pistachio chicken

Jun 23, 2010 by

my mom’s friend lori gave this recipe to my mom a few years ago.  lori’s recipe is for pistachio fish.  i do not like fish, but when my mom made this recipe using fish, i thought it made the fish taste bearable and had to try it with chicken.   whether you like fish or chicken, you will not be disappointed.

  • 1 c dry-roasted pistachios, chopped
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dill weed
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • basil pesto
  • 6 6 0z. pieces of salmon or 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved.
  1. preheat oven to 425° (for fish) or to 375° (for chicken)
  2. combine nuts, brown sugar, lemon juice, dill weed and pepper. set aside.
  3. place salmon in foil-lined 9×13 pan or chicken in a greased 9 x 13 pan.  make sure that the chicken does not overlap or it will not cook evenly.  the same goes for the fish, i suppose.
  4. spoon pistachio on top of the chicken.
  5. press down to form crust.
  6. bake the fish for 6-8 min, chicken for 25-30 min.
  7. serve with basil pesto.


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  1. tom

    You always come up with the best things to eat… I’m glad that you have a passion in cooking, i certainly benefit from it 😀 I love you! Keep up the good work

    • Jess

      I’m glad that you have such a passion for eating my creations, even if they don’t turn out all that great sometimes. 🙂 I can always count on you to eat it with a smile on your face! I love you. 🙂

  2. Awwww you two are so adorable!!! Did you have it with the Pesto? Love you both!!

    • Jess

      Thanks, lady! We did have it with pesto… pesto makes it the best-o! 🙂

  3. Lori Rathbun

    Hmmm……. and all this time I thought I was your friend too. That hurts! =(

    • Jess

      Awwww!! You’re my friend, too! 🙂 Hope that you’re doing well.

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