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Pecorino-Crusted Chicken with Spring Mushroom Salad

This simple meal is a standout with the mushroom salad. Though the mushrooms are raw, the lemon juice almost cooks them. Try a variety of mushrooms (such as cremini, button, enoki, oyster and beech) as you see them pop up in grocery stores or farmers' markets.

May 20th, 2014

By LeeAnne Wright
Photography by Maya Visneyi

"The seasoned chicken was a big hit—everyone loved it! It will be on the menu again for sure."
–Angela C., mom of Dexter, 6, Cleese, 3, and 19-month-old Milo, Moncton, N.B.
Makes 6 servings
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
  • 500 g assorted field mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley, divided
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Pecorino or Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp ground almonds
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (140–170 g each)
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  1. Toss mushrooms, 1/2 cup parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, honey and garlic in a medium bowl. Season generously with salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperature, tossing often, until mushrooms soften, about 20–30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, place rack in middle position in oven, and preheat oven to 400ºF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set a wire rack on top. Set aside.

  3. In a mixing bowl, stir together panko, cheese, ground almonds and 2 tablespoons parsley. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and place on rack. Spread mayonnaise on chicken and sprinkle panko and cheese mixture overtop.

  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Turn on broiler. Broil until chicken is cooked through (internal temperature should be 165ºF) and cheese is golden brown, about 
5 minutes. Serve with mushroom salad.

Nutrients Per Serving

Nutrients per serving 763 calories, 
35 g fat, 101 mg calcium, 64 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrates, 3 g fibre, 31 g protein. Excellent source of vitamins B12, E and K, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, copper, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc; good source of iron; source of fibre, vitamins C and D, calcium, omega-3 and omega-6.

Pecorino-Crusted Chicken with Spring Mushroom Salad