Saturday, May 19, 2012

Ginger's Island Fried Chicken

I was blessed to be able to do some food shopping yesterday and even more blessed to be able to cook a delicious dinner for four.  Jim, Gia and I enjoyed a great dinner and some fabulous conversation over a nice glass of Sherrie.

I thought you all might enjoy this recipe if you love fried chicken but have decided to do without the fried part due to the health issues associated with fried foods.  I have found that frying in coconut oil is awesome.  You only need a little bit of the smooth tasting oil and get a whole lot of crispy flavorful goodness.

So far I have tried this with pork chops and chicken and last night got really creative with some panko bread crumbs and fresh grated ginger.  Oooh this one gets 5 stars across the board, all in attendance agreed.  The tasty chicken was accompanied by my Kale recipe that was also a big hit.

How much fun to have a little dinner party at One Love.  I haven't entertained in a while and truly enjoyed doing so.  I have always taken pride in being the hostess with the mostess, well now I can do so without giving my guest clogged arteries from my old ways of cooking while still offering a flavorful meal of healthy ingredients that as Gia put it...  "dance on the tongue".

Ginger's Island Fried Chicken
Super Yummy 

4 Servings~

8 Trader Joe's free range chicken drumsticks
2 eggs
1/4 can of organic coconut milk
2 cups of Panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup dark brown sugar (can substitute with honey or molasses)
1/2 tsp organic garlic powder
1 tbsp fresh ground ginger
2 dashes sea salt
2 dashes fresh ground pepper
4 dashes 21 Seasoning Salute
4 tbsp virgin expeller pressed coconut oil
1 cup flour

Rinse chicken
Mix flour, salt, pepper and 21 Seasoning Salute
Mix eggs and coconut milk (beat well)
Mix Panko bread crumbs, ginger, brown sugar and garlic powder

Coat chicken in flour mixture (shaking is best)  then dip in egg mixture and press firmly into Panko bread crumb mixture and place in one layer on a plate allowing to sit till the bread crumbs set well, otherwise they will come off when frying.

Heat pan or electric skillet to about 300 with coconut oil and slow fry chicken with occasionally covering to help the chicken cook without burning the panko crust.  I use an electric skillet that has a steam release valve that works great, I am not sure how a frying pan and lid will work with covering it.  The electric skillet works awesome and I don't lose any of the crunch.  Allow time between turning for the crust to harden so you don't lose crust.  I believe this recipe would be great in the oven also I don't use the oven in One Love so I am limited until I figure out the whole oven thing here, haha.

I served this with my Kale and Chick Pea's recipe on the "A Tale About Kale" blog with adding some ginger to the Kale recipe and the two really complimented each other nicely.

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