Restaurant Chicken Recipe

Butter It Up!

Pecan Chicken with Lemon Butter!

Great flavor and texture combinations with this restaurant chicken recipe.

Pecan Chicken Recipe -
Lemon Herb Butter

Favorite Restaurant Recipe

Preparation time: 25 minutes. Serves 2.


  • 2 chicken breasts, tenderized
  • 3/4 cup Japanese bread crumbs (“Panko” in grocery stores. It is useful for many great seafood and chicken dishes.)
  • 1/2 cup Pecan pieces, chopped in food processor
  • Capers to taste (optional)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Flour
  • Fresh Lemon Herb Butter (see below)


  • Tenderize chicken breasts and flatten slightly with a meat mallet so they are not too thick but "even" in thickness
  • Combine Panko bread crumbs and Pecan pieces in a shallow pan (like a pie pan). Put beaten eggs in another pie pan and the flour in a third pie pan.
  • Dip the chicken in the flour, then in the eggs and finally in the Pecan-Panko mix
  • Heat a large skillet or sauté pan over medium heat
  • Add clarified butter (see recipe) and then the two breasts
  • Cook chicken on one side for 3-4 minutes (or until golden brown), turn over and cook until juices run clear

Chicken is done. Top each breast with lemon-herb butter!

To hold warm you can place the chicken into the sauce in the pan and allow the coating on the chicken to absorb all the lemon cream sauce flavorings so each bite is delicious.

To clarify butter:

  • Melt butter over very low heat
  • Skim off what comes to the surface
  • Slowly pour off the oil part into another container
  • Discard the solids


Ingredients for Lemon Herb Butter:

  • 1 pound soft butter
  • 1 1/2 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped (or 3/4 teaspoon dried parsley)


Instructions for Lemon Herb Butter:

  • Combine all ingredients in food processor or with mixer

 That’s it! Gooood job!

ENJOY your secret restaurant recipe for chicken with lemon butter and the company of those you share it with! Donna

Did you know? Pecans are native to America. It is a member of the hickory family.