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- 48 ounces boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 16)
- 1⁄2 cup buttermilk
- 1⁄2 cup cornmeal
- 1⁄2 cup walnuts, ground
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard (Coleman's preferred)
- 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- 1⁄2 cup maple syrup
- 1⁄3 cup lemon juice (fresh is best)
- 1 tablespoon shallot, peeled and minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped
- 1⁄8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 cups butter, chilled and cubed
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Place chicken in a large bowl; add buttermilk, mix gently to coat and let rest for ten minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350F and lightly butter two baking pans.
- In a medium bowl, combine next seven ingredients; mix well.
- Remove chicken from buttermilk; coat all sides of each chicken piece with cornmeal mixture, pressing in firmly so walnuts stick.
- Melt 1/4 cup butter in large skillet over medium heat.
- Add chicken; brown lightly on both sides.
- Place in prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes or until chicken is fork tender and juices run clear.
- While chicken is baking, combine maple syrup, butter, lemon juice, shallot, fresh tarragon and nutmeg; mix well.
- Cook over medium heat about 15 minutes or until reduced by half.
- Gradually beat in 1 1/2 cups butter with whisk.
- Remove from heat and beat in remaining butter.
- Season with salt and pepper.