Chicken in a Curry-Pistachio Crust
2 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound total)
1/2 cup shelled pistachios
Small pot boiling water
1 teaspoon curry powder—mild or hot, depending on preference
3 tablespoons dried breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 egg white, beaten with 1 tablespoon of water in a shallow bowl
To remove the skins from pistachios, drop shelled nuts into boiling water. Remove
from heat and let them soak for about a minute. Drain nuts and wrap them in a dishtowel.
Rub gently until nuts pop out of skins. Spread nuts in one layer on a baking sheet
and roast in 300°F oven (can use a toaster oven) for 10 to 15 minutes. Nuts should
be dried and crisp, but not brown.
When nuts are cool, put them into a sandwich-sized plastic bag and crush with a rolling
pin. Add curry powder, breadcrumbs, and parsley. Shake the bag to mix all ingredients
and spread out on a plate or waxed paper.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut chicken into eight strips. Dip strips into egg white and
coat all sides with nut-crumb mixture.
Arrange on a cookie sheet that has been lightly oiled with cooking spray. Bake at
375°F for 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (165°F internal temperature) and
nut crust is lightly browned. Serve with bottled chutney.
Each serving contains about 265 calories, 9 g carbohydrates, 32 g protein, 10 g fat,
136 mg sodium, and 2 g fiber.