American Pistachio Mushroom Chicken

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Yield: 
4 servings.
Ingredients: 

2 tablespoons Minced shallots or green onions
2 cups Sliced mushrooms
¼ cup Butter or margarine, divided
¼ cup Natural American pistachios, coarsely chopped
Dash freshly ground pepper
2 whole Chicken breasts, skinned, boned and halved
½ cup Chicken broth
2 tablespoons Dry white wine
½ cup Heavy cream
2 to 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Chopped pistachios for garnish (optional)

Instructions: 

Sauté shallots and mushrooms in 2 tablespoons butter until soft. Add pistachios and pepper. Cut pockets in thick portion of each breast lengthwise. Place about ¼ cup pistachio mixture in each pocket; secure pockets with toothpicks. Brown chicken on both sides in remaining butter. Add broth and wine; bring to boil. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove toothpicks; set chicken aside and keep warm. Strain pan juices if desired; reduce by half. Add cream and reduce to about ½ cup. Stir in mustard. Spoon over chicken breasts. Garnish with chopped pistachios.

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Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!