Almond orange crusted chicken with fennel arugula salad Recipe
Almond orange crusted chicken with fennel arugula salad
Total time: 30 to 60 minutes

Cooking time: 12 minutes

Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note

Editor's Note
You can marinate the chicken escalopes in 4 Tbsp. orange juice and 2 Tbsp. oil for 10 minutes before cooking. The orange flavor will be more pronounced and the chicken tenderer and moister. 

For 4 servings

- 4 chicken escalopes - approx. 1 pound or 500 g
- 1 orange
- 2 egg whites
- 175 ml / 3/4 cup sliced almonds, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 Tsp. salt
- 1/2 Tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 4 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
- cooking spray

- 1/2 fennel bulb
- 80 g / 4 cups arugula, lightly packed, coarsely chopped if leaves are large
- 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tbsp. freshly squeeze lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 225°C / 450°F degrees. Ten minutes before you are ready to cook the chicken, put a baking sheet in the oven to preheat.
  2. Finely zest the orange and set aside. Trim the fruit’s ends; set a flat side on a cutting board. Slice off the peel and pith in sections, following the shape of the fruit. Cut toward the center, along a membrane. Then slice along the adjacent membrane until the cuts meet, releasing the segment. Repeat to release all suprêmes. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, whisk the egg white until slightly frothy.
  4. In a large shallow bowl or on a plate, combine the orange zest, almonds, and 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper. Put the flour on a large plate.
  5. Remove the pre-heated baking sheet from the oven and spray with cooking spray.
  6. Dip the chicken breasts, one at a time, first into the flour, shaking off any excess, then into the egg white, and then coat with the almond mixture and place on the baking sheet.
  7. Spray the top of the chicken with cooking spray. Bake for 6 minutes, turn and bake for 6 minutes more, until the chicken is cooked through and the coating is golden.


  1. While the chicken is cooking, cut the fennel bulb in half, core and thinly slice into half-moons (about 1 cup).
  2. Combine the fennel, arugula and orange supremes in a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.

To serve, place one chicken escalope on each plate with the salad alongside.

Nutritional values per serving

Calories 340; Fat 17g; Sat Fat 2g; Mono Fat 11g; Poly Fat 3g; Protein 33g; Carb 15g; Fiber 4g; Cholesterol 65mg; Sodium 410mg; Potassium 683mg; Vitamin E 5.8mg.

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 Photo and collaboration: Almond Board of California

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