Recipe 5: Spicy Coconut Baked Chicken Tenders

Posted on Jan 19 2013 - 4:02am by Markell

So I got the idea for this recipe from Our Best Bites. I really love their cook book. A lot of the recipes seem like they are going to be hard, but end up being super easy. Anyway, in their cookbook, there is a recipe called Coconut Chicken Fingers. I modified that a little to make these. These were easy and quick and they taste awesome. They took less than 30 minutes to make and then they cooked for 20. My husband is always trying to get me to deep fry breaded chicken, something I am not a huge fan of (mostly because I ALWAYS get burned). These are a good alternative and I don’t have to deal with the hot oil.

Here are your ingredients: (this makes about 12 chicken tenders)
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
2 teaspoons garlic salt
3/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon dried onions
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 cup flour
3 eggs
12 chicken tenders (*I have done similar recipes with chicken breasts too. Just cut them into strips and make sure they are thin enough that they will cook all the way through)

So your first step is to put foil on a pan and spray it with some kind of non stick spray. Set it aside, but keep it some what handy. Preheat your oven to 450 F.

Breading mixture (before it was actually mixed)

Next, mix the coconut flakes, bread crumbs, and spices in a shallow dish. The cook book suggests chopping the coconut to be the same size as the bread crumbs but… I didn’t. And it was fine.

 Put the flour in a second dish and the eggs in a third one. Whisk the eggs.

Take your chicken tenders and place them in the flour. Cover each side with flour. Then, put them in the egg dish. After you cover them in the eggs, put them in the breading mixture and roll them around making sure they are covered in that. Lay them flat on your baking sheet.

In order to make them more crunchy, I drizzled them in olive oil as the book suggested.

I stuck them in the oven for 15 minutes. My chicken tenders were pretty small, so they were done at 15, if yours are big it might take longer. They should be golden brownish when they are finished.

These are amazing dipped in honey. My husband and I ate almost all of them by ourselves.

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5 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Bobby Sue January 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    I have wanted to try this recipe for ages! I love that you are doing a cooking blog! So much fun to see what you are trying.

    • Mom in the Making January 21, 2013 at 4:11 pm - Reply

      You should try it! It was easy and yummy. And thanks! I’ve really enjoyed it so far. I’m excited to get better at cooking and to write down some favorite family recipes.

    • Bobby Sue January 27, 2013 at 11:32 am - Reply

      My kids loved them! I couldn’t believe how sweet they were. So making these again.

    • A Mouse In My Kitchen January 28, 2013 at 1:08 am - Reply

      I’m so glad you liked them. Did you dip them in anything? We used honey as a dip.

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