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Coconut Chicken Cutlets

Coconut Chicken Cutlets


  • 8 chicken cutlets, slightly pounded

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 cup flour

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 cup grated unsweetened coconut

  • 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 1/2 cup pineapple preserves

  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded and sliced into rings

  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar or Tamari (dark soy sauce)

  • 1-2 tablespoons chicken stock

  • 2 scallions, whites and greens sliced


Pre-heat the oven to 250˚F. Place a cooling rack over a baking sheet and place them in oven.

Arrange three shallow dishes: Place about a cup of flour on the first dish for dredging the chicken. Beat the eggs with a splash of water in second dish. Combine the panko breadcrumbs and coconut in the third dish.

Heat a thin layer of EVOO (eyeball it) in a large skillet over medium heat. Season the chicken cutlets with salt and pepper, then coat them in the flour, then the egg and lastly, the breadcrumb-coconut mixture. Fry the cutlets in two batches until deep golden in color, 3-4 minutes on each side. Keep the chicken crisp in the warm oven and repeat with the remaining chicken.

In a small skillet over medium-high heat, stir together the pineapple preserves, jalapeño slices, rice wine vinegar or Tamari and chicken stock. Reduce until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the scallions.

To serve, arrange the chicken on a platter and pour the sauce over the top. This is one of many "Yum-o!" recipes – it's good and good for you. To find out more about Yum-o!, Rachael's nonprofit organization, go to