Recently I was contacted by Kelapo Coconut Oil, asking if I would do a review.
I have to be honest…I’ve never even tried coconut oil. After a little research and this is what I found out:
-Although both coconut oil and olive oil are healthy fats, coconut oil has no trans fat or cholesterol.
-Coconut oil has a higher smoke point than olive oil, which is more ideal for cooking with higher temperatures.
-Coconut changes from a liquid to a solid below 76 degrees.
To melt – add the amount of oil you need to a small glass bowl, then place the bowl in a slightly larger one filled halfway with hot water. Stir until melted.
I wanted to make a savory dish to see how much of difference using coconut oil made.
Chicken Lettuce Wraps
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped into chunks
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 8 oz can water chestnuts
1 cup mushrooms, washed
1 1/2 cups chow mein noodles
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp teriyaki sauce
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp red pepper flakes
Iceburg lettuce leaves
Add to a food processor the water chestnuts and mushrooms. Pulse until chopped pretty fine. Not shredded – but tiny pieces.
Over medium-high heat, add the coconut oil. When hot, toss in the chicken. After about a minute, give it a good stir and reduce heat to medium-low. Toss every minute or two until almost done, about 5-7 minutes, then add ginger and vegetables. Cook for another 3 minutes, making sure the chicken is completely done.
To make the sauce, whisk together the soy sauce through red pepper flakes. Spoon a couple of tablespoons of the chicken mixture onto a lettuce leaf, then some of the sauce, chow mein noodles and finally, crushed peanuts.
Delicious. Cooking the chicken in coconut oil gave it just a teensy hint of sweetness – but not really sweet. It complimented the flavors very, very well. I also LOVED how the oil tolerated heat. Good stuff!
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