Pumpkin seed crusted chicken with Mexican corn cakes

  • Preparation Time60 mins
  • Cooking Time30 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy

For the chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 eggs, beaten
80g plain flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
150g finely ground pumpkin seeds
50g panko breadcrumbs

For the corn cakes

150ml gold top milk
3 tbsp butter, melted
1 egg yolk
80g corn from 1 cob, divided
40g finely chopped white onion
2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander leaves
1 tbsp minced jalapeno
80g plain flour
70g cornmeal or polenta
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg white
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

For the mango sauce

150g diced mango
1 tbsp finely diced white onion
1 tbsp freshly chopped coriander leaves
1 tbsp sugar
3/4 tbsp minced jalapeno
1/4 tsp salt
60ml chicken broth
3 tbsp gold top milk
Queso fresco (or cottage cheese), for serving
For the chicken:
1) Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Pound the chicken breasts until they are 0.5cm thick.

2) Place the eggs into a dish. In another dish mix the plain flour, salt and pepper. In a third dish place the ground pumpkin seeds and panko breadcrumbs.

3) Dip the chicken into the eggs and then into the plain flour mixture, back to the eggs and then into the pumpkin/panko mix to coat.

4) Grease a baking tray and place the chicken on top. Bake for about 25 minutes or until the chicken is golden and cooked through.

For the corn cakes:
1) In a food processor mix the gold top milk, melted butter, egg yolk and half the corn until smooth. Transfer the mixture to medium bowl. Add the remaining corn, onion, coriander leaves and jalapeno and set aside.

2) In a separate bowl mix the plain flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and gently mix. In a small bowl whisk the egg white until slightly stiff peaks form. Fold the whisked egg into the corn batter.

3) Heat the oil in a large cast iron pan over a medium heat. Drop the corn batter by tbsps into the hot pan, making 8 cakes. Cook approximately 1 minute on each side or until browned.

For the mango sauce:
1) In a food processor place the mango, onion, coriander leaves, sugar, jalapeno and salt and process until smooth.

2) Add the chicken broth. Transfer the mixture to a small saucepan over a medium heat. Cook until bubbles form. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the gold top milk.

To assemble the dish:
1) Place 1 chicken breast and 2 corn cakes on each plate. Drizzle with mango sauce and garnish with crumbled cheese.

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