Coconut Chicken Tenders Recipe
Thai cuisine is famous when it comes to the combination of chicken and coconut dishes; here this recipe explains a way to use both in a delicious treat; this baked version of coconut chicken is particularly healthy and can be served as a snack/appetizer or as a main meal with some side dishes.
- Servings: 2-3
- Preparation time: 15 minutes
- Cooking time: 20 minutes
- 2 boneless and chicken breasts
- ¾ cup of Panko bread crumbs
- ½ teaspoon freshly Ground black Pepper
- Salt to taste
- cooking spray
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¾ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- ½ teaspoon lime zest (optional)
- 1 large egg
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with non stick cooking spray.
Rinse chicken breasts with water; pat dry with paper towels. Trim off the visible fat and cut lengthwise into 1 inch strips or thinly like tenders; Sprinkle a generous amount of salt and pepper over the strips.
Crack 1 large egg in a shallow bowl; whisk for 30 seconds till frothy.
Add ¾ cup of Panko bread crumbs to a large bowl along with ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, ¾ cup shredded unsweetened coconut and ½ teaspoon lime zest if you are using; combine all the ingredients well.
Working with one at a time, dip chicken strips in the egg mixture; let excess drip off the chicken;
Then dredge each strip in coconut mixture. Lightly press the mixture into it using back side of a wooden spatula and make sure to coat on all sides; repeat the process for remaining pieces.
Arrange the coconut coated chicken strips on prepared baking sheet in a single layer; bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes until chicken cooks completely.
Take the tray out of the oven when it’s done; transfer to a serving platter; garnish with some more shredded coconut if you like; serve tasty chicken tenders hot with your favorite dipping sauce.
Notes & Tips:
- To simplify the process use pre-made chicken tenders.
- Baking time varies according to the thickness of the chicken.
- Plain bread crumbs can be used as a substitute for the pankos.
- If bread crumbs doesn’t stick to the chicken, use food processor to smooth it out a bit.
- Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of melted butter over chicken strips before baking to keep it moist.