Monday, January 27, 2014

Pistachio Crumbed Chicken with Raspberry Soy Sauce (Secret Recipe Club)

Happy new year everyone and welcome to my first Secret Recipe Club post of 2014!

So my blogging has been a little sporadic to say the least over the past couple of months. Who would have thought that 3 little boys would keep me so busy! My littlest boy is now 3 months old and sleeping pretty well so I am finally starting to feel more like myself and more motivated to get back into the kitchen.

This month for SRC I was assigned My Judy the Foodie by Shari. I love the idea behind this blog, with Shari cooking her way through her mother Judy's recipes as a way of remembering her and preserving her culinary prowess.

I can really relate to Shari as I lost my mum to cancer in 2008 and actually started this blog within a few weeks of her passing. While she didn't love cooking she certainly encouraged me and loved eating anything I made. I know she would have loved me blogging.

While Shari has some delicious sounding sweets on her blog I am on a healthy-eating kick at the moment to shift some baby weight so decided to stick with a main meal. The one I chose, Pistachio Crusted Chicken with Raspberry Soy Sauce, had me so intrigued I just had to make it!

I sent my husband out to buy the ingredients for this one and we both had mini heart attacks at the price of pistachios - about $60/kg!!! So we got just 1 cup of un-shelled pistachios and made up the rest of the quantity with mixed nuts. The end result was still really tasty with that gorgeous pistachio green colour. I would however recommend blitzing the nuts in a food processor for a smoother crumb. I crushed mine very carefully with a rolling pin so as not to wake the baby!

I was a little dubious about the sauce, I mean who mixes raspberry jam with soy sauce and horseradish? I will admit to having a little taste of the sauce on its own and wondering whether I'd made a huge mistake. But Judy was onto something because when it was poured over the chicken it was delicious! I served it with sweet potato mash and it made a really lovely dinner.

Recipe Pistachio Crusted Chicken with Raspberry Sauce
Adapted from My Judy the Foodie

500g chicken thigh fillets
garlic powder
olive oil for frying
sea salt
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup flour
1.5 cups crushed pistachio nuts
250g jar of raspberry jam (mine was St Dalfour 100% fruit)
90mls low salt soy sauce
2 ts of white horseradish from a jar

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Season the chicken with garlic powder and sea salt. Dip the chicken fillets into a bowl filled with flour, then into a bowl full of beaten eggs. After chicken is fully coated with egg wash, place in a bowl with the crushed pistachio nuts and cover completely.

In a large fry pan over medium high heat, fry the chicken pieces in about ¼ cup olive oil until both sides are golden, approximately 2-3 minutes per side.

Remove the pieces from the pan and place on a baking tray and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until cooked through.

To make the sauce, combine the raspberry jam, soy sauce and horseradish in a small bowl and mix completely to desired taste. Heat the sauce if you wish and pour over top baked chicken.

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  1. Surprise! You were my SRC assignment this month, and I made your Ah-Maz-Ing Caramel Swirl Cheesecake! My family and I loved it.

    I'm glad to hear things are starting to settle down with your new addition to the family. What a busy time for you right now. Your chicken dish does sound a little unusual, but looks tasty and colorful.

    Thanks for giving me a fantastic new dessert recipe, and happy reveal day! :)

  2. What an interesting recipe - great choice!

  3. So glad you tried this recipe. It really is wonderful although, I was skeptical at first too. Thanks for the kind words and so happy we're know virtually connected/

  4. Oh my goodness, this looks absolutely amaaaaazing! Raspberry soy sauce with pistachios sound absolutely delicious! Happy SRC Day!

  5. Great SRC choice! Will have to try this recipe, I'm always looking for a new and delicious way to make chicken. Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  6. I never thought to use raspberry jam, but the chicken does look heavenly! Great SRC choice!

  7. Such an interesting combination of flavors and textures. Definitely a party in the mouth :-) Great SRC pick!!

  8. I'm always looking for new ways to make chicken. This sounds great! Thanks for sharing :)

  9. This sounds so interesting Susan, and I'm such a pistachio fan! Should try it and move on from my usual roasted bird!

  10. What an interesting combination of flavors! Great pick this month!

  11. Wow a pistachio crust sounds amazing

  12. That chicken look marvelous! I love pistachios so I know I would adore this dish. Great pick!

  13. That looks really good. I think the combo sounds so good. Love pistachios!

  14. oh wow! I love pistachios. this sounds so rich and good. Great choice. Visiting from group D

  15. Wow, this looks amazing. I love anything with pistachios! Great choice for SRC!

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