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Recipe: Almond-breaded chicken with piquillo pepper sauce

Posted on May. 12, 2015 ( comments)

Chicken "parmesan" with an almond and cauliflower flourish.

This recipe was provided by chef Jessica Armstrong Sewell, from Pacific Grill, during this year's Do Something Healthy event in Tacoma, Washington.

She was inspired by chicken parmesan, but replaced the bread crumbs with almonds and swapped typical mashed potatoes with a cauliflower puree.

Cauliflower puree

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Cut the cauliflower into florets, toss with oil and salt and pepper.

Roast the cauliflower for 10-15 minutes until soft.

Place ingredients in food processor (or blender), add the chicken stock and butter, process until the puree is smooth. Season to taste.

Piquillo pepper sauce

  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 teaspoon shallot
  • 1 cup piquillo peppers (or roasted red bell peppers)
  • 1/4 chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients into a sauce pot and bring to a simmer for 10-15 minutes. 

Transfer to food processor (or blender) and process until smooth. Season to taste.


  • 4 6-7 oz chicken breasts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 cup smoked almonds, finely crushed
  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of water

Beat the eggs with the water. Coat the chicken in the egg wash and then the smoked almonds.

In a saute pan, heat extra virgin olive oil. Add the chicken.

Cook until golden brown and flip.

Place the chicken in a 425-degree oven for 5-8 minutes until meat temperature reads 160 degrees.

Remove from oven and allow to rest for a few minutes until the temperature reaches 165 degrees.


More information

You can download a free booklet of this and other Do Something Healthy recipes from the MultiCare Center for Healthy Living website.

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