Join us on Facebook and Twitter for our latest recipes and projects!We eat a lot of chicken around here so I thought this would be a delicious addition to our usual menu. It was so easy to throw together and my family devoured it! My husband said it tasted like it was from a restaurant! The dipping sauce is divine!
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Roughly chop the coconut so it's about the same size as the Panko pieces. Combine it with Panko and spices in a shallow dish. Mix well to distribute all of the spices. Place the flour in another shallow dish, and the eggs in another. Give the eggs a quick beating. Working with one chicken tender at a time, dredge in flour and then dip in egg, and then finally coat in the coconut Panko mixture. Press in with your fingers to make sure the entire thing is well coated.
Place chicken tenders on a foil-lined baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. I give mine a teeny drizzle of olive oil on top to help them crisp nicely.
Bake in your 450 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until juices run clear. Try not to overcook them because chicken tenders go from perfect to overcooked really fast! If your tenders are on the small side, they could even be done in about 15 minutes so keep an eye on them. If they're big they can take more like 25. The coconut will be nice and golden and the Panko crisp, but light in color still.
Combine the preserves, rice wine vinegar, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl until blended.