Gluten-Free Coconut Shrimp & Chicken

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This is a great way to enjoy fried shrimp and chicken pieces without worrying about gluten. I promise you won’t even notice the difference! You will love the interesting pineapple salsa served alongside, but this is entirely optional.

Gluten-Free Coconut Shrimp & Chicken
Yield: Serves 4 as tapas

Gluten-Free Coconut Shrimp & Chicken

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This is a great gluten-free way to enjoy fried shrimp and chicken pieces with the tasty flavors of coconut and lime!


  • For the mustard pineapple ‘salsa’:
  • 3.5 oz fresh pineapple, diced small
  • ½ Tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lime
  • Pinch dried chili flakes
  • For the fried shrimp and chicken:
  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • ½ cup full-fat milk
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • Salt
  • 7 oz skinless, deboned chicken breasts
  • 7 oz peeled, raw large shrimp
  • Oil, for frying
  • 1 lime, to finish
  • Parsley or cilantro, chopped to garnish


1. Start with the salsa. Simply combine the chopped pineapple, wholegrain mustard, lime zest, and chili flakes. Set aside.

2. Toast the coconut flakes in a dry pan over moderate heat until lightly golden. Remove and set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the rice flour, milk, ginger, and salt. Set aside.

4. With the skinless, deboned chicken breasts, slice them into thinner, even-sized strips. This will ensure even cooking (aim for the same thickness of the prawns).

5. Add the thin chicken pieces and prawns to the thick batter mixture and stir well to
coat. Add the toasted coconut mixture and mix gently to coat.

6. Heat the oil (enough to deep-fry). Once very hot, add pieces of chicken and prawn to the hot oil and cook until they are golden and cooked through. I advise this is done in two-three batches so as not to over-crowd the pan. An overcrowded pan
of oil will lose heat and the pieces will not cook golden as they should. 

7. Season the crispy pieces with the pineapple salsa. Season with salt if needed and scatter over chopped parsley or cilantro.


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 430mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 24g

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