Breadfruit (Mapén or Panapén or Pána) is a round starchy vegetable, green on the outside and white inside. The stem runs deep into the fruit and when cut in half, you must core and throw the stem away. Mapén grows in large beautiful trees in the Caribbean. Like potatoes, they can be boiled, fried and roasted. Unfortunately, it is not available yearlong, only seasonal. Today, I was lucky to find one at Wegman’s and decided to deep fry it just like French fries; except that this veggie is way better.
Approximate Prep and Cooking Time: 40 Minutes
Approximate Cost: $8.35 or $2.09 per serving
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2 large chicken breasts cut in cubes ($3.20)
1 Mapen, peeled, cored and cut in cubes ($2.00)
¼ cup olive or canola oil to cook the Mapen fries (.45)
Salted water to taste to dip the Mapén before a second fried. (.15)
1 tbsp. Angie’s Dried Seasonings (or your favorite seasoning) (.25)
1 tbsp. Angie’s Basting Oil (.30)
2 avocados ($2.00)
Clean the chicken, cut in cubes and season it with Angie’s Dried Seasonings (or your favorite seasoning) and Angie’s Basting Oil (or olive oil), refrigerate.
Peel the breadfruit, cut in half, core the center, cut into wedges and then cut the wedges into 2” pieces.
Heat your oil and carefully, fry the small pieces until lightly golden on both sides.
Remove from oil, place in a paper towel-covered bowl to absorb any extra oil. When all done, take few at a time, smash them flat, dip them briefly into salted water, pat them dry with paper towel and fry them again for a second time until crispy and golden.
Remove from oil, place over paper towel and sprinkle with salt to taste.
In a skillet or wok, sauté the chicken pieces until cooked and tender. (The small size help them to cook fast)
Only thing left to do is slice the 2 avocados in half, place each half in the serving plates and just add the chicken and breadfruit. Done!
Angie’s Dry Seasonings: http://www.angieslifehacks.com/family-life/oven-roasted-bacon-chicken-and-angies-seasonings
Angie’s Basting Oil: www.angieslifehacks.com/cuisine/the-flavor-series-recipe-2-angies-basting-olive-oil
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