Main Dish | April 19, 2019

Coconut Chicken Tenders

Tender chicken tenders, covered in sweet coconut, and baked to a crips.  Add honey mustard dipping sauce to these Coconut Chicken Tenders, and a squeeze of lime for a bite of the islands in a 30 minute dinner.

This post was sponsored by iHerb.  All opinions are my own.

Coconut chicken tenders on a baking sheet, with a side of honey mustard dipping sauce.

The Grocery List

Let’s talk about what you need to make this delightful dish.  I purchased many of my ingredients from iHerb.  iHerb is an online market for natural products.  They have an ENORMOUS selection of products ranging from grocery, to personal care, to pets.  I love that many products that I enjoy are at my fingertips in one place. iHerb guarantees that you will receive the best overall value in the world for over 30,000 natural products. For this recipe I used iHerb to pick up:

  • coconut flour
  • finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • dried cilantro
  • smoked paprika
  • canola mayo
  • raw honey
  • honey mustard

And for the fresh ingredients I used:

  • eggs
  • chicken tenders

Coconut chicken tenders on a baking sheet, with a side of honey mustard dipping sauce.

iHerb

When it comes to iHerb, I love that orders are shipped from climate-controlled distribution centers, which gives peace of mind to the quality of their products.  They also have wonderful customer service that is available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week in 10 different languages.  iHerb is your one stop shop for locations all over the world.

Coconut Chicken Tender Ingredients,

How Do You Make Coconut Chicken Tenders?

The Batter

First, things first, let’s chat about the batter.  We are going to use a three-step breading process.  This makes for a delicious, moist, and crispy coating on our chicken tenders.  For two the the three steps I used ingredients from iHerb.  I really love that I can get quality ingredients that are often hard to find at a brick and mortar store.  The finely shredded coconut is PERFECTION in this recipe.  It crisps up and adheres so much better than a thicker shred.

I would 100% recommend checking out iHerb for these ingredients!  They will absolutely improve the outcome of these Coconut Chicken Tenders.

  1. Place ingredients in shallow bowls.
  2. Your bowls should contain the following:
    1. coconut flour
    2. eggs
    3. finely shredded coconut
  3. Beat eggs until well combined, add paprika and cilantro to the coconut and stir to combine.

Coconut Chicken Tenders Batter

Three-Step Breading

Let me show you how to bread these tenders to perfection.

  1. Skewer your chicken tenders.  This step isn’t necessary, but it adds a fun touch to your dinner.
  2. Coat chicken completely in coconut flour. Not only will coconut flour give us the flavor we are going for in this recipe – it also has many health benefits.  Coconut flour is naturally lower in carbohydrates than wheat flour, it contains fiber & protein, and it is also gluten free. I am so impressed with the quality of this coconut flour I picked up at iHerb.  I love that it comes in a zipper bag for easy storing.
  3. Dip coated chicken in egg. This is the messier part of the process – completely coat your tender in your beaten eggs.  This will provide a sticky coating for our yummy coconut topping.
  4. Coat in Coconut Mixture.  The icing on the cake!  Make sure entire chicken tender is covered in your coconut topping.
  5. Transfer to a wire baking rack.  Whether you’ll be air frying, like I did here, or baking -you’ll want to use a wire baking rack so that all side of the chicken tender crisp up.
  6. Bake! I used the airfryer.  It made for perfectly crispy chicken tenders!

Coconut chicken tender three step breading process.

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Every chicken tender needs a dipper.  Right? This creamy honey mustard dipping sauce is the perfect mate for your crispy coconut chicken tenders.  I also got my ingredients for this at iHerb.  I used:

  • coconut mayo
  • raw honey
  • dijon mustard

If you’re interested in purchasing some items from iHerb, which I completely recommend, New Customers will get a discount off their iHerb order.

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce Ingredients.

Making Creamy Honey Mustard Sauce

  1. Combine canola may, honey, and dijon mustard in a small bowl.
  2. Stir until well combined.

honey mustard sauce being made.

Coconut Chicken Tenders Q&A

What are Chicken Tenders made from?

Chicken tenders are strips of white meat are located on either side of the breastbone of the chicken.

How Long Do You Cook Chicken Tenders?

For oven: Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  Internal temperature should be 165 degrees.  For air fryer – cook at 375 for about 15 minutes.  Internal temperature should be 165 degrees.

Can I Make Coconut Chicken Ahead?

Yes! Prep chicken and refrigerate up to 3 days before baking.

Coconut chicken tenders on a baking sheet, with a side of honey mustard dipping sauce.

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Coconut Chicken Tenders
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Tender chicken tenders, covered in sweet coconut, and baked to a crips.  Add honey mustard dipping sauce to these Coconut Chicken Tenders, and a squeeze of lime for a bite of the islands in a 30 minute dinner.

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut chicken, coconut chicken strips, coconut chicken tenders
Servings: 4
Calories: 448 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
Coconut Chicken Tenders
Creamy Honey Mustard Sauce
Instructions
Coconut Chicken Tenders
  1. Season tenders with salt and pepper.

  2. In a shallow bowl place coconut flour.

  3. In a second shallow bowl place slightly beaten eggs

  4. In a third shallow bowl place shredded coconut, paprika, and dried cilantro.  Stir to combine.

  5. Skewer each tender and then coat in coconut flour.

  6. Dip in egg, so entire tender is coated with egg.

  7. Cover completely with coconut mixture.

  8. Transfer to a wire baking rack.

  9. If cooking in the air fryer - bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes, until golden, and internal temperature is 165 degrees.

  10. If cooking in oven - transfer baking rack to a sheet pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, or until golden brown and internet temperature is 165 degrees.

  11. Serve hot with lime wedges and honey mustard dipping sauce.

Creamy Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
  1. Combine mayo, honey, and mustard in a small bowl.  

  2. Stir until will combined.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional info does not reflect dipping sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Coconut Chicken Tenders
Amount Per Serving (2 tenders)
Calories 448 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 186mg62%
Sodium 818mg36%
Potassium 601mg17%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 15g63%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 1095IU22%
Vitamin C 4.1mg5%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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