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.

 

Tom Yum Soup with Chicken & Shrimp

Your palate will be singing with this traditional Thai seafood soup! Known for it’s spicy and sour flavor, and fragrant spices and herbs, shrimp is usually the main ingredient. I’ve changed it up a bit with the addition of chicken. But any seafood or protein will do. This soup is a staple in most Thai restaurants and I’ve taste-tested quite a few. My version is a healthy alternative to Tom Yum soup made with full-fat coconut milk. Make sure to read the ingredients before ordering when dining out. Or, just make this easy, healthy version at home!

Tom Yum Soup with Chicken & Shrimp
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 stalks lemon grass, white soft insides only, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 Thai chili peppers, seeds removed and sliced
  • 3 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • Zest from ½ lime
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves (fresh or dried)
  • 2 tablespoons sambal oelek (red chili paste)
  • 1 small can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 4-5 button mushrooms, sliced very thinly
  • Handful of snow peas
  • 1 small can water chestnuts, drained
  • ½ pound boneless skinless chicken breast, sliced very thinly
  • ½ pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 5-6 large basil leaves, chopped
Instructions
  1. In a small pan, heat oil and add lemon grass, ginger, onion and chili peppers. Cook until just soft. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine chicken broth, lime juice, lime zest, fish sauce, sugar, and kaffir lime leaves. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes. Remove kaffir lime leaves. Add in sambal oelek, tomatoes, cooked vegetables, mushrooms, snow peas, and water chestnuts. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add in chicken and shrimp cooking until just done, about 2 minutes, taking care not to overcook. Ladle into soup bowls. Top with fresh basil to garnish.
Notes
Can be served over rice noodles. Sambal oelek and kaffir lime leaves (fresh or dried) can be found at specialty Asian markets and select grocery stores.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Main, Poultry | January 16, 2016 | By

This popular Indian dish may have originated in Britain, but is served all over the world! The chicken is traditionally baked in a tandoor oven, but we present the easier preparation here. Although, if you have a tandoor oven, then by all means! This dish’s creamy tomato base is combined with very aromatic spices that will overwhelm your senses. Serve with basmati rice and a side of Indian naan bread for dipping.

Chicken Tikka Masala
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chickpea flour
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground cumin, divided
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 red Thai chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 14 oz. can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 ¼ cups heavy cream
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Fresh chopped cilantro for garnish
  • ½ cup chopped cashew nuts for garnish
  • 3 cups cooked basmati rice
Instructions
Marinate the chicken
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium sized bowl, combine Greek yogurt and chickpea flour. Beat with a fork until well blended and smooth. Add in the garlic, ginger, chili powder, coriander, ½ teaspoon cumin, garam masala, and turmeric. Mix thoroughly. Place chicken in the marinade and chill in refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours, or overnight. Return to room temperature before cooking.
  2. Remove chicken from marinade (reserve remaining marinade) and bake chicken pieces in oven for 10 minutes. Baste chicken with reserved marinade and bake another 10 minutes until pieces are done. Transfer chicken to a dish, cut into bite sized pieces and set aside.
Make the tikka masala
  1. Melt the oil in a large skillet with a lid over medium heat. Add the garlic and chile pepper and stir-fry for 1 minute. Stir in remaining cumin, paprika, and salt & pepper to taste and continue stirring for about 30 seconds.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes and cream into the skillet. Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the liquid reduces and thickens.
  3. Add the chicken pieces to the skillet, cover, and let simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, until the chicken is heated through. Garnish with cilantro and cashew nuts, and serve with cooked rice.
Notes