Posts Tagged ‘Mango’

Mango Chutney

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Mango Chutney

You know the appetizers they bring to the table at Indian restaurants – usually papadums (lentil crackers) with dipping sauces and chutneys?

When I started craving one of those chutneys and looking forward to it more than my actual meal, I knew I needed to make it at home. (more…)

Garlicky Red Quinoa Patties with Mango Black Bean Salsa

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Garlicky Red Quinoa Patties with Mango Black Bean Salsa

One of the perks of living in Florida is that when fruit trees bear fruit, people suddenly have more than they know what do with, and the wealth inevitably gets shared. I remember waking up to a huge box of mangos on my front porch one morning when I lived there during law school…

One of my friend’s parents’ had a mango tree in their backyard (along with a grapefruit tree, those lucky ducks) and I was absolutely certain the fruit was from her family (who also frequently dropped off oranges and avocados that they got from a friend who also had fruit trees). (more…)

Tropical Chicken Salad

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

I know a lot of people who don’t think salad can be a satisfying meal.  They think of it as fine for a first course or a side dish, but never a main course.  If you’re one of those people, make this salad.  It will change your mind.  There are so many different flavors and textures going on…the tender, nutty chicken…the crispy, sweet banana chips…the tang from the yogurt-based poppy seed dressing.  It all works together amazingly well. 

img_9727-smallUnsweetened, desiccated coconut was the one thing I wanted to add to this salad but in my haste forgot (it’s so hard to be patient when something smells as good as this chicken does when it’s cooking).  I’ll take this as an excuse to make this salad again.  And it will give me a chance to pick up some King’s Hawaiian Sweet Bread, since I think it would be a fantastic pair.

 

Not only is this salad a fabulously delicious and satisfying meal on its own, but there is something interesting about its main ingredients.  Coconuts, mango, and bananas grow abundantly in Haiti, which happens to be this month’s focus for Regional Recipes.  (For more on Haitian food, see here.)  I’m sending this salad to Joanne of Eats Well with Others for her Regional Recipes round-up of Haitian dishes! 

img_9728-smallTropical Chicken Salad

 

(Yield:  4 servings)

 

Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing (see below)

4 (4-6 oz) chicken breast cutlets

1/2 c macadamia nuts, divided

1/2 c Honey Nut Cheerios

1 large egg, beaten

Olive oil (to lightly coat the pan)

8-10 c lettuce, washed, dried, and torn into bite-sized pieces

1 ripe mango, diced

1/4 c banana chips

1/4 c unsweetened, desiccated coconut

Salt and pepper

King’s Hawaiian Sweet Bread (optional, for serving)

 

Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing:

1/4 c low-fat plain yogurt

1 TB canola oil

1 tsp each lemon juice and poppy seeds

1/2 to 1 tsp honey (depending on your taste)

Pinch salt and pepper

 

Whisk together all ingredients for the dressing.

 

Crush 1/4 c of the macadamia nuts and Cheerios to a coarse meal (a few larger pieces are ok).  Season the chicken with salt and pepper; dip the chicken in the beaten egg and let the excess drip off.  Coat the chicken in the crushed macadamia nut/Cheerio mixture.

 

Heat a large pan over medium to medium high heat and add enough oil to just cover the bottom of the pan (about 2 TB).  When the oil starts to ripple, add the chicken and cook about 3-4 minutes on the first side or until golden brown.  Flip the chicken over and cook another 3-4 minutes, or until golden.  Transfer the chicken to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

 

Arrange the salad in each of 4 large bowls:  put the lettuce on the bottom, then top with the mango, banana chips, remaining macadamia nuts, coconut, and a drizzle of the Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing.  Place the chicken on top and serve.

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Hello! I’m Faith and I write An Edible Mosaic. This is my recipe collection of international favorites and updated American classics, with an emphasis on seasonal dishes. I focus on real foods that sustain body and mind, bring people together, and make a house a home. Welcome to my mosaic of recipes.

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