Friday, June 15, 2012

I don't know about you, but I like finger foods

Chicken and coconut.  Do these things really go together?  The answer is yes, yes they do.  They absolutely do.  

Scenario 1: You're having the guys over to watch the football game or the girls over for some appetizers and wine (or to watch the football game) and you can't/don't eat gluten so you're not exactly sure what you can make that everyone else will like.

Scenario 2: You've had a long day and you're going crazy and your kids are going crazy, so you need to make a relatively quick, gluten-free meal that children will love just as much as you do.

Scenario 3: You just really friggen crave chicken. And coconut. 

BAM - here we are.  Coconut Chicken Bites.

Coconut chicken bites:

-2 lbs chicken breasts
-2 eggs
-1/2 cup coconut flour
-1 cup gluten free panko crumbs
-1 cup, shredded, unsweetened coconut
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 cup olive oil

1. Cut the chicken breasts into strips
2. Prep your breading station - In the first bowl, combine the flour and salt.  In the second bowl, crack the eggs and whisk together.  And, in the third bowl, stir together the panko crumbs and coconut.
3. Place 1/4 cup vegetable oil into a pan
4. While the oil is heating up, cover the chicken strips in the flour/salt mixture, then the egg mixture, then the panko/coconut mixture.
5.  After breading the strips, place them into a pan.  Depending on the size of your pan, you will probably be able to put in 6-10 strips.  Do not layer on top of one another.  Fry for about 3 minutes on each side (they will cook fast since they are thin strips) or until crispy and brown on the outside.
6. Once they are done, you can place them onto a paper towel on a plate.  I serve them with gluten free sweet chili sauce - yum! Or you can serve with ketchup.

I made this recipe last night for my boyfriend, his cousin, and 2 children and we all loved it.  It was originally made with gluten products, but with my own twist, I turned it into a gluten-free recipe and in my opinion, it tasted even better.

As most people know, chicken is a really great, lean meat to eat (yes, I do realize that rhymed), especially for people with any sort of disease or disorder because it provides the optimal level of nutrients necessary to maintain good health.

I paired this delicious chicken recipe with steamed broccoli.  Vegetables are a great source of antioxidants, which are nutrients that support your body's ability to defend itself from infections and disease.  Broccoli also contains folic acid, which is one of the proven natural treatments for bipolar.  I will expand a little on this topic:

Bipolar and Folic Acid benefits:
1. Relief from depression
2. Relief from mania
3. Prevention of serious birth defects

Although I'm absolutely not suggesting that eating foods that contains folic acid will cure you from the symptoms of bipolar, I am suggesting that folic acid may assist.

Enjoy this yummy and simple lunch, dinner, or snack!

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