I’m super obsessed with coconut and always jealous when I’m at a restaurant where there’s coconut shrimp and not coconut chicken. I’m working on seafood as a concept, but generally struggle with it.
So that’s coconut chicken, sweet mustard-lime sauce, fried yucca, and some raw spinach (pre-balsamic coating). I’m really loving yucca right now – I always, however, love coconut and lime.
Package of Chicken Tenders (or breasts, cut up)
2 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut
1 cup cornflake breadcrumbs
1 egg lightly beaten
salt and pepper
Combine 1 cup coconut, a half cup of breadcrumbs and a few pinches of salt & pepper on a large plate – the crumbs will sort of coat the coconut as you mix and that’s ok. Put lightly beaten egg into a shallow bowl or onto a plate. Squeeze a little lime juice on both sides of the chicken, dip into the egg and then dredge in the coco/crumb mixture. Repeat this until all pieces are covered. When you run out of coating, mix the remaining coconut and breadcrumbs into a second batch – I like doing it in two stages because I think the mix is more even and it provides better coverage.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and put a cookie sheet with some olive oil in it. Heat some olive oil in a skillet and brown the chicken on both sides. As the chicken is browned (becomes white) put it into the oven for about 15-20 minutes to cook through. The smaller the chicken pieces and the longer they were in the pan, the less time it will take – so check them periodically.
Sweet Mustard-Lime Sauce
sugar, honey, or stevia
Mix one part yellow mustard with one part dijon mustard – squeeze in enough lime juice to thin the texture down quite a bit – add a little sprinkling of sweetener. You could probably add a little mayo in there to make it creamier, if you’d like – but then I’d half or leave out the sweetener.
Also, for a good yucca prep method – peel it, boil it for about 20 minutes, cut it into pieces and then fry it in a little olive oil and a LOT of garlic. I need to work on my yucca as a whole, maybe a nice sauce or something…and I know you can mash it like potatoes…I’ll add that to my to-do list.