Lady O's chef Art Smith has a knack for lightening up her favorite dishes -- including this Chicken Pistachio-Crusted Chicken with Coconut-Chili-Ginger Sauce. Check out the recipe below!
Coconut-Chili-Ginger Sauce Ingredients
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 shallots, minced
2 blades lemongrass, chopped
3 (1/2 inch) pieces fresh ginger, thinly sliced
1 cup sweet white wine
2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
2 tablespoons Chinese black bean chili sauce
1 (8 ounce) can coconut milk
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened and cut into pieces
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Pistachio-Crusted Chicken Ingredients
4 brined, boneless chicken breasts
1 quart buttermilk
1 pound salted pistachios, shelled and toasted
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
¼ cup fresh thyme
¼ cup chopped fresh rosemary
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
2 cups all-purpose flour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Grapeseed oil to taste
For the sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium-high head, add the tablespoon of butter, the shallots, lemongrass, ginger slices, and wine. Reduce to half. Add the broth, red curry paste, and Chinese black bean chili sauce and reduce to half again. Add the coconut milk and reduce to half a third time.
Remove from the heat and whisk the bits of butter into the sauce until all the butter has been incorporated. Season with salt and pepper.
NOTE: If you reheat, do not allow sauce to boil, or the butter will separate.
For the chicken: Remove the chicken from the brine and cut in half. With a meat mallet, pound until ¼ -inch thick and place in a nonreactive bowl. Pour the buttermilk over the chicken, cover, and let sit for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
In a food processor, place half of the pistachios, half of the Parmesan cheese, and half of the herbs. Pulse 5 or 6 times until the mixture is finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl. Repeat this step with the rest of the pistachios and combine with the other pistachio mixture. Preheat the over to 250 degrees.
Place the flour in another bowl and season it with salt and pepper. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and prepare for assembly. Preheat a large nonstick sauté pan over medium-low heat with a thin coating of grapeseed oil. Remove one breast, shake off any excess buttermilk, and dust the breast with flour on each side. Dip only one side of the chicken back in the buttermilk and press pistachios onto that side. Repeat that step with all of the chicken.
Place the chicken in the sauté pan, pistachio side down, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Turn and cook the other side for 2 to 3 minutes. Place in the over to finish cooking for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove, let rest for 5 minutes, and then slice to serve with the Coconut-Chile-Ginger sauce.