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Maple-Dijon Panko Crusted Chicken
with lemony broccolini and brown rice

Active: 35 minTotal: 50 min

Our maple-Dijon panko (or almond meal) crust has been so popular over salmon that we decided to give it a try over chicken, and it's just as good (if not better!). Enjoy with a side of crunchy, lemony broccolini and a scoop of brown rice (or cauliflower rice). A note for vegetarians - ignore the brown rice recipe title. You all be enjoying this as a crunchy pasta!


Maple-Dijon Panko Chicken Breast:
  • Chicken breasts - 2, halved
  • Parsley - 3 sprigs, chopped
  • Butter - 3 Tbsp
  • Dijon mustard - 2 1/2 Tbsp
  • Maple syrup - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 tsp
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 1/2 cup
  • Lemon - 1/2, wedges
Lemony Broccolini:
  • Broccolini - 2 bunches ((Sub 1 1/4 lb. broccoli))
  • Water - 1/3 cup
  • Olive oil - 1 Tbsp
  • Lemon - 1/2, juice of
Brown rice (1 cup):
  • Brown rice - 1 cup, uncooked

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  1. Chicken breast - Halve.
  2. Crust - Chop parsley. Melt butter in the microwave (~1 minute should do). Mix butter with Dijon, maple syrup, soy sauce, panko, and parsley.
  3. Broccolini - Trim off ~½” (1.25 cm) from the bottom.
  4. Brown rice - Double if making tomorrow night’s dinner. Fill a saucepan or Dutch oven (or rice cooker) with rice, water (use 2:1 ratio for water to rice), and some salt. Cover with lid and bring to a boil. Once water boils, stir, lower heat to a low-medium, and cover. Check at ~45 min. Rice is done when it's absorbed all the water. If it's not done, leave the cover on until all water has been absorbed. Take cover off to release steam and fluff with a wooden spoon after 5 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)


  1. Preheat oven to 375F (191C) degrees.
  2. Line sheet pan with foil and brush with some cooking oil. Add chicken and then divide and spoon crust onto chicken. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until chicken reaches 165F (74C) degrees.
  3. While chicken is baking, heat a saute pan or skillet up over medium-high heat. Add in broccolini and then water. Cook until water has been absorbed and broccolini is tender but still has a crunch, 4 to 6 minutes. Finish with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt to taste.
  4. Enjoy chicken with lemon wedges and broccolini and brown rice on the side.

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This meal has 42 reviews

One of our favorites!

By: Laurey
Posted: Jun 01, 2017
Diet: Original

This chicken was amazing. Definitely get the panko.

By: Kirsten
Posted: Feb 10, 2016
Diet: Original

Tasted like glorified chicken nuggets, but in a good way! Will make again. Finishing off under the broiler for 4 min or so was a must.

By: Hilary
Posted: May 02, 2015
Diet: Paleo

The other reviewers are spot on -- once you throw that panko mixture under the broiler, it turns into a dream topping! I'd put it on tons of stuff, proteins and vegetables alike. This meal was not saucy at all, which meant the rice was really boring. I'd throw some spices into it next time so it doesn't seem like lifeless filler.

By: Sundi
Posted: Apr 21, 2015
Diet: Original

Quite sweet but very yummy. Broiled for 2 minutes at the end. Added butter & garlic to broccolini. Made recipe for 8 and made a little extra of the panko (about 1.5 the amount recommended) cut chicken into smaller pieces and put about a tbs of crust on each. Used 6 breasts, not 4. Fed a hungry family of 7 with some leftover.

By: Jessica
Posted: Dec 31, 2014
Diet: Original

Not my fav. Topping came off and had a weird taste. Bummed

By: Katharine
Posted: Dec 16, 2014
Diet: Original