Coffee crusted chicken

An inviting second course

Nowadays everyone knows the coffee and most people use it. Coffee has been part of the culinary tradition of various countries for centuries. 

Nannini Dolci e Caffè - Ground coffee

Il coffee it finds its origins in the Middle East and there are various stories about its discovery.

One of these stories features an Arab named Omar, who was known for his ability to heal the sick through prayer. He was exiled to a cave, near which some coffee plants grew, thus succeeding in obtaining the famous drink, which allowed Omar to remain without food for days.

Il coffee is an ingredient with many nutritional and beneficial properties which is now an integral part of Italian culture. When we think of coffee, we usually imagine the cup boiling, but it can also be used in other ways, for example in powder or beans, to enrich our recipes and give them a more particular and refined flavor.

Coffee and above all one of its components, caffeine, help maintain concentration and mood, help breathing and have the ability to burn fat reserves. These are just some of the beneficial effects that this ingredient has.

Using coffee in savory recipes is never easy, the doses of this ingredient must be of the right amount and it is usually accompanied with spices that help enhance the flavor. It takes a bit of practice to get to use coffee in our recipes with a certain skill, but trying new things is always a way to enrich yourself and have new experiences, even in the kitchen.

Among the various savory recipes that can be cooked using ground coffee, we find the recipe for coffee crusted chicken. This recipe may be unusual to many, but it is a different way to treat coffee and enhance its flavor. Let's see how coffee crusted chicken is prepared.

Ingredients

To make this delicious recipe with coffee we need to get the following ingredients:

  • chicken breast (about 300 g)
  • 3 teaspoons of powder coffee
  • 3 teaspoons of raw cane sugar
  • 5-6 juniper berries
  • pink pepper
  • salt (just enough)
  • mixed pepper (just enough)
  • oil
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary

Method

After having obtained all the ingredients for the recipe, the first thing to do to make the coffee crusted chicken is to chop the sprigs of rosemary together with the juniper berries, and then mix them with the coffee powder, sugar and other spices.

Chicken in coffee crust - Nannini Dolci e Caffè

Then you have to grease the chicken breast with oil, then pass it in the coffee mixed with the spices, so as to create a covering over the whole piece of meat.

Then we have to season the chicken, adding salt and pepper as needed.

Now you have to put some baking paper in a baking tray, which is then greased with a little oil, so that the chicken does not stick.

Then put the chicken in the pan and pour a little more oil over it, before putting it in the oven for about 30 minutes at a temperature of 180 °.

Once the coffee-crusted chicken is cooked, we take it out of the oven and sprinkle it with pink pepper.

Now the coffee crusted chicken it is ready to be sliced ​​and served on your table.

For an extra touch

To savor this dish more, we recommend accompanying it with a good glass of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG (red wines) o Chianti Classico.