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Hot-and-Crunchy Chicken Cones
© Quentin Bacon

Hot-and-Crunchy Chicken Cones

  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 15 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 6
  • STAFF-FAVORITE

Chef Way Austin's The Mighty Cone food trailer has become famous for its Hot-and-Crunchy Cones: fried chicken coated in an ingenious mix of cornflakes, slivered almonds and sesame seeds, then wrapped in a tortilla with a mango-jalapeño slaw and a spicy ancho "paint."

Easy Way Keep the crunch but omit the chile "paint," instead upping the amount of jalapeños in the slaw.

Plus: F&W's Chicken Cooking Guide

Mango Slaw

  1. 1/2 cup diced mango
  2. 2 large jalapeños, seeded and chopped
  3. 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  4. 2 tablespoons sugar
  5. 1 tablespoon water
  6. 1 small shallot, minced
  7. 1 cup mayonnaise
  8. 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  9. 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  10. 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  11. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  12. 7 cups shredded coleslaw mix

Chicken Cones

  1. 3 cups cornflakes
  2. 6 tablespoons slivered almonds
  3. 6 tablespoons sesame seeds
  4. 6 tablespoons sugar
  5. 1 1/2 tablespoons crushed red pepper
  6. 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  7. 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  8. 1/2 cup milk
  9. All-purpose flour, for dredging
  10. Six 5-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, sliced lengthwise 1 inch thick
  11. Vegetable oil, for frying
  12. Six 10-inch flour tortillas, warmed
  1. In a saucepan, combine the mango, jalapeños, vinegar, sugar, water and shallot. Cover and simmer until the mango is softened, 10 minutes.
  2. Transfer the mango mixture to a food processor and puree; scrape into a large bowl. Stir in the mayonnaise, cilantro, garlic and lime juice and season with salt and pepper. Add the coleslaw mix and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate.
  3. Wipe out the food processor. Add the cornflakes, almonds, sesame seeds, sugar, red pepper and salt and pulse until coarsely chopped. Transfer the mixture to a large, shallow bowl. In a second shallow bowl, whisk the eggs with the milk. Fill a third shallow bowl with flour. Dredge the chicken strips in the flour, shaking off any excess. Dip them in the eggs, then roll them in the cornflake mixture.
  4. Set a rack over a rimmed baking sheet. In a large skillet, heat 1/4 inch of oil. Working in batches, fry the chicken over moderately high heat, turning once, until golden brown, 6 minutes; transfer to the rack. Set the fried chicken on the tortillas and top with the mango slaw. Roll up and eat right away.

Suggested Pairing

Full-bodied, fruity Chardonnay.

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