by Olena

Baked Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders

by Olena

5 from 4 reviews

Easy Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe with chicken breast breaded in coconut flakes and baked until crispy. Your kids will actually eat these!

Absolutely delicious and juicy baked coconut chicken tenders your kids will love! If you are sceptical about chicken + coconut combo please think of coconut shrimp. It tastes so good together! These are the chicken tenders you will feel good about feeding your family. I personally did not make chicken tenders often until now because we all know white breadcrumbs are lacking nutrition and/or are hard to find organic. Not the end of the world but…

These coconut chicken fingers are full of healthy fats, good calories and flavour. I think no matter what kind of chicken fingers you give your kids, they will love them. It’s one of those American “kid friendly” foods. Enjoy!

How to Turn Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders into a Freezer Meal

Freeze breaded but uncooked fingers on a baking sheet for a few hours, then transfer to a Ziplock bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Bake from frozen for extra 5 or so minutes in addition to baking time listed in the recipe. That’s it! Double or triple the recipe at a time and have a plan for a weeknight dinner when in a pinch.

Check out my full list of healthy freezer meals. I’m obsessed!

How to Make Baked Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line large baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Cut chicken breasts into 1 inch wide strips. Set aside. Easy Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe with chicken breast breaded in coconut flakes and baked until crispy. Your kids will actually eat these!
  2. In a shallow bowl, add egg and whisk with a fork. On a large plate, add coconut flakes, flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper; mix well with a fork. Easy Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe with chicken breast breaded in coconut flakes and baked until crispy. Your kids will actually eat these!
  3. Dip both sides of each chicken tender into an egg wash, then coat in coconut flakes mixture and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining meat. Easy Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe with chicken breast breaded in coconut flakes and baked until crispy. Your kids will actually eat these!Easy Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe with chicken breast breaded in coconut flakes and baked until crispy. Your kids will actually eat these!
  4. Spray chicken fingers with cooking spray and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Depending on the oven, you might have to flip tenders half way. Just keep an eye on it.Easy Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe with chicken breast breaded in coconut flakes and baked until crispy. Your kids will actually eat these!
  5. Coconut crusted chicken tenders are best served right away for maximum crispiness. Kids love these and they are healthy!!! Easy Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe with chicken breast breaded in coconut flakes and baked until crispy. Your kids will actually eat these!

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Baked Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders

5 from 4 reviews

Easy Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe with chicken breast breaded in coconut flakes and baked until crispy. Your kids will actually eat these!

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: North American
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Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs boneless & skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 egg, large
  • 2/3 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup any flour (I used whole wheat)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line large baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  2. Cut chicken breasts into 1 inch wide strips. Set aside.
  3. In a shallow bowl, add egg and whisk with a fork. On a large plate, add coconut flakes, flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper; mix well with a fork.
  4. Dip both sides of each chicken tender into an egg wash, then coat in coconut flakes mixture and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining meat.
  5. Spray chicken fingers with cooking spray and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Depending on the oven, you might have to flip tenders half way. Just keep an eye on it.
  6. Coconut crusted chicken tenders are best served right away for maximum crispiness. Kids love these and they are healthy!!!

Store: Refrigerate for up to 2 days although tenders loose their crispiness a bit.

Freezer Meal: Freeze coated but uncooked fingers on a baking sheet for a few hours, then transfer to a Ziplock bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Bake from frozen for extra 5 or so minutes in addition to baking time listed in the recipe.

Notes

I used 3 large chicken breasts.

I like to use kitchen scissors to cut chicken. Saves washing a board and a knife.

I highly recommend to double the recipe if serving more than 4 people or freeze for later!

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

 

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. made these for Sunday Family dinner (all adults). Will be added to the rotation as everyone loved them. Such a good flavour! I will be trying this with prawns/shrimp

  2. Loved the coconut crust – delicious! Perfect for preparing in advance and popping them in the oven during the week! Makes dinners so much easier.

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