Baked Crispy Coconut Chicken

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Serves: 6

Baked Crispy Coconut Chicken

We love this delicious coconut chicken. Even our picky eaters devoured this chicken.

15 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Sweet and Spicy Apricot Dipping Sauce Recipe
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Dipping Sauce
  5. Combine the preserves, rice wine vinegar, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl until blended.

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27 Responses to “Baked Crispy Coconut Chicken”

  1. These look ridiculously scrumptious! I will definitely be making these for my husband!

    I would be absolutely THRILLED if you would stop over at my place and link this up to Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL?going on right now!:

    So looking forward to seeing you there!

    P.S. I tried to follow so I could keep up with you lovely blog, but the connection kept timing out. I'll try back soon : \

  2. Jaclyn
    Do you think this breading recipe would taste well on shrimp as well? I've been looking for a good coconut shrimp recipe and this looks divine! Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful recipes, gals! They have definitely saved me a time or two! :)
    • We think this would be really yummy with shrimp. Let us know how it turns out! You'll have to enter the new recipe you've created on It would be a big hit! Come by and check out our new sister blog!! -The Six Sisters

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