Monday, July 6, 2009

Macadamia Crusted Chicken with Mango Salsa

It took my friend Mel borrowing my cookbook and then posting this recipe to find out what I was missing all along in my cupboard! By any means, this is a great recipe! I am a big fan of chicken fingers because kids love them, but with this perfect mango salsa, it pleases adults too. I can honestly say that I have never had a more tender chicken-it melts in your mouth! I've also been wanting to try this salsa on fish, but haven't yet. My sister recently made me macadamia crusted halibut, so maybe I'll have to try it along with the salsa and post it sometime.

Macadamia Crusted Chicken with Mango Salsa
Recipe from The Complete Cookbook, adapted by Mel at mykitchencafe

1 pound chicken tenderloins or chicken breasts cut into thin slices
1 cup flour, seasoned generously with salt and pepper
2 eggs, lightly beaten
8 oz. macadamia nuts, finely chopped
2 cups breadcrumbs
oil, for deep-frying
Salt for seasoning

Mango Salsa
1 medium mango, finely diced
3 tablespoons finely diced red onion
2 tablespoons roughly chopped cilantro
1 fresh jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
Juice from 1 lime

Cut the chicken into strips. Dust the chicken strips with the flour, then dip them in the egg and finally, coat them generously in the combined nuts and breadcrumbs. Chill for at least 30 minutes to firm up.To make the salsa, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Set aside. Fill a large, heavy-based saucepan or electric fry pan one-third full of oil and heat to 350 degrees, or until a cube of bread dropped in the oil browns in 15 seconds. Cook the chicken strips in batches for 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown all over, taking care not to burn the nuts. Drain on crumpled paper towels and season with salt. Serve the chicken strips warm with the salsa.


Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

That looks delicious!

I have been thinking about doing a nut-crusted chicken or fish lately.

Melanie said...

I haven't made these in a long time. Seeing your post made me crave them again!

Krissy @ The Food Addicts said...

What a wonderful combination of flavors! If I had some macadamia nuts on hand, I would totally whip up this for dinner tonight! Your mango salsa looks so refreshing - perfect for summer!

It's all Good- The Allen Fam said...

This sounds really yummy! I am going to have to make this...and soon.