Crispy Coconut Chicken Breasts

Main, Poultry | April 4, 2016 | By

One day, when I was feeling very lazy, I picked up a prepared meal in the Whole Foods meat department. It happened to be very tasty and inspired me to recreate it with my own twist. So, here it is — my version of Crispy Coconut Chicken Breasts! It’s both crunchy and tender with tremendous flavor in the crust. Serve it with a side of Spicy Fennel and Broccoli Slaw and you have a light, delicious, home-made meal!

Crispy Coconut Chicken Breasts
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, slightly pounded
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • Cooking spray to grease
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 sectioned lemon for each plate
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium shallow dish, combine panko crumbs, shredded coconut, and all spices. Mix well. In another shallow dish, whisk together egg and egg white.
  2. Generously salt & pepper each chicken breast on both sides. Dredge each chicken breast into egg, then dip each piece into panko bread crumb mixture, shaking off the excess. Heat an oven-proof skillet with canola oil on medium high. Brown chicken on both sides in pan for about 3 minutes. Remove from stove. Lightly spray the tops of chicken with cooking spray.
  3. Place pan with chicken in the oven. Bake in the middle rack for 20-25 minutes until crispy and golden. When ready, immediately plate and top with chopped cilantro and squeeze of lemon juice. Serve with a side of Spicy Fennel and Broccoli Slaw.
Notes
Note: If you don’t have an oven-proof skillet you can transfer the chicken to a baking tray sprayed with cooking spray.

Inspired by Whole Foods Thai Curry Chicken Cutlets.

 

Spicy Fennel and Broccoli Slaw

This refreshing slaw is the perfect side for a spring or summer dish. It goes great with chicken, burgers, fish, or just about any protein! Use the leftovers on top of a salad!

Spicy Fennel and Broccoli Slaw
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • For the Dressing:
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • ½ cup light mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • For the Slaw:
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, stalks removed
  • ½ bag broccoli slaw mix (with carrots)
  • ½ apple, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the fennel seeds, caraway seeds, mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Thinly slice the fennel using a mandolin or sharp knife and place in a large mixing bowl. Add in the broccoli slaw mix, sliced apple, fresh lemon juice, jalapeño, red onion, and cilantro. Toss well and add the dressing coating evenly. Chill for an hour before serving.

 

Shrimp and Turkey Asian Meatballs

Starters | March 28, 2016 | By

When I entertain, I like to include a hot appetizer, like these tasty Asian meatballs. Honestly, how many “Italian” meatballs can you keep eating? This is a fantastic Asian alternative and just as simple to make. You can substitute the ground turkey for ground pork, ground chicken, or even ground sausage. So many options!

Shrimp and Turkey Asian Meatballs
 
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Serves: 20 meatballs
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ½ pound uncooked shrimp, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
Dipping Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek or sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin wine
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • ½ fresh lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine turkey, shrimp, garlic, shallots, onions, ginger, carrots, red pepper flakes, egg, salt, pepper, and bread crumbs until thoroughly mixed. Form into 2-inch balls and place on baking tray lined with waxed paper.
  2. Heat canola oil in a heavy, oven-proof skillet or cast iron pan on high heat. Brown meatballs in skillet on both sides, about 2 minutes, and place skillet in hot oven for 10 more minutes until cooked through. Remove and serve immediately with dipping sauce.
  3. To make dipping sauce: Whisk together chili sauce, sambal oelek, mirin wine, ginger, lime juice, soy sauce, and fresh cilantro. Serve along side the meatballs.
Notes
Sambal oelek can be found at specialty Asian markets and select grocery stores. You can substitute the sambal oelek for sriracha sauce.

 

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