Macuto Chicken (Pollo de Macuto)

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2largeboneless chicken breasts (halved and skinned)
2 ripe but firm bananas
1teaspoonangostura bitters
4ouncecooked ham (thinly sliced)
1⁄2cupall-purpose flour
3 eggs (lightly beaten)
1cupcoconut (freshly grated)
  sufficient oil for deep frying
  sweet and sour sauce


Lay each chicken breast half between waxed paper and flatten out with a mallet until approximately 1/4 inch thick. Season chicken with a portion of the salt and pepper. Peel, cup bananas in half or into pieces that are approximately the length of the breasts. Sprinkle bitters on sliced ham and wrap around bananas.

Place ham wrapped bananas on each breast. Roll tightly to enclose filling completely. Secure with toothpicks. (Chicken rolls maybe tightly encased in foil and refrigerated up to 24 hours at this point). Dredge breasts in flour, dip into beaten eggs, then roll in coconut. Deep Fry each chicken roll 5 to 7 minutes at 375°F, until golden brown and cooked through. Drain, remove toothpicks, and serve with Sweet and Sour Sauce.

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