Crispy Coconut Chicken Tenders
July 15, 2020
Hi everyone! I made these yesterday and have gotten so many DMs asking to share the recipe. These chicken tenders are a much healthier version of fried chicken…but don’t worry, your kids and your man will love them! Warning: you’re going to get a bit messy, and it does take a while since you have to go piece by piece. However, these tenders are worth it. I have been making them for quite some time and I think I’ve finally perfected them.
The KEY to getting these right:
USE A GRID OR PAN WITH HOLES. This is essential to get these to cook evenly without having to flip halfway. I’ve used a grid and grill pan (shown below) and both work great. Just make sure you spray it with coconut oil spray or use regular coconut oil.
SMALLER COCONUT FLAKES. I buy unsweetened Greenwise organic coconut flakes but they’re a tad too big. Putting the coconut flakes in the food processor makes them much smaller and allows them to stick to the chicken pieces easier. This makes for crispier tenders.
DON’T PUT ALL OF THE FLOUR AND COCONUT INTO THE BOWLS AT ONCE. Only add about half of the flour and the half of the coconut into the bowls. It keeps clumps from forming and helps everything stick to the chicken better. Once the flour and coconut flake bowls get low, add more.
- 4 chicken breasts
- 2 cups coconut flour
- 3 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups coconut flakes
- Coconut oil spray
- Preheat oven to 400 and spray grid or pan with coconut oil so the chicken doesn’t stick (regular coconut oil works fine, too.)
- Place coconut flakes in food processor and blend until pieces are tiny. Then place coconut flakes and spices (to taste) in a small bowl.
- Beat the eggs and place them into a small bowl, and place the flour into another bowl.
- Slice the chicken into think strips and put them aside on a plate.
- Dip chicken into flour (one piece at a time), fully coat!
- Follow with egg, make sure to shake off any excess egg.
- Finally dip the strip into the coconut and roll around to full coat.
- Place chicken on baking pan about 1/2 inch apart.
- Place chicken directly on oven rack, place separate baking sheet on the rack below to catch any crumbs.
- Bake for about 15 minutes, then broil for 3 minutes on a higher rack in the oven.
ENJOY! ♡ Be sure to tag me on Instagram to show me your yummy finished product!