Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Paleo Coconut Fried Chicken

We made this recipe only because we wanted to enjoy the leftovers for a picnic! Cold fried chicken is total picnic food, don't you think? And a tangy vegetable salad, too (a specialty my grandfather use to make when harvesting his garden)! This was a tasty combo, and even better on the beach over looking the Golden Gate Bridge! :-)

Coconut Fried Chicken:
Skinless, boneless chicken thighs, about 12 pieces
1-2 C shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/3 C cocnut flour
1/4 C arrowroot powder
1 tsp. of each spice: sea salt, black ground pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, ground sage, dried thyme, and dried oregano
1 T paprika
1/4 C water
2 C unsweetened coconut milk
about 1/4 C coconut oil and/or olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix coconut flakes, pepper and paprika on a plate and set aside. Combine coconut flour, arrowroot powder and remaining spices... mix well. Mix in water and slowly add coconut milk with a fork to make a smooth batter (you may not use all the coconut milk to a good batter-like consistency). One at a time, dip each chicken thigh into the batter and arrange on a tray. Really coat the pieces well, and try to use all the batter. Now, dredge chicken thighs in the shredded coconut mixture, and coat each piece well. Heat oil in a larger skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot (make sure oil is hot)... add chicken pieces, careful not to over-crowd the pan. Cook until golden brown on each side (about 2 minutes). Transfer chicken thighs to a baking dish. Place in a preheated 350 degree oven, and cook for about 10-15 minutes.

Tangy garden salad:
1 basket cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 red onion, diced
2 cucumbers, chopped
1 green bell pepper
2 T chopped fresh cilantro
1 T lemon juice
2 T balsamic vinegar
pinch sea salt
1 tsp. black pepper


Trixie said...

WOW that looks good!

Alissa said...

I just made this on my first day of eating paleo. I got my spices off so it was a little spicy, but definitely a win! my mom loved it too :D thanks so much!


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