Break away from traditional Easter fare with the flavorful flare of this Pistachio Crusted Dijon Mustard Chicken with spicy cucumber salad! Featuring Maille® Dijon Originale Mustard and a hearty sprinkle of chopped pistachios, this easy dinner will have the whole family leaving rave reviews. Served on top of a bed of lightly dressed pearled couscous and with a heaping helping of citrusy cucumber jalapeno salad, this dijon mustard chicken is the epitome of fresh spring cooking. Be sure to follow the meal prep tips below to get the juiciest, most flavorful chicken around!
A New Best Easter Recipe
You all know me. You know I don’t go for the same-ol’-same-ol’ when it comes to holiday dinners. Thanksgiving is rarely turkey, and we definitely don’t serve ham on Christmas or Easter.
So it should come as no surprise that I’ve found a new special recipe to serve my loved ones this year.
I would like to say this recipe was born from a desire to finally see spring, so bring on the bright citrus flavors, crunchy pistachios, and bold Maille (pronounced “MY”) Dijon Originale Mustard.
How To Make Mustard Chicken
The great thing about this recipe is how super simple it is, just two ingredients to perfect chicken!
- Spread each breast with a thin layer of Maille Dijon Originale Mustard
- Sprinkle with a fine layer of chopped pistachios
Seriously, this recipe is ready in under 20 minutes. You can save even more time by letting Walmart do a lot of the work for you with their Online Grocery Pickup service! Grocery pickup is such a timesaver for me, and probably also a lifesaver, because I am ridiculously awful at making lists and remembering what I need. Now I just keep relevant pages open in my browser and add everything to my cart, check out, and voila! shopping is done.
Plus. Not having to contend with the kids at the store?! YES PLEASE.
Can I Use Something Other Than Pistachios?
Yes! Whether you’re allergic, don’t have any on-hand, or dislike pistachios in general, you can definitely substitute something else. My personal preferences include:
- Toasted sunflower seeds
- Seasoned panko
My top preference would definitely be crushed pretzels. You get a heftier crunch that’s closer to pistachios, plus the mild saltiness. Pistachios have a slight natural sweetness, so you could drizzle a teeny tiny amount of honey in with the pretzels, or just keep them plain. No biggie, still delicious!
Citrus Cucumber Jalapeño Salad
A super simple salad is the perfect complement to this pistachio crusted dijon mustard chicken. Just toss together:
- Seedless cucumber
- Roma tomatoes
- Lime zest and juice
- Olive oil
The light, bright flavors pair marvelously with the tang and saltiness of the chicken and the chewy nuttiness of the pearled couscous.
Mustard Chicken Meal Prep Tips
To really get this meal done in a hurry without sacrificing flavor, there are a few easy tips to follow!
- Trim chicken and pound down to an even thickness, ensuring the chicken isn’t overcooked in thin spots and undercooked in thick ones
- Rest chicken for 3-5 minutes before slicing so the chicken doesn’t lose its juices and dry out
- Chop veggies ahead of time and store without dressing until you’re ready to serve
- Couscous can be served either hot or cold, so it can be prepped and stored ahead of time if desired
No matter how you prep it, this meal will always come together quickly!
Pistachio Crusted Dijon Mustard Chicken
Get ready to enjoy a fun and fresh dinner for Easter with a delicious filet of pistachio crusted dijon mustard chicken topped with an herby cucumber jalapeño salad over a bed of fragrant pearled couscous. Ready in just 20 minutes, this meal will thrill the whole family and usher in a new culinary tradition for this well-loved holiday.
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Pistachio Crusted Dijon Mustard Chicken
- 2 cups uncooked pearled couscous
- 2 teaspoons vegetable broth concentrate
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- pinch sugar
- kosher salt to taste
- cracked black pepper to taste
- 2.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 6 tablespoons Maille® Dijon Originale Mustard
- 3/4 cup pistachios chopped
- 2.5 cups seedless cucumber diced
- 1.25 cups roma tomato seeded and diced
- 1/3 cup jalapeno seeded and diced
- 2 heaping tablespoons shallot minced
- 1 heaping tablespoon mint minced
- 2 teaspoons lime zest
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Prepare couscous according to package instructions, adding the vegetable broth concentrate to the water before cooking. Once cooked, stir in 2 tablespoons olive oil, the red wine vinegar, and a pinch of sugar. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
- Pat dry chicken breast and trim into 6 equal portions, pounded to equal thickness. Brush with a light layer of Maille Dijon Originale Mustard, then top with the crushed pistachios, pressing them down into the dijon. Play chicken on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until meat thermometer registers 165 degrees. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
- While couscous and chicken cook, add the cucumber, tomato, jalapeno, shallot, mint, lime zest and juice to a bowl. Toss gently to combine, then drizzle with the remaining olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss once more.
- Divide the couscous between 6 plates, then top with sliced chicken and a heaping portion of the cucumber salad. Serve immediately.