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Amazon Fried Chicken Breasts with Cilantro Sauce
© James Baigrie

Amazon Fried Chicken Breasts with Cilantro Sauce

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This recipe comes from Michael Cordúa, a 1994 Best New Chef, now chef-owner of Churrascos, Amazon and Américas in Houston.

  1. 2 cups cilantro leaves
  2. 2 garlic cloves
  3. 1 jalapeño, seeded
  4. 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  5. 2 tablespoons water
  6. 1 cup mayonnaise
  7. 2 large eggs
  8. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  9. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  11. One 5 1/2-ounce bag potato chips, finely crushed
  12. Four 6-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, pounded 1/2 inch thick
  13. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  1. In a blender, combine the cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, vinegar and water and puree. Transfer to a bowl and whisk in the mayonnaise. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. In a shallow bowl, lightly beat the eggs. In another shallow bowl, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Spread the potato chips in a third bowl. Lightly coat the chicken with the flour, shaking off any excess, then dip in the beaten eggs. Coat the chicken with the potato chips.
  3. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet until shimmering. Add the chicken and cook over moderately high heat until golden and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to plates. Serve at once with the cilantro sauce.
Serve With Tomato salad.