Coconut Chicken

Coconut Chicken that is actually good for you!  Baked -not fried - without being soggy.
I don’t know about you but I am obsessed with coconut shrimp.  Okay, I’m obsessed with coconut.  I mean how could I not be?  It’s my son’s nickname!  Shrimp is kind of pricey so I decided to switch the recipe over to chicken.  Part of me wants to try it with tofu too. Could be good, no?
I’m a huge advocate for clean eating.  I love that food can taste sinful and still be wholesome and good for you. 
  • 2 pound chicken tenderloins (or chicken breast sliced in half to reduce thickness , then cut into strips)
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut flakes, sweetened
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 egg, beaten 
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a medium skillet, melt coconut oil in low-medium heat.  Add coconut flakes, panko, cayenne, garlic salt, and onion powder to skillet and stir frequently until evenly browned and toasted – about 5 minutes.  I love this step because it gives the taste and look of fried coconut chicken even though it’s baked.

Place mixture into a bowl.  Also, put egg and coconut flour each in separate bowls.


Line baking sheet with foil and place cooling rack on top.  Spray cooling rack with coconut spray to prevent sticking.

Salt and pepper the chicken on both sides, then dredge completely in coconut flour.  Follow up by dipping it in the beaten egg and coating with coconut/panko mixture.

Lay coated chicken on rack and place in oven for 30 minutes or until done.

Dipping Sauce:

1/2 cup orange marmalade
2 tablespoon dijon mustard
2 tablespoon white wine vinegar

Mix all ingredients together.  I eyeballed the amounts so just play with the measurements to your satisfaction.

I decided to take pictures of some of the steps along the way.  Do you like the extra pictures or prefer a picture of only the end result?

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  • This looks so yummy! I love coconut, too! And clean eating 🙂

  • Yum…I will defiantly be tryng this and finding some Coconut Oil Spray.

  • What a great idea to switch to chicken! I will definitely be trying!

    xx Kelly

  • This sounds fantastic! Love coconut!

  • Looks yummy! Can you buy coconut flour at the regular grocery store? I’ve never looked before.

  • This looks absolutely amazing <3

  • This looks amazing!


  • This looks delicious! Coconut anything is my favorite! Love it.

  • This looks so good! I may attempt this next month. Where do you find the coconut spray? I haven’t seen it in the stores, but I also wasn’t looking. 🙂

  • I absolutely love coconut chicken! My husband makes it from time to time but wont share his recipe. Thanks for the yummy ingredients and steps! It’s no longer his little secret. : )

    Vonae Deyshawn

  • This looks SO YUMMY! I am going to have to try, but I think I’ll try with shrimp!!

  • I don’t usually have much luck with “oven-fried” dishes but this one looks too good not to try. Yum!

  • Can I tell you – I don’t even like chicken but this looks so delicious I might actually try and make it?!! Craziness!

  • Eva

    This is such an interesting recipe. It’s not something I would typically go for but it definitely looks delicious!

  • Sounds delicious and much healthier than the alternative! 🙂

  • Just pinned—this looks delicious!


  • That sounds delish!! Must try!

  • I had to pin this one! Looks yummmmy. And I like the pictures of the steps in between – helps to know what the steps should look like as you’re cooking!!

  • Ang

    oh my, these look so yummy!!! i adore coconut chicken! i pinned this for TONIGHT!