Monday, January 9, 2012

Coconut Chicken Nuggets

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My "Top Five" list of bar snacks continues.  This recipe will serve as double duty, as you can do just about the same recipe with Shrimp to make a more elegant appetizer.  But for today, let's just call these a bar snack and anyone who bellies up to my bar would love these...

If you are doing these for a big party, lay out several dipping sauces.  My Cajun Garlic Aioli would go well with these, any BBQ sauce works.  Me, I adore a Peanut dipping sauce.

Couple of tricks to this, be sure to do a dredge of flour before going to the batter.  Without that, the batter does not stick as well to the chicken and you may not get a coating all around.

Next, hot oil, but not so hot that the oil starts to smoke.  On my electric oven, medium heat ois the correct setting.  Any hotter and it starts a tiny whispy smoke which is to hot.  Any less and the chicken becomes too oily.

And, less is usually enough.  The chicken will cook, as long as you fry these for at least 3 minutes a side.  When the batter reaches that soft golden brown and delicious color, you are set.  When it gets too dark, the batter is burning and the crust gets too crunchy.

OK, Here's what I did...


3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, Cut into 1 inch cubes
2 Cups Panko Bread Crumbs
1 Cup Sweetened Coconut Flakes
1 Cup Buttermilk
2 Eggs
2 Cups Flour, Divided
Canola Oil for frying, enough to cover 1 inch in a heavy frying pan

Printable recipe...

For the time being...

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  1. They do sound tasty! I love coatings on chicken. And a dipping sauce is a nice bit, too!!

  2. The look very good...I must try it!