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Megans Cookin: Macadamia Crusted Chicken with Mango Salsa

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Macadamia Crusted Chicken with Mango Salsa

Like most people, I started my New Year resolutions on Monday, the 5Th of January. And like most people, I vowed to eat healthier and get more exercise. I'm pleased to say I at least started off on the right foot. After a trip to the gym, I came home and made macadamia crusted chicken with a mango salsa.
While trying to catch up on my blogger reading after a long weekend away, I started following link after link after link and came across this recipe that I knew would become my dinner. I used their main idea, but of course has to adjust everything to what I had on hand and/or what I remembered to buy at the store. The marinade I used was a soy sauce based marinade called Sati Babi I got from my Taste of Home package. But I added the original marinade recipe for you. And I knew I wanted to bake it instead of frying.
I loved this dish and I know I'll be making it again. I did a little prep work before I went to the gym so it didn't take long to all come together once I got home. And the leftovers made a tasty salad for my lunch the next day.
The salsa makes this dish sing. It's fresh and spicy and makes the whole meal pop.

Macadamia Crusted Chicken Tenders
Adapted from RecipeZarr

1/2 cup soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon mirin (sweet rice wine)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
1 teaspoon peeled and minced fresh ginger

6 boneless skinless chicken breast-I used chicken tenders
1 cup macadamia nuts, finely chopped
3/4 cup fine dry breadcrumb (Japanese Panko)
1/2 cup AP flour
3 eggs, lightly beaten

1Marinade: Combine ingredients.
2Chicken: Marinate chicken for 1 hour, turning occasionally, then drain.
3Combine nuts and bread crumbs.
4Dredge chicken in flour, dip in beaten eggs then coat with nut mixture
5. Bake 400 for 15-20 minutes or till done

Mango Salsa
1 Can crushed Pineapple
2 Mangos, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
1TBSP fat leaf parsley

Combine all ingredients



Blogger Patsyk said...

That looks so nice and crunchy. I love using different types of nuts as the crust on chicken since it adds a new flavor to an ordinary dish.

January 6, 2009 at 6:12 PM  
Blogger Reeni said...

How delicious! The Mango salsa makes it so refreshing. Reminds me of summer.

January 6, 2009 at 6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This does sound good. I always think the Mac nuts really taste well on chicken and fish. Thanks for sharing this with us.

January 6, 2009 at 11:00 PM  
Blogger The Peanut Butter Boy said...

That is a gorgeous dish, it's now on my list to make. What do you think about using walnuts or almonds? I seem to have a lot of those floating around.

People named Megan seem to really like food, you're the third or fourth food blogger named Megan I've met. Hello!

January 7, 2009 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

This sounds great. Ben loves fried stuff but is having to cut back, so I need spicy baked recipes! Fabulous!

January 7, 2009 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Dragon said...

Healthy and delicious? Almost too good to be true. Well done!

January 7, 2009 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

Who knew mango salsa was so easy. It sounds great!

January 7, 2009 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Ooh Megan. You know how to get to me. The mango salsa sounds delicious especialy over the crusted chicken. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. I'd love to have some right about now. :)

January 8, 2009 at 6:22 PM  
Blogger test it comm said...

This sounds great! Macadamia nuts and mango are a nice flavour combo.

January 8, 2009 at 8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooo... that does look good.

January 8, 2009 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This looks like something I would make! Great recipe!

January 9, 2009 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger BumbleVee said...

luckily my "gym" is in my basement... my treadmill and free weights...

and.... I have the ingredients from some festive fun cooking... it fits right in with my penurious nature..... waste not;want not. Using up pantry and freezer goodies is on my list of January to-dos... I'm gonna try this one... it'll just mean extra leg lifts, jumping jacks and an extra mile or two.....

January 9, 2009 at 12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm starving...

January 12, 2009 at 11:00 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

This sounds amazing!!

January 16, 2009 at 10:55 AM  

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