Pecan-Crusted Chicken on Food Porn Friday

I remember growing up how excited I was to visit my grandfather and get my hands on a bushel of those ginormous pecans that fell from his pecan trees. Those long brown shells held some of the biggest, sweetest and meatiest pecans I ever tasted. Nowadays, I have not found any pecans that fit the size or caliber of my memories of those Ninja pecans my grandfather grew.

So today, on Food Porn Friday, as we celebrate National Pecan Day, which by the way has been celebrated on April 14 since 1996, I decided to feature this healthy recipe, Pecan-Crusted Chicken from EatingWell Magazine. This recipe coats tender chicken breasts with buttery pecans flavored with spicy chipotle and zesty orange.

This recipe only takes 30 minutes to prepare and is ready in 30 minutes. In the picture, it is served with spinach salad. Depending on your tastes, you can modify a number of certain ingredients to your choosing. What a wickedly delicious way to eat a healthy meal with only 270 calories per serving.

#HappyNationalPecanDay on #FoodPornFriday!


Today is National Pecan Day

Pecans, National Pecan Day, Nuts

Growing up, I remember my grandfather having tons of pecan trees around his house. It seems like those pecans were huge and once you cracked them open, the meatiness of the nut, had a melt in your mouth texture. Oh how I miss those days and wish I could get some of those pecans today.

Did you know that the word pecan is Algonquian meaning “a nut requiring a stone to crack?” With a creamy taste and soft crunch, the pecan is a species of hickory, native to Mexico, along with the southcentral and southeastern regions of the United States. Technically, the pecan is a drupe, a fruit with a single stone or pit, surrounded by a husk.

Although this popular nut is celebrated on Pecan Day (March 25), it is also celebrated on April 14, National Pecan Day. The inaugural celebration of this food holiday in 1996 has been observed annually. Should you decided to bake something special with pecans today or embellish some of your favorite recipes and desserts with pecans, savor the succulent flavor of this fruity nut.

Feeling ambitious? Check out these tasty pecan recipes from Southern Living. By the way, to all of my fellow writers and poets out there, what’s on your writing menu for adding pecans to your literary recipes today? Have a pecan-licious day!