Macadamia Nut Chicken

posted on: Monday, January 18, 2010

  • 8 fillets of 4 ounce chicken breasts or thighs
  • 2 cups of Teryaki sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 2 cups of panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  1. Marinade chicken in Teryaki sauce in a large mixing bowl for at least 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350*
  3. Warm up oil in a frying pan.
  4. Whisk the eggs with the milk in a small bowl.
  5. Mix the panko and the chopped macademia nuts in a shallow plate.
  6. Place the flour on another  plate.
  7. Coat the chicken in flour then dip it in the milk and egg mixture and then put into the panko mixture.
  8. Deep fry each side for approximately 1 minute then place in the preheated oven for an additional 15 minutes so the inside will cook through.

I ate macadamia nut chicken for the first time in Hawaii. It was New Years eve 2008 and my friend Mariko made an elaborate dinner. I've been seriously craving this chicken ever since that first dinner but am way too cheap to buy macadamia nuts in California. This past vacation I brought some back from Hawaii. This recipe is a variation of her recipe. I didn't want to make my own marinade so I took the easy route of using the Teryaki that I already had. If Teryaki isn't your favorite you can experiment with all sorts of different marinades. The nutty flavor of the chopped macadamia with panko is what makes this chicken recipe so delicious. If deep frying freaks you out you can just bake it on a large pan with a bit of olive oil on the bottom and rotate after 10 minutes so both sides get crispy.



  1. Damaris, this looks fabulous! I think it could easily be made gluten free, too. :-)


  2. oh for sure. just don't use the flour or panko. substitute for cornmeal.
    let me know if you make it.

  3. Ditto GFE! Absolutely fabulous! I'm wondering if it would be as delicious baked...?

  4. MP-
    I haven't tried it baked but I'm sure it would be totally good. If you click on "Read More" you'll see the rest of the post where I write about baking methods.
    If you try it let me know.

  5. Thanks, Damaris, I didn't realize that I had missed so much by jumping to quickly!

    I do want to try this--I'll let you know what happens.

  6. looks delicious!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog-I'm lovin' yours. I'm following and can't wait to see what you will make next!

  7. This is such a flavorful recipe with only a few ingredients! Looks really delicious and healthy.

  8. I think it would be healthier if it were baked. That's my next atempt


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