This EASY dinner of pan-seared chicken cutlets, topped with a delicious butter pecan sauce, can be prepared and on the table in 20 minutes!This EASY week-night dinner of pan-seared chicken cutlets, topped with a delicious butter pecan sauce, can be prepared and on the table in 20 minutes!
I received a gift card to use at a favorite bookstore. Since I collect cookbooks, one book I got was a Southern Living cookbook, for time saving meals. Chicken Cutlets With Pecan Sauce is the first recipe I tried, and wow… it WAS quick, inexpensive, and absolutely delicious!

This dish only took about 20 minutes, from start to finish, and my husband and I loved it! The original recipe calls for chicken cutlets, but I typically don’t buy cutlets. I ended up using 2 large chicken breasts and sliced them horizontally for this recipe, for a total of 4 servings.

How to Make Chicken Cutlets with Pecan Sauce

Melt butter in a large skillet, then add and cook chopped pecans for 2-3 minutes. When the pecans are lightly toasted, remove them from the skillet.

Cooking chopped pecans in butter for chicken cutlets with pecan sauce.

Season each of the chicken cutlets with salt and pepper, then dredge them in flour to coat all sides.

Dredging chicken cutlets in flour and seasonings before cooking.

Cook the chicken breasts in hot olive oil in same skillet you used to toast the pecans. Pan-sear the chicken cutlets on medium heat, for about 4 minutes per side.

Cooking four floured chicken cutlets in hot oil in large skillet.

They should be light golden brown when done and fully cooked through. Once done, put the chicken cutlets onto a serving plate or platter, and top with the toasted pecans.

Keep chicken warm while you make the sauce, which will only take about 5 minutes.

Chicken cutlets are cooked on both sides in skillet until lightly browned.

Making The Sauce For The Chicken Cutlets

Using the same skillet (do not clean it out), add the chicken broth. Cook the broth for a couple minutes, stirring to get the little browned bits of goodness off the bottom of skillet. Add the brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and thyme to the broth.

Cook for 3-4 minutes, until sauce has reduced a bit, and sauce has slightly thickened. Add 2 Tablespoons of butter to the pan sauce.

Whisk to combine until butter has melted and is incorporated fully into the sauce. Remove the skillet from the heat. The sauce is now ready for the chicken cutlets and toasted pecans.

Sauce is whisked and cooked in skillet for the chicken cutlets with pecan sauce.

To Serve Chicken Cutlets

Spoon the sauce from the skillet over the chicken cutlets and toasted pecans. Serve the chicken cutlets with pecan sauce while hot!

Each chicken cutlet is topped with the toasted pecans, the lovely sauce, and is garnished with a sprig of fresh thyme! Don’t they look nice? Who’s ready to eat?

Chicken cutlets with pecan sauce are served on a white platter.

To round out the meal, I served the chicken cutlets with oven-roasted veggies on the side. It was so delicious, and the butter toasted pecans with the sauce on the chicken… oh my goodness!

Chicken Cutlets With Pecan Sauce are served with roasted vegetables on the side.

We truly enjoyed these chicken cutlets with pecan sauce. I will definitely make this recipe again.  Hope you will give it a try… it is such a quick, delicious meal to prepare… and the leftovers were good, too!

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Author's signatureRecipe Source: The cookbook “Southern Living Quick Start Homemade”, Published by Time Home Entertainment, 2013, page 162.

Chicken Cutlets With Pecan Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
This EASY dinner of pan-seared chicken cutlets, topped with a delicious butter pecan sauce, can be prepared and on the table in 20 minutes!
Category: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken cutlets
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 496 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 Tablespoons butter , divided (1/2 cube)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 4 chicken cutlets (I sliced two large breasts horizontally in half to make 4 cutlets)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (if using fresh thyme, use 1 1/2 teaspoons)
Instructions
  1. Melt 2 Tablespoon butter in a large skillet (nonstick works the best). Add chopped pecans and cook over medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes until pecans are lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring occasionally. Remove pecans from skillet.
  2. Sprinkle the chicken cutlets with salt and pepper. Place flour on a dinner plate, and dredge the chicken cutlets in the flour, making sure both sides are covered with flour.
  3. Cook the chicken in hot olive oil in the skillet. Cook on medium heat for about 4 minutes per side until done. When chicken is fully cooked through, and light golden brown, remove them to a serving platter. Top the chicken with the toasted pecans. Keep chicken warm while making the sauce.
  4. Using same skillet, add chicken broth. Cook for 2 minutes, scraping up the browned bits of goodness from the bottom of skillet. Add the brown sugar, vinegar and thyme. Stir to combine and cook for 3-4 minutes until sauce has reduced a bit and slightly thickened. Add remaining 2 Tablespoons of butter and whisk to combine until butter is melted and is fully combined.
  5. Spoon sauce over the chicken and pecans, and serve!
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Cutlets With Pecan Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 cutlet + sauce)
Calories 496 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 138mg46%
Sodium 987mg43%
Potassium 708mg20%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 400IU8%
Vitamin C 4.1mg5%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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