Jordan Almond Crusted Chicken


Jordan Almonds are not just for weddings anymore.  A few weeks ago, Oh! Nuts asked if I was interested in receiving some Jordan Almonds to develop a recipe.  Sure why not?!  I had never had a Jordan Almond before, so I was a little nervous.  I figured Google would save me, and I could find something to build on.  NOPE!!  Not a single recipe could I find that used Jordan Almonds. Well, the package arrived and they were nothing like what I thought.  In my head I was thinking M&M without the chocolate.  Not so much.  The candy coating is very thick, and they are full size almonds; so they are big.  This is probably nothing you don’t already know, I seem to be the last one on the planet who didn’t know what Jordan Almonds were.

I came up with a couple ideas of what to do with them, and ran them by my husband.  We both decided that Blondies were the way to go.  So, I whipped up my normal Blondie recipe, adding in some chopped Jordan Almonds and a few chocolate chips.  They came out of the oven, and they were fine.  I mean if I was using regular almonds, I would say the recipe was a real winner.  But the candy coating got completely lost.  Back to the drawing board.  How about almond bark, with other candy and Jordan Almonds?  Too safe.  How about a cupcake and using Jordan Almonds for decoration?  Seemed like cheating.  How about almond crusted chicken, with Jordan Almonds?  Just might work!

This chicken was moist and actually really good.  You get a little bit of sweetness from the candy coating, but not over powering.  I made a Beurre Blanc sauce to go with it, and I would not recommend that.  It had shallots in it, and it just added too much sweetness.  It was must better on its own.  Maybe a mustard cream sauce would be better, or even a little bit of cheese would be good.  I am going to have to keep my husband out of the bag of almonds, so I can make this again!


Jordan Almond Crusted Chicken

1/2 cup Jordan Almond, crushed (I used a meat mallet, and then finished off in the food processor)
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 Panko bread crumbs
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 egg
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 375.  Pound the chicken to about 1/2 inch thick.

In a small bowl beat the egg, and place the chicken in there.  In a separate bowl combine everything else.  Coat the chicken in egg, and then in almond mixture.  Heat a large skillet over med high heat.  Drizzle with oil. Place chicken in hot pan.  Brown chicken on both sides (about 3 minutes each).  Place on baking sheet, and finish cooking in the oven.  About 15 minutes, depending on the size of your chicken.



  1. Very interesting! I have never had Jordan Almonds either. This looks delicious though! I do love almonds and they are great with chicken

  2. This would be a huge hit in my house – just perfect!
    mary x

  3. so innovative!! i love jordan almonds. the colors are so pretty. NEVER would have thought of using them in any kind of savory dish!

  4. This is one of the most creative dinner recipes I’ve seen!! Now I have a reason to actually go out and buy some Jordan almonds!

  5. Hmm at first I thought I didn’t know what a Jordan Almond was, but seeing them in the background of your photos I definitely have had them before, just didn’t realize that’s what they were called! I really love that you made them into a crust on this chicken.

  6. Ohhhhh I like this. Very much 😀

  7. Funny I had no idea that those almonds were called jordan almonds! Well, now I know. That would definitely not be easy to make a recipe with them but the chicken sounds wonderful!

  8. I like Jordan Almonds….I can see how just a touch of sweetness would be interesting with this dish…but I have to say – I would have never thought about it! Congrats on a fun twist on using candy!

  9. The one and only time I ever had a Jordan Almond was at my wedding..LOL! What a creative way you used it up. :) This reminds me something they would do on Chopped or Iron Chef. Well done.

  10. Jordan almonds are not that easy to come by these days! Looks like we both were on an almond kick today. Crushed nuts are great on a lot of different types of fish as well as chicken. Very creative using the candy coated ones-your picture does look great.
    That site does have a lot of decorative candy and baking supplies. I think that the wildest thing I saw was green cotton candy, but hey St Patricks Day is coming up!! Have a nice evening Erin.

  11. Very creative…using chicken was really thinking outside the box!

  12. Oh yummy! I love the sound of this dish… I can imagine the taste of the toasty almonds with the perfectly cooked chicken…. Thanks for sharing :)

  13. how creative! My mind would have immediately gone to dessert too. I love nut coated meat but unfortunately my family does not feel the same. If I ever come across some Jordan almonds I’ll be making this.

  14. I would have never thought about using Jordan almonds for chicken!! Very creative, Erin! It looks tasty.

  15. I’ve never had a Jordan almond either! Love your use of them – can’t believe google didn’t come through for you!

  16. Thats wonderful and creative chicken recipe you have made from the almonds. Looks fantastic with the golden brown touch on top.

  17. This chicken looks awesome! I have always been a fan of almond crusted chicken. It is so tasty! +

  18. What an origianl idea! Looks really good too!

  19. This is wonderful. What a great chicken recipe. Love jordan almonds.

  20. This looks absolutely beautiful – what an elegant dish :)

  21. I didn’t know what Jordan almonds were until about 3 months ago. They are my husbands favorite and he enlightened me. Your chicken looks excellent. I am very impress by your candy usage.

  22. I think Jordan Almond Crusted Chicken | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts is a nice post and you do a well written job of writing very detailed. Tommy –

  23. So, I came home from the state fair with a bag of Jordan Almonds, ate a few, and realized I don’t really like them very much. I decided to try this recipe because it seemed like as good a use for them as I was going to get.


    Only a few comments–I don’t have a food processor, and the almonds didn’t really do so well in my blender. I also don’t have a meat mallet. I ended up putting them into a large ziploc bag and using a heavy spoon to crush.

    Also, I don’t think I’d go out of my way to buy jordan almonds to make this. I could probably add a few teaspoons of brown sugar to a breadcrumb mixture and still get the same effect. Still, it was a great way to get rid of a candy I didn’t really want in the first place. Thanks for sharing!

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