Champps Americana Walnut Crusted Chicken

Champps Americana Restaurant Copycat Recipe

3 (3 oz.) chicken breasts
1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons dried oregano
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup Walnut Brown Butter Sauce    (See recipe below)
1/4 cup Tabasco Fried Onions    (See recipe below)
pinch of fresh parsley, leaves picked, chopped fine, for garnish

Place the chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet, lightly pound the chicken to 1/2 inch thickness. Using a medium bowl, combine breadcrumbs, cornmeal, walnuts and oregano, season with salt and pepper. Place the chicken breasts in breadcrumb mixture, pressing coating on both sides.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a medium oven-proof saute pan over medium-high heat, add the oil. Add the crusted chicken and cook on one side for 2 minutes. Turn the breasts over. Place the pan in the oven. Cook until golden brown and internal temperature reaches 165 degrees, about 3 minutes.

Walnut Brown Butter Sauce:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Using a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Cook until butter is light brown and has a nutty fragrance. Remove from heat and add walnuts. Season with salt and pepper.

Tabasco Fried Onions:
1/4 small white onion, sliced thin and separated
1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup canola oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Using a medium bowl, toss together onion slices and Tabasco sauce. Add flour, season with salt and pepper, tossing to coat evenly. Line a plate with paper towels, set aside. Using a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, heat the oil to 365 degrees. Add the onions and fry until golden brown. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, transfer to prepared plate to drain.

Notes:  The restaurant serves the chicken dish with garlic mashed potatoes and a sauteed vegetable medley with soy sauce.