Photo: Con Poulos; Styling: Deborah Williams
Prep Time
19 Mins
Cook Time
30 Mins
Marinate Time
1 Hour
Makes 6 servings

One of Hawaii's most beloved chefs, Sam Choy of Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch & Crab and Big Aloha Brewery in Honolulu, combines fresh pineapple and papaya for a sticky-sweet sauce that accompanies this flavorful chicken.

How to Make It

Step 1

Whisk together first 5 ingredients and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a bowl. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper, and place in a large heavy-duty zip-top plastic freezer bag. Pour marinade over chicken; seal bag, turning to coat chicken. Chill 1 hour, turning occasionally.

Step 2

Combine macadamia nuts and panko in a shallow dish. Place flour in a separate shallow dish; place eggs in another shallow dish.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 400°. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade. Dredge chicken in flour, and dip in eggs, shaking off excess. Dredge in crumb mixture.

Step 4

Heat 2 tablespoons oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat until butter melts. Cook 3 chicken breasts over medium heat 4 minutes; turn and cook 3 minutes or until golden. Transfer chicken to a lightly greased jellyroll pan. Repeat procedure with remaining 2 tablespoons oil and 1 tablespoon butter.

Step 5

Bake at 400° for 17 minutes or until chicken is done. Serve with Papaya-Pineapple Relish.

Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch & Crab and Big Aloha Brewery, Honolulu, Hawaii

Ratings & Reviews

rutty326's Review

May 15, 2014

JessicaJJM's Review

July 12, 2013
Amazing combo of flavors! Yum!

dodroe's Review

November 29, 2012

Aaron88's Review

June 12, 2012
Loved this recipe, and will add it to my "Best macadamia Nut Recipes" blog over at Squidoo! I Used fresh Hawaii macadamia nuts for this recipe. I get mine from In my opinion, Hawaii produces the best Mac Nuts!

trishgrant4's Review

July 09, 2011
Wow! This was a summer treat. The relish makes the dish!!!!!!! I did not and would not change a thing.

Gordonfam's Review

August 09, 2010
Delicious! A hit with everyone. This will become one of our frequent meals.

AmberLynn27's Review

March 22, 2010
I thought this recipe was delicous. I will absolutly make it again. I loved it with the papaya-Pineapple relish. I actually called my Aunt over to try it because i needed proof i made something that yummy..

1recipefromlura's Review

February 04, 2010
This is a great tender chicken. Family and guests loved it! Medium flame on my stove was a little too hot and it browned the chicken too fast....better when I turned down to Medium low.