Crunchy Macadamia Nut Chicken over Tropical Fruit Paella

"This is a Hawaiian variation of your typical fried chicken. The coating is so good with the macadamia nuts! I have adapted this recipe from the Hali'imaile General Store Cookbook. This is one of Maui's most celebrated restaurants. The rice is amazing and, in my opinion, well worth the time. The mango chutney actually reminds me of an ambrosia taste.The recipe includes a lot of steps and is somewhat time-intensive. Make it on a day when you have the time to enjoy your time cooking. Enjoy!"
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Ready In:
1hr 45mins




  • Tropical Fruit Paella:

  • Put the rice in a sieve and rinse under cold running water until the water runs clear. Drain well. In a saucepan, heat 2 Tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and sautee for about 3 minutes, until soft. Add the rice, lemongrass and salt and stir well. Add the stock, stir, cover and cook for 12 to 14 minutes over medium heat until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed. Remove and discard the lemongrass.
  • Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat the remaining 2 Tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Add the ginger and garlic and sautee for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the bell pepper, green onion, water chestnuts, and all the fruits and saute lightly for about 2 minutes, until heated through. Add this mixture to the rice and toss to combine. Keep warm until serving time.
  • Pineapple Chutney Dipping Sauce:

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Set aside.
  • Chicken:

  • Put the rolled oats in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl. Put the macadamia nuts in the food processor and pulse until finely chopped but not stuck together. Add the nuts to the oatmeal and mix well. Add the flour, thyme and Parmesan cheese and mix well again. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Dip the chicken breasts into the melted butter. Dredge the breasts in the oats mixture until they are well coated.
  • In a large skillet, heat the canola oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken breasts skin side down and fry, turning once, for about 4 minutes on each side, until crispy and brown and cooked through. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
  • To Serve:

  • Put a spoonful of the paella in the center of each plate and top with a chicken breast. Serve with the dipping sauce alongside.

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  1. Sydney Mike
    Don't think I've ever made a recipe quite like this one, but we thoroughly enjoyed the combo of fruit flavors in the finished chicken dish! Made the recipe pretty much as given, though another time I think I'd cut the breasts (mine were at least half a pound each) into 4 to 6 strips & then fix 'em, probably getting at least 6 servings from that! Would be a wonderfully different meal to have for special company! Many thanks for sharing the recipe! [Tagged & made in Please Review My Recipe]


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