I had some chicken breasts in the fridge, so I looked for inspiration on Pinterest! If you haven't come aboard on the Pinterest craze, be warned that it's an addicting website. I have discovered all kinds of new blogs, and it's fun to see what my other blogger friends are pinning. Thanks to my blogger friend Cathy, at Wives With Knives, she had pinned a recipe for Coconut Chicken (from Pennies on a Platter) that looked easy and appetizing.
homemade apricot-pineapple jam. The recipe listed apricot jam, but my absolute favorite jam is apricot-pineapple. I must make more, this summer. Anyway, I added two tablespoons of Dijon mustard, to 1/4 cup of jam. I felt that was just a little too much Dijon for my liking as it overpowered the delicious flavor of the jam. I simply added another 1/4 cup of jam, and all was good. To be honest, I think just pure jam would have been just fine-- more on that later. I set it in the fridge to chill.
Preheat the oven to 400F.
Coat each piece of chicken, and gently press the coconut mixture.
Place the chicken on either parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
The instructions said to melt 1/2 cup of unsalted butter. Necessity is the other of invention, because to my horror, I realized I was almost out of butter! I melted my last 1/4 cup of unsalted butter and added 1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil. (I think that could be reduced.)
Then drizzle over each piece of chicken..
A little messy, but it's ready to go into the oven. I set the timer for 15 minutes.
...then flipped them over.
They were lightly golden. Can I leave well enough alone? No!
I wanted extra-crunch, so I turned on the broiler and placed the rack on the highest position. Coconut can burn fast, so I watched the chicken closely-- after 2 minutes, I flipped them over.
I present to you extra-crispy coconut chicken. In less than 45 minutes from start to finish-- including photographing, and wiping off flour and egg from my camera.
This is family friendly. Kids would love it, too.
TASTING NOTES: I dedicate this recipe to my BFF of 35 years. Patty loves coconut, and I am absolutely sure that she would love this dinner. This dinner is really fast and easy to make. I loved the crunchy texture of the coconut. The apricot-pineapple jam was perfect with each bite. Craig loved it, too. For a moment, I thought that shrimp would be a great substitute, but I'd be afraid of overcooking it. There's nothing worse than rubbery over-cooked shrimp. I'll stick to chicken, and I will definitely make this again. Make this. Seriously. It's lip-smacking good with plain white or coconut rice.
Thanks "Pennies on a Platter" for sharing this recipe. I love Nikki's blog, with her beautiful photographs and mouth-watering recipes. Had it not been for Pinterest, I might not have found her.
A printable recipe card is at the very end of this post. If you can't view it (on Internet Explorer), click here to be directed to Key Ingredient.