A fun weekend and crispy chicken


Hey cooks, Before I start telling you about today’s recipe I want to share with you a little bit of what I did last weekend and why. On Saturday morning, I participated in a 5k named Walk with me benefiting an organization called Easter Seals. The event was at the Houston Zoo. I had a fabulous time looking at all of the animals and cherishing God’s beautiful creation. I’ve included a collection of some photos from the walk at the very bottom of my post.

Why did I walk in the fun run you might ask??? because of two reasons; 1. When I was first diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, my parents were nervous and didn’t what C.P. was so they turned to Easter Seals for help. 2. I have been walking in this 5k since 2013, after I had discovered they assisted my family and me, thought it was cool and decided I would give back to a fantastic organization that helped my family and me so long ago.

And for those of who don’t know what Easter Seals is; they provide numerous of services, resources, and other programs to kids and adults who have various special needs just like with my family and me.

Finally moving on to today’s original topic lol

One of my all-time favorite social media sites I often go to besides Facebook for cooking inspirations is Pinterest. I admit it’s pretty addicting lol. I enjoy scrolling through it looking for recipes to cook and blog about like the one I’m going to be showing you in a few seconds. I chose to cook this one today because of two reasons; 1. They are delicious 2. Since I’m encouraging you to overcome your fear of using the oven or stove, I thought I’d let you decide how you want to cook your chicken. Like me, for example, I prefer to bake mine. Have fun and if you start to worry remember to ask God for help. 🙂

Fried or baked crispy coconut chicken

Ingredients

Vegetable oil for frying
Non-stick cooking spray for baking
1/2 C. flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 – 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper {optional}
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 – 4 C. of sweetened coconut flakes (Baker’s Coconut)
3 – 4 medium boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, cut into strips or nuggets.

Preparation instructions for chicken

1. Get a sheet of wax paper and put it on your kitchen counter. Rinse each breast with cold water then place them on the wax paper. Get a few paper towels to dry them off individually until they are no longer wet. I cut my chicken into strips.

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2. In a bowl mix flour, salt, pepper & cayenne pepper. Set aside.
In a second bowl, add 3 eggs and lightly beat. 

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3. In a third bowl add coconut flakes. Take chicken and immerse in flour mixture. Then dip into eggs and cover well. Then dip in coconut and set aside on a plate and or a baking dish. Do this to all chicken.

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Directions for frying

In a medium pot, add 2 – 3 Inches of oil. Turn burner to medium and allow oil to get nice and hot. The perfect temperature should be 365*F
Once the chicken is ready, check the oil. Place the end of a wooden spoon in the oil. If bubbles form around the spoon, the oil is ready. If bubbles do not form around the spoon, then the oil is not hot enough.
Once the oil is hot enough, GENTLY add chicken one piece at a time to oil, ensuring chicken does not touch and stick together upon initial contact into the oil. Cook chicken for approximately 4 minutes then flip and allow the other side to cook. Cook second side for an additional approximate 4 minutes. Gently remove golden chicken and set on a paper towel-lined plate. Cook chicken in batches if all does not fit into the pan.

Baking Method

If you’d rather BAKE instead of fry, follow these directions: Preheat the oven to 400*F. Lay coconut breaded chicken on a baking dish lined with parchment paper, non-stick foil, and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn chicken over. Bake 10 more minutes (total 25) or until chicken is cooked through. 

Once all chicken is cooked, serve with your favorite sauce.
I dig this with a batch of homemade Chick-Fil -A sauce or choose your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

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Recipe adapted from Nums The Word

Thank you so much for reading and have a great night!

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