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Coconut Chicken Tenders

Let's all indulge the kid in us, and get down on these ultra crispy, completely irresistible Baked Coconut Chicken Tenders. We coat tender chicken in a light coconut and panko breading, bake them on a screaming hot baking sheet and then serve them with a quick warm mango salsa and a hot honey drizzle. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken tenders, chicken fingers, baked chicken tenders, coconut chicken tenders
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 tenders
Calories 215 kcal
Author Nicole

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut
  • 1 1/4 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 large eggs + 1 tbsp water
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter cut into quarters
  • hot honey or regular honey for drizzling
  • chopped peanuts for garnish

Warm Mango Salsa

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 jalapeno, finely diced (leave stems and seeds if you want extra spice or use a whole jalapeno)
  • 2 tbsp minced or finely diced onion
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup diced mango
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place a medium to large baking sheet in the oven to heat while the oven preheats. You want space between each chicken tender, but you also don't want them to be too far apart so the butter can reach each piece of chicken.

  2. Season chicken tenders with a little bit of salt and pepper on both sides.

  3. Add panko, coconut, and 3/4 teaspoon salt to a shallow bowl or plate. Mix to combine.

  4. Add flour and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt to another shallow bowl or plate. Mix to combine.

  5. Add egg and water to a medium bowl. Whisk to combine.

  6. Dredge the chicken tender in the flour. Pat off excess. Dredge in egg. Coat in panko and coconut mixture. Make sure to press the breading in to the chicken. Repeat with remaining chicken tenders.

  7. When all the tenders are coated, spray both sides generously with olive oil spray. Carefully take the hot pan out of the oven and drop the butter pieces on. Tilt the pan to coat the bottom evenly. Lay the chicken tenders on the baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake 15 minutes. Pull them out, flip over and bake another 5-7 minutes until crisp and brown. Drizzle with honey, sprinkle with peanuts and serve with mango salsa.

  8. While chicken cooks, make the salsa. Heat a small saute pan to a medium heat. Add pepper, onion, and jalapeno. Saute about 3-4 minutes until the veggies have softened. Add garlic. Cook for 1 minute. Add the mango, vinegar, honey, and water. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer until thick and the mango is soft, about 5-6 minutes. Cool slightly before serving. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with chopped cilantro if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Coconut Chicken Tenders
Amount Per Serving (1 chicken tender)
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 597mg26%
Potassium 285mg8%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 94IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.