April 29, 2008

Calypso Coconut Chicken with Mango-Peach Marmalade

Calypso Coconut ChickenMango-Peach Marmalade
1 fresh mango, peeled and diced
2 fresh California peaches, peeled and diced
1/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons minced jalapeno
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 eggs
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1-1/4 pounds California chicken breast tenders
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
cilantro sprigs, for garnish

To make marmalade, combine mango, peaches, sugar, jalapeno, lemon juice and vinegar in small saucepan. Simmer over medium-low heat 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro. Set aside.

Combine flour, salt, ginger and cayenne pepper in a shallow dish. In small bowl, whisk eggs with soy sauce. In another shallow dish, combine coconut and panko crumbs. Dredge chicken in flour mixture, dip in egg mixture, then coat with coconut mixture, pressing to adhere. Heat oil in nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and saute 3-4 minutes per side, until golden brown and cooked through. Garnish with cilantro and serve with Mango-Peach Marmalade.

Makes 6 appetizer servings or 4 main dish servings

Grand Prize, Chicken with an Ethnic Twist Category
Developed by: Kristine Snyder, Kihei, Hawaii

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