hot and crunchy chicken cones

Thursday, April 29, 2010

I found this recipe sitting at the chiropractor's office.  I like this chiropractor and not only because he gets Food & Wine magazine delivered to his office.  Anyway, when I saw the looks of this recipe, I had to try it.  It is listed as one of the best chicken recipes of 2010.  It's from The Mighty Cone in Austin, TX.  I'd call it a wrap, but maybe wraps are cones in Texas?  Anyway, give it a try.  Steve could not stop "Mmm-ing" through the meal, and I loooove to make my man, "Mmm."

The original recipe here.

And for your convenience, and to showcase the ones I made, here we go.


1/2 cup diced mango
2 large jalapenos (I completely skipped this part and was happy I did.)
2 T white wine vinegar
2 T sugar
1 T water
1 small shallot, minced
1 cup mayo
1/2 cup cilantro
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 T fresh lime juice
salt and pepper
7 cups shredded coleslaw mix (I used prepackaged kind.)

3 cups cornflakes
6 T slivered almonds
6 T sesame seeds
6 T sugar (I did 3-4ish)
1 1/2 T crushed red pepper
1 1/2 T kosher salt
4 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
all-purpose flour
6 boneless chicken breast halves, sliced lengthwise 1 inch thick
Vegetable oil for frying
6 10-inch tortillas

1. To Make Mango Slaw: In saucepan combine the mango, jalapenos (if desired), vinegar, sugar, water and shallot.  Cover and simmer until mango is softened, 10 minutes.
2. Transfer mango mixture to a food processor and puree.  Scrape into large bowl.  Stir in mayo, cilantro, garlic, and lime juice.  Season with s & p, add coleslaw mix, and toss to coat.  Cover and refrigerate.
3. To Make the Cones: Wipe out food processor.  Add cornflakes, almonds, sesame seeds, sugar, red pepper flakes, and salt, and pulse until coarsely chopped.  Transfer mixture to a large, shallow bowl.  In second shallow bowl, whisk eggs with milk.  Fill a third shallow bowl with flour.  Dredge chicken strips in flour, then egg, then roll in cornflake mixture.

4. In large skillet, heat 1/4 inch of oil (I used olive oil; recipe calls for vegetable oil).  Working in batches, fry chicken over moderately high heat, turning once, until golden brown, 6 minutes; transfer to rack in warmed oven (the frying part was the most time-consuming).  Set fried chicken on tortillas and top with mango slaw.  Roll up and eat right away.

Voila!  The final product.  The slaw, in my opinion, really makes it.  It has a sweetness to it because of the mango puree but cilantro, oh cilantro, makes it completely delicious.  The chicken by itself has a bite to it from the red pepper flakes so if you don't like any spice at all, maybe half the red pepper flakes.

Make it.  You won't regret it.


  1. OMG yum! Thanks for posting, this looks so great!


  2. Looks very yummy! I may try to make these vegetarian style with either tofu or faux-chicken.
    It always makes you feel good when you know your family is thinking "Man, I hope she makes that again soon!"

  3. You go girl! This dish looks delicious. I'm always hesitant about trying new chicken dishes. I'm definitely making this one tomorrow night. Thank you!

  4. I bought the ingredients for this yesterday (after you first posted about it). It sounds divine!

  5. i'm doing it. great pictures bridge. looks delicious.

  6. How can I NOT try this? look at those happy faces!! ;)

  7. lovely!
    I am going to vegetarian-ize this recipe ASAP :) Thanks so much for sharing!!

  8. this looks SO GOOD. yum! when can i come for dinner? ;)

  9. It looks great! I made those too yummy!
    (yum pictures)..What a happy family!

  10. i'm so HUNGRY now. these look totally delish! can't wait to try these :)

  11. I'm going to try out this out next week. I also just finished reading your how you and your husband met. What a beautiful story. I started tearing up while reading part 3. I'm such a hopeless romantic! :P

  12. Yummo! I am going to make these soon. I will give you street cred on my blog. Or blaaaghhhhh as you call it. :)

  13. Looks amazing! Maybe I will get my hubby to make it:)

  14. Oh my gosh! You fry chicken so well. Can you teach me!?

  15. Yumm! I love the "thumbs up" pic...too funny!

    You know that your life is crazy busy when you don't mind waiting in the doctors office because it gives you the chance to catch up on some mag reading :)

  16. yum that sounds so good! And the slaw is my favorite part :)

  17. Girl, great pick!! Wish I had made that for dinner instead! I'm printing it off as I type... hope ya don't mind :-)

  18. It definitely was deelish.

  19. Oh my gosh, that looks amazing.

  20. hm... this sounds delicious too!!
    i´m gonna try this with tofusticks and my easy homemade vegan mayo!

    (and for now i should stop looking at food online..)



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