Crispy Coconut Chicken with Spicy Honey Orange Sauce

Serves: 4

Crispy, flavorful, and simple coconut chicken using convenient pantry ingredients to make one memorable meal everyone will love.

Dovetailing tip: When baking the chicken, leave a space on one side of the baking pan to add 2 extra large chicken breasts or enough tenders to make 2 cups cooked chicken, sliced so they are about the same size as your Coconut Chicken. Don't season, but cook alongside. Set aside to cool. Chop and store for Meal 3, Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta.

Yield: serves 4
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1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts or tenders
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (or all-purpose)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 large eggs
1/4 cup coconut oil
chopped cilantro or parsley, for garnish
1/2 cup orange preserves/marmalade
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons dijon mustard
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
salt, to taste


If using chicken breasts, pound down and cut into strips. If using boneless, skinless chicken tenders - cut in half lengthwise. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside. Pulse the shredded coconut in a food processor or blender to break it down into smaller pieces. Alternatively, you can chop it up. Mix it with the Panko in a medium bowl. Set aside. In a second medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and pepper together. In a third bowl, whisk the eggs together. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat each chicken strip in flour, shaking off any excess. Then, dip in egg and let any excess drip off. Then generously roll in the coconut mixture, shaking off any excess. Add more Panko to the dish if you are running low. Fry 4-6 chicken strips at a time in the coconut oil-- only about 2 minutes per side until the crust is golden brown. Once each is done, place strips onto prepared baking pan. Bake for 6-10 minutes or until chicken is completely baked through. Make the sauce: Whisk all of the sauce ingredients together except for the salt. Taste. Add salt as needed. Serve chicken warm with the dipping sauce. Add an optional garnish like a little chopped cilantro or parsley. Store any leftover chicken in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in a 350°F (177°C) oven for 10 minutes or until warmed through. Make ahead tip: Baked coconut chicken freezes well up to 2-3 months. Bake frozen chicken in a 350°F (177°C) oven for 20 minutes or until warmed through.


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