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How to Cook Almond Coconut Chicken

Almond Coconut Chicken

With spring break coming up, now is the time to add this delicious chicken dish to your arsenal. Whether you are looking to cook a centerpiece dish for a party of friends and family, get in great shape without crying about how bland your food is, or just want to cook up a flavorful dish that won’t make you fat and bloated,  please keep this recipe in mind.  This tasty chicken gives you another option when temptation strikes, helping you avoid pigging out on burgers and fries!

Having a strategy  for cooking food you will enjoy over and over again will not only help you build that six pack that you’ve been working so hard on, it will step-up your dedication to the lean body you want by summer time! If you love chicken, you know as well as I do that it can get boring eating it just plain baked or grilled. Add some healthy loving into your food!

McDonald's 10 Piece Chicken McNuggets

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It is actually possible to eat something that satisfies the palate without making you feel terrible about it afterward.  Isn’t that what everyone thinks? “Oh, if it tastes good, it must be bad for you…” WRONG! Why not eat something that gives you the essence of  McDonald’s chicken nuggets, that’s appetizing and healthy? Not trying to bash Micky D’s; they are just the most popular. Damn those nuggets for being freaking amazing!

Instead of the $4.99 for almost 3/4 lb. of nuggets (320g), you can find chicken on sale that gets you more than twice as much chicken for under five dollars.This almond coconut chicken will give you more bang for your buck and you won’t feel like garbage after eating it.

Remember, fat is good if it’s from a great source such as coconut oil or almonds – not from a deep frier in a fast food restaurant. The calories in this meal are relatively close to the chicken nuggets above, but the quality of your calories is very different.

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 pounds of chicken (1.5kg)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil (7.5 ml)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of sea salt (7.5 ml)
  • 1/2 cup of shredded almonds (120 ml)
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 1 cup of almond flour/meal (240 ml)
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut (240 ml)

*Note: when preparing your mixture, you can add more or less depending on how much chicken you cook. If you decide to cook 3 1/2 pounds and you want to completely saturate the chicken strips in your mixture, use 1 1/2 times the mixture amount. I just used a light coating.

Directions:

  1. To shred the almonds, use a ninja blender or food processor and keep a little texture to them.
  2. Add sea salt, shredded almonds, almond flour, and shredded coconut into a mixing bowl to form your mixture.
  3. Turn on your stove and heat up a non-stick cooking pan to medium heat.
  4. Add coconut oil into the pan.
  5. Dip your chicken strips into the scrambled eggs, roll the chicken in the mixture, and then add it to a plate.
  6. Repeat the process until all of your chicken strips are covered. Every time you lay more chicken in the pan, add another 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil. If you use a large pan, use twice as much coconut oil.
  7. Add your covered chicken strips to the pan.
  8. Cook the chicken strips for roughly 4-5 minutes each side, 8-10 minutes total. Please be sure to cut through your chicken strips to see if they are well done. You can also use a cooking thermometer to check the temperature. The recommended minimum temperature is 165°F (~74°C).
  9. If both sides are pretty golden brown and your chicken is still raw in the middle, you do not want to blacken your chicken on the outside. Bake the chicken strips in the oven for an additional 5 minutes or so at 350°F (177°C).
  10. Enjoy!

*For more safety information about meat, poultry, seafood and other cooked foods, please visit the US Government Food Safety Website to view the minimum cooking temperatures for food.

Meat

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Time Sheet:  

  • Prep time – 5 minutes.
  • Cook time – 10 minutes (per 3  servings). The bigger the pan, the more chicken you can fit in it and the less time it will take.
  • Total cook time for all servings – 45 minutes.
  • Total prep time – 50 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size: 4. oz (113 g). Recipe makes a little over 14 servings.
  • Calories – 377
  • Fat – 20g
  • Carbs – 5g
  • Protein – 38

This recipe makes a little over 14 4oz. (~113g)  servings. For most guys who can eat, this is probably 7 servings. And if you’re a workout-a-holic, this bad mamajama will be easily eaten in two days, one day if you just used this as your protein source all day.

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