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Aaron McCargo Jr.'s Coconut Ginger Chicken Skewer With Honey-Scallion Sauce
- 3 quarts canola oil
- 4 8- ounce boneless and skinless chicken breasts cut lengthwise into 4 strips (Note: if you are making the kid friendly version cut into nuggets)
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 3 tbsp fresh ginger shredded
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup sour cream drained
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup chopped scallions (white and green parts)
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Barbecue sauce
- Honey Mustard
- To make Honey-Scallion Dipping Sauce: in a small bowl, combine the sour cream, honey, scallion, and cayenne. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to chill, or for up to 1 week. Stir before using.
- To make Coconut-Ginger Chicken Skewers: In a shallow bowl, soak 16 wooden skewers in cold water for about 20 minutes. Drain.
- In a heavy, deep pot, heat the oil to 350 degrees over medium-high heat. Line a baking sheet or tray with parchment paper.
- Thread each skewer with a chicken breast, weaving the skewer in and out of the meat. Leave a "handle" at one end of the skewers. Note: If you want this kid-friendly, cut the chicken into nuggets and don't use skewers.
- In a wide, shallow bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and pepper. In another bowl, mix together the panko, coconut, and ginger. In a third bowl, whisk the eggs. Note: if you are making this for kids omit the coconut and ginger.
- Dip the chicken strips first in the flour mixture and then into the eggs, and then the bread crumb mixture. Set aside on the prepared baking sheet.
- Grasping the handle ends of the skewers, carefully submerge the chicken in the hot oil and fry until golden brown, 1 1/2 to 3 minutes per side, frying only a few strips at a time. Transfer to a large plate or baking sheet lined with paper towels to drain. Continue frying the strips, letting the oil return to 350 between batches. Serve with the dipping sauce or ketchup, barbecue sauce and honey if you are making it kids. Note: you can bake these at 375 deg F for 10 to 12 minutes instead of frying.