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This is an African inspired recipe by chef Keith Famie. The chicken is nice and crispy on the outside while remaining moist on the inside. The sauce is an exotic touch. Enjoy!
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1⁄4 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup light brown sugar, unpacked
- 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
- 1 ripe papaya (pawpaw, peeled, seeded and diced)
- 1⁄4 cup brandy
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
- vegetable oil, for frying
- 2 cups breadcrumbs
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped finely
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups whole milk
- 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, cut into strips
- 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- Melt the butter in a saute pan over medium heat and then lightly saute the walnuts for 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in the sugar until it gets completely dissolved. Add the mango and papaya and continue to saute for another 3 to 4 minutes. Briefly take the pan off the burner so you can add your brandy, return the pan to the burner and let the brandy flame off its alcohol. (Be careful and watch out for the flames.) Add the water and simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir in the mint and cook 1 more minute. Take the pan off of the heat and put the sauce into a blender and puree until the sauce is smooth. Return the sauce to the pan and keep warm.
- Fill a 1 gallon stockpot 3 inches deep with the vegetable oil. Heat the oil over medium heat to 350 degrees F. (If the temp is lower, the chicken will absorb the oil and become greasy.).
- Mix the bread crumbs and finely chopped walnuts together on a plate.
- Whisk the eggs and milk together in a bowl or pie plate.
- Dust the chicken strips with flour, dip them into the egg wash and then press them into the bread crumb mixture - coating evenly.
- Put the chicken strips into the hot oil (be careful when working with hot oil!).When they begin to turn brown, use tongs to turn them over. When all sides are golden brown, remove and place them on paper toweling to drain.
- Serve the walnut chicken with the brandy pawpaw sauce. Enjoy!
Delicious and different dish! The sauce is fabulous. I only used 2 T of the sugar because the papaya and mango already are so sweet, otherwise followed the recipe to the letter (using gluten free ingredients). We're pretty sure that we'll want to have this sauce again :)<br/>Thanks for sharing!<br/>Made for Sweet December Game.