The Jamisons' Grilled Chicken Breasts with Spicy Pecan Butter

Authors of 10 cookbooks (including Good Times, Good Grilling, about grilling for parties), the Jamisons recommend pounding skinless, boneless chicken breasts to an even thinness so they'll cook evenly. The flavor of these tangy breasts brushed with a luxurious nutty butter completely justifies this small amount of extra effort.

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  • Servings: 4
  • Time(Other): plus 1 hr marinating

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  • Four 6-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, pounded 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt

How to make this recipe

  1. Put the chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag, add the Worcestershire sauce and oil and seal. Toss to coat the chicken, then refrigerate for 1 hour.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350°. Light a grill. Put the pecans in a pie plate and bake for 7 minutes, or until golden brown; let cool. In a small skillet, melt the butter. Add the onion and cayenne and cook over moderate heat until the onion has softened, about 4 minutes. Add the pecans, season with salt and remove from the heat. Pour 1 tablespoon of the melted butter into a small bowl.

  3. Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade and grill them over a medium-hot fire until nicely charred, about 4 minutes. Turn the breasts and brush the cooked side with some of the reserved melted butter. Grill until charred on the other side and just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Brush the second side with more of the reserved melted butter and transfer to a platter to rest for 5 minutes. Reheat the pecan sauce, spoon it over the chicken breasts and serve.

Suggested Pairing

New Zealand Pinot Noir, particularly from regions such as Marlborough and Central Otago on the South Island, complement this mildly spicy chicken.

Contributed By Published June 2005

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