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Pumpkin Seed Crusted Chicken

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 15 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 4 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 7 ingredients

This Pumpkin Seed Crusted Chicken is an easy and great way to make delicious chicken. Crunchy pumpkin seeds are little powerhouses of nutrition and using them instead of breadcrumbs changes a pretty ho-hum dish...


  • 1 cup hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 (4-ounce) chicken breasts

Nutrition Facts


485 cals


40 g

Saturated Fat

8 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

10 g

Monounsaturated Fat

19 g


4 g


1 g


2 g


31 g


388 mg


  1. Chop the pumpkin seeds finely or add to a food processor with salt, parmesan, oregano, and paprika. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Brush or rub roughly 1 tablespoon of oil on each chicken breast. Coat the chicken in the pumpkin seed mixture, pressing to adhere. Place the crusted chicken onto a plate. Repeat for all the chicken breasts.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive in a wide skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, doing in batches if too crowded, cooking for 5 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked depending on the thickness of chicken.
  4. Transfer the chicken to a plate and serve immediately.

Chef Tips

You can also bake this chicken in the oven. Lightly grease a cookie sheet and heat it in a preheated 400 degrees oven for 10 minutes. Lay the chicken on the heated sheet and bake for 10 minutes, flipping the pieces after 7 to 8 minutes. If the chicken breasts are thick, bake for a further 5 minutes or until firm to the touch.

Registered Dietitian Approved

All our recipes are created by chefs and reviewed by our oncology-trained staff Registered Dietitian, Kate Ueland, MS, RD, to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and meets the standards set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


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