invited me to join them on a visit to Gabriola Island, so we spend much of the day out of the house.  

Gabriola is a magical place.  One of British Columbia's gulf islands, it has wonderful beaches where the sandstone boulders are carved by water and wind into intricate filigree.

I spent lots of time taking pictures.  

Photo by Gregory Bodnar.  Thanks Greg!

We were all reluctant to leave the island, but returned to my house in the late afternoon.

My brother and sister-in-law joined us for dinner and then we ended the evening with a walk by the river.  It was a very nice day!  

Photo by Gregory Bodnar.  Thanks Greg!

Dinner for six requires some planning and preparation no matter how simple the menu, but I think we did fairly well.  Before leaving for Gabriola, I put teriyaki pork in my slow cooker, pre-cooked some brown rice to reheat in the steamer, and prepped vegetables for a stir fry.  

This menu was fine for most of us, but my sister-in-law doesn't care for sauces of any sort. I wanted to include something in the menu that she could enjoy, but that was simple and quick to prepare.  

Enter Almond Chicken:  I don't think a dish can get much simpler to prepare that this.

The chicken was a big hit with Donna and Greg, so much so that Greg requested the recipe.  I couldn't ask for a nicer compliment.  :)

To make Almond Chicken, you'll need:

  • blanched almonds
  • eggs
  • chicken pieces
  • salt 

Begin by preparing the chicken.  

I was using bone-in skinless chicken thighs so I removed the thigh bones and set them aside for stock.  Then I cut each thigh into two or three smaller pieces.

Beat the eggs.

Chop the almonds in your food processor or by hand.  They need to be small enough to stick to the chicken but not so fine that they don't have texture.  Transfer the chopped almonds to a bowl.  Stir in some salt.

Season the almonds more generously than you think you'll need to.  It's the only added seasoning in the dish so the flavour needs to go a long way.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Working wet hand/dry hand, dip the chicken pieces in the egg, and then coat them in the almonds. You'll probably have to press the almonds gently into the egg to make them stick.

Transfer the coated chicken to your prepared baking sheet.

Bake the chicken at 400F until it's cooked through.  The small pieces I'd prepared took about 20 minutes to cook.  If you're using larger pieces or cooking the chicken bone in, you'll need to adjust your cooking time.  (If I were cooking whole chicken thighs, bone-in, I'd allow about 45 minutes.)  The cooked chicken should look something like this:

It's fun to dip the hot chicken in plum sauce but almond chicken can be served either hot or cold.  It also freezes well, so if you have the oven space and cooking time, it's worth making extra to set aside for another meal.
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Sunshine And Smile said...

I had once made something similar but with fish :)

Aunt B said...

I'm sure that a firm white fish would work very well for this. Thank you for the suggestion.

Jill said...

Looks like you had a really nice time! Beautiful pictures and that chicken looks delicious!


Aunt B said...

Thanks Jill. It was a nice time. :)

Carole said...

Wonderful ideas here. I found you via Full Time Mama's Delicious Dish Tuesday. I have linked in bacon and scrambled egg rolls.
Have a good week.

Aunt B said...

Thanks Carole, and welcome. I'll be sure to check your link out as well. :)

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

This is such a neat recipe, I can't wait to try this! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

Aunt B said...

I'm really glad you like it Lisa. Thank you for hosting. I appreciate the opportunity to share it.

J's mom said...

I would love it, if you would share this, & any other recipes you may have, on my recipe link up.

Aunt B said...

Thank you for the invitation. :)

Printabelle said...

That looks so delicious! I'll bet the almond crunch is so good on the chicken.

Aunt B said...

Thank you! We like it. :) Thanks for hosting the linky party. I appreciate the opportunity share my recipes and to check out all the interesting things other folks are making.

Hubba said...

Oh my gosh looks delicious! Just following from a blog hop and would love if you followed back at

The 21st Century Housewife© said...

I love the idea of breading chicken with almonds both for their flavour and their texture. What a wonderful recipe, and great to serve lots of people as well. It looks like you had a fabulous day. It's always so nice to see family and friends, and Gabriola looks like a spectacular setting!

Bobbi said...

Thank you so much for sharing this on Manic Monday. It looks so good. I have it pinned for future use!! Love that it is a budget recipe to :)

Aunt B said...

Thank you for stopping by and for the invitation to check out your blog. I'm now on your blog's email list. :)

Aunt B said...

Thank you April. I'm glad you like the recipe. It was a lovely day and Gabriola is a very beautiful place.

Aunt B said...

Thanks Bobbi, for hosting. I saw lots of good links at the party. I appreciate your share on FB today too.

Miz Helen said...

What a beautiful spot to spend the day. Your Almond Chicken looks delicious, I love a recipe like this. Hope you are having a fantastic week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Aunt B said...

Thanks so much Miz Helen. :) I hope you have a good week too.

Alesha @ Full Time Mama said...

This looks delicious, and I think it would go over great with my kids if I cut the chicken into nuggets! What do you season the almonds with usually?
Another great one, I'm pinning! :) Thanks for linking up!

Aunt B said...

Thanks Alesha. I'm glad you like it. I'm sure that the kids would like the smaller pieces. :) I usually just season the almonds with salt and pepper but if you want to add something more red pepper flakes, poultry seasoning, or even five spice powder all work.

Amanda said...

That sounds great! It seems so fancy yet is so simple :)

Aunt B said...

Thanks Amanda. That's why I like it: big return for very little effort. :)