Parmesan-Pecan Fried Chicken

Parmesan-Pecan Fried ChickenRecipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Southern pecans and Cajun seasoning give this fried chicken its Southern accent.


Makes 6 servings
Total time: 1 Hour, 33 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 23 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 33 Minutes


2 pounds chicken breast tenders, cut into 1-inch-wide strips
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup ground pecans
2/3 cup plain yellow cornmeal
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
1 tablespoon paprika
2 large eggs, beaten
Vegetable oil


1. Place chicken and buttermilk in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag. Seal and chill 1 hour. Remove chicken from buttermilk, discarding buttermilk.

2. Combine pecans and next 4 ingredients in a shallow bowl. Dip chicken in eggs; dredge in pecan mixture, shaking off excess. Arrange on a baking sheet. Pour oil to depth of 1 1/2 inches into a cast-iron Dutch oven or 12-inch (2 1/4-inch-deep) cast-iron skillet; heat to 350°. Fry chicken, in batches, 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown and chicken flakes with a fork. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels. Serve with Pickled Okra Salsa.

Note: We tested with Zatarain's Creole Seasoning.