Crusted Chicken with Piñata® Apple Salsa



  • 2 chicken breasts, boned, skinned, pounded to 1/2 inch thickness, cut in half (to yield 4 fillets total)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 8 oz macadamia nuts, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup diced Stemilt Piñata apple (1 large apple)
  • 1 1/2 cups diced fresh pineapple (approx. 1/2 small pineapple)
  • 3 tbsp mined fresh jalapeno pepper (1 large pepper)
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow pepper (1/2 large pepper)
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion (2 to 3 green onions)
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Golden, macadamia-crusted chicken is perfectly complemented by a refreshing salsa mix of Stemilt Piñata apple, pineapple, jalapeño and green onions, making this easy and healthy weeknight meal feel like a little Island getaway.

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  1. In a large bowl, combine apple, pineapple, jalapeño, yellow pepper, green onion, and lemon juice. Set aside.
  2. Season both sides of each fillet with salt and pepper; set aside.
  3. Place finely chopped macadamia nuts onto a piece of wax paper. Place one cut chicken fillet atop nuts and press firmly to allow nuts to adhere to meat. Turn chicken over and repeat.
  4. Continue turning and pressing to coat chicken with nuts. Repeat with remaining chicken fillets. Carefully set aside.
  5. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  6. Carefully place chicken in skillet and cook for approximately 3 to 5 minutes, until golden on one side.
  7. Using a spatula, carefully turn chicken breasts over (as opposed to flipping), so as not to loosen too much of the nut coating. (note: some nuts will fall off, but are delicious scooped from skillet to top chicken when serving.)
  8. Continue cooking chicken for another 3 to 5 minutes, until completely golden and cooked through.
  9. Plate chicken and top with salsa. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving

  • Calories: 534 (66% from fat)
  • Fat Content: 39.2g (sat 6.4g, poly 2.4g, mono 27.9g)
  • Protein Content: 30.2g
  • Carbohydrate Content: 20.2g
  • Fiber Content: 5.1g
  • Sugar Content: 12.7g
  • Cholesterol Content: 73mg
  • Sodium Content: 464.8mg