Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Coconut chicken fingers with spicy fruit chutney

One of the foods my husband and I really miss on the paleo or primal diet is breaded chicken. It's just soul satisfying comfort food for both of us. I do make a gluten free, grain free version of chicken fingers with almond flour sometimes, but tonight I thought I'd try something different. Keeping with the coconut theme I've had lately, I decided to dredge the chicken in unsweetened dried shredded coconut. I didn't want them to be naked, so I wanted to make a sauce, but pan sauce or gravy didn't seem right - so I decided to make a spicy fruit chutney. The result is a tropical dish that's just right for these hot summer evenings!

serves 2

1-1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast cut into large strips (4-5 per breast depending on if they have the tenders attached or not)
2-3 T coconut flour
1-2 eggs, beaten (start with 1 and use the second if you start to run out)
1 cup unsweetened dried shredded coconut
1 tsp sea salt
coconut oil for cooking

Set up a dredging station with 3 bowls, one for coconut flour, one for egg, one for shredded coconut. Season the coconut flour with the salt.

Dredge each chicken finger first in coconut flour, then egg, then shredded coconut.

Heat a bunch of coconut oil in a large heavy bottomed skillet over medium/medium-high heat. Cook the chicken fingers until golden brown on each side. Do it in more than one batch if necessary and keep cooked chicken fingers warm on a foil lined baking sheet in an oven set to the lowest setting.


serves 4

2 cups of diced and peeled plums or nectarines or a mixture of the two
1/4 cup lemon juice
juice of 1/2 a lime
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
2 inches of ginger root, peeled and minced
2 small dried red chili peppers (or 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper)
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 cup sweet white wine
pinch of sea salt
pinch of stevia, optional depending on if your fruit is really sour (taste before you add!)

Mix everything together in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes until thick. Discard dried chilis and cinnamon stick. Can be eaten warm or cold.

Recipe adapted from The Garden of Eating.


Yummy Gatherer said...

Ah Elizabeth! Your food always looks so amazing!!!! Yummy!! This sounds great. I have been on a coconut kick lately too.

Quinadal said...

The chciken looks so good! Would dried shredded coconut work?

Elizabeth said...

Yummy Gatherer - Hehe, thanks! Coconut is pretty awesome.

Quinadel - Dried shredded coconut is exactly what I used! I guess the recipe wasn't clear so I edited it to make sure I added in the word dried. Thanks for the feedback. :)

LivingPrimal said...

This looks amazing! Thank you for posting it. I can't wait to try it this week!

Adam said...

Thanks for the idea. I miss chicken fingers as well. The almond and coconut alternatives are great!!

Kimi Harris said...

That looks great! I bet it would be toddler friendly too (I have an almost three year old). :-)

Kat said...

I will definitely try this one, thank you!

Mark said...

Everything looks so mouth-watering!

Lindsey Love Gallucci said...

Wow this looks amazing. I can't wait to try it tonight! I am always looking for a way to vary my dinners when I make it for my boyfriend so he doesn't get bored with my cooking. I always try and keep it healthy though so thanks for the variety!

David Mathis said...

So, I am going from vegan to caveman and tried these. Fabulous!

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Holey moley that looks utterly gorgeous! I will definitely be cooking this this weekend, that you so much for sharing. I think it would be a lovely coating for prawns (shrimp) too.

Anonymous said...

I followed the instructions, it was not good. I would suggest ONLY doing one batch per bottle of coconut oil and pre-breading. Im in MN so I'm great at frying walleye. Also, the oil doesn't cook right. I sliced the chicken very thin and it still wasn't cooked all the way. I had to finish cooking in the oven.

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Paula Moors said...

Can I nix the wine? I don't drink and don't really want to buy a bottle.

Paula Moors said...

Can I nix the wine? I don't drink and don't really want to buy a bottle.