Crispy Pistachio Chicken with Zucchini Ribbon Salad.

This pistachio crusted chicken is super crisp and juicy with a nutty and rich breading. Serve alongside a zucchini ribbon salad that has lots of fresh lemon and parmesan cheese. It’s a match made in heaven!

Welcome to one the most made meals in my kitchen.

pistachio crusted chicken with zucchini ribbon salad

This crispy, nutty chicken is so buttery and rich, so crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. It’s served with a zucchini ribbon salad, marinated in a lovely little vinaigrette with lots of shaved parmesan and is the most perfect complement to the crispy crunchy chicken.

I can’t get enough.

zucchini ribbons

Seriously, this is one of my dream meals. This is one of those meals that I love to have for lunch or dinner – one that is easy for me to make and one that tastes so darn good.

pistachio crusted chicken

See, another one of the meals I make more than anything is my parmesan crusted chicken with lemon arugula. You may recognize it because it’s also one of YOUR favorites. It’s one of the most popular recipes on the blog!

When I say that that is easily one of our favorite meals – something I make constantly, on repeat – again and again, I am not exaggerating. It’s so simple yet so flavorful, with lots of texture and crunch. And at the same time, it feels light and isn’t super heavy if you’re looking for that kind of meal.

Plus it just tastes amazing. 

zucchini ribbon salad

This is similar! Except we’re adding pistachios to our parm. Here we’re doing a pistachio parmesan crust and making a zucchini ribbon salad. These zucchini ribbons remind me of the arugula greens, but also of my shaved asparagus salad from earlier this year.

I have loved the pistachio crusted salmon all year long and knew this side dish would work based on that meal alone. So glad it does.

pistachio crusted chicken

An easy vinaigrette, parmesan cheese, lots of salt and pepper – oooooh. That is what we pour on our zucchini ribbons and they take a little soak before serving. I don’t even understand how these simple ingredients come together to create something so delicious, but they sure do.

The zucchini basically marinates in the dressing and the ribbons are so thinly sliced – they will almost melt in your mouth. Lots of lemon is the key here as it brings so much refreshing flavor and bite. 

zucchini ribbon salad

I also love to use my parmesan vinaigrette here. Adding some freshly grated cheese to the dressing itself gives a rich and decadent flavor, which works so well on the raw zucchini. Of course, you can always add MORE parm to the zucchini ribbons. Are we even friends if you don’t?! 

These tangy, lemony zucchini ribbons are the perfect side to the crunchy chicken. The salad is cool and refreshing and bright; the chicken is warm and crunchy and buttery.  (more…)

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