Pistachio-Crusted Guinea Fowl

One of the questions I get asked most is where I find the time to cook. Although I do spend a lot of time cooking (and shopping for ingredients), I also make a lot of very quick dishes.  This delicious pistachio-crusted guinea fowl takes only 15 minutes to prepare and is perfect for a tasty meal to indulge for yourself or to impress your guests.

The cooking technique of Cotoletta alla Palermitana is very nice as it is light, easy, and quick. Olive oil is used instead of egg to make the crust stick to the meat, and the meat is baked in the oven for 10 minutes instead of pan-fried. The traditional version is made with chicken, breadcrumbs, capers, and olives. Today I tried breast of guinea fowl and coated it with minced pistachios. I added parmigiano, garlic, and parsley for greater depth of flavor. The pistachio crust turned out really nice and will also work with chicken or pheasant. Here’s what I did…


For 2 servings

2 half breast fillets (i.e. 1 whole breast) of guinea fowl, boneless and skinless

50 grams (1/3 cup) peeled pistachios

1 Tbsp minced fresh flat leaf parsley

2 Tbsp freshly grated parmigiano reggiano

1/2 clove garlic, minced

salt and freshly ground black pepper

extra virgin olive oil


Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF (fan forced). Coarsely grind the pistachios in the food processor.

Combine the pistachios with the parsley and cheese in a small bowl and stir until homogeneous.

Coat the guinea fowl with a thin layer of olive oil and then coat it with the pistachio mixture on both sides. Press on the pistachio mixture to make sure it will stick.

Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper on both sides. Put the meat on an oven rack and sprinkle any remaining pistachio mixture on top.

Bake for 10 minutes at 200ºC/400ºF.

Serve at once.


Roe deer venison stuffed with pancetta and porcini mushrooms is a flavorful dish that can be prepared sous-vide or in the oven. You can also prepare it with regular venison or even beef or veal.


9 thoughts on “Pistachio-Crusted Guinea Fowl

  1. Guinea fowl! You find the most interesting meats to cook with. Our local grocery only carries the usual suspects, and we don’t have a farmer’s market that carries anything else but vegetables and fruit. I would definitely try this with chicken breast or a turkey cutlet, since I know I can get that around here.


    1. It will be great with either chicken or turkey — just make sure that it is about 1/4 inch to 1/3 inch thick so it will cook within the 10 minutes needed to toast the pistachios.


  2. Another great preparation, Stefan. Like Eha, the combo of pistachio and parmigiano caught my eye and I’d love to give it a try.
    This is the 4th or 5th post of yours I’ve read in a row and I am so hungry right now. I was about to head to the grocers but I think I’ll eat something first lest I buy out the store. 🙂


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