Crispy Coconut Chicken

Sometimes meat can taste savory and sometimes it can be on the sweeter side. This Crispy coconut chicken is on the sweeter side and a delicious change to our usual dinner routine. The crispy outside provides a wonderful texture and crunch to each bite.

We paired it with a Pina Colada Dipping Sauce to complete the tropical flavor. It was a wonderful flavor addition. You can choose to dip it in whatever you would like.

If you need an easy meal that is simple to make and the family will enjoy, give this one a try!

Crispy Coconut Chicken with Pina Colada Dipping sauce from …This is an easy meal with a delicious tropical flavor!

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Crispy Coconut Chicken
This is an easy meal with a delicious tropical flavor!
Recipe type: Dinner
  • 12 boneless skinless chicken tenders
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons hot sauce (I like Franks)
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
Chicken Coating
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Pina Colada Dipping Sauce
  • ½ cup crushed pineapple (drained well)
  • ¼ cup pina colada non alcoholic drink mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  1. Combine ingredients for Marinade and pour into a ziplock bag. Place the 12 chicken tender in the ziplock bag, place in the fridge and marinate for at least 4 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  3. Combine Chicken Coating ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Remove chicken from bag and roll each strip in the coconut mixture and place on a foil lined cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes until the juices run clear.
  6. To make the pina colada dipping sauce, combine crushed pineapple, pina colada drink mix and sour cream in a small bowl. Dip crispy coconut chicken in sauce.

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  1. Matt Robinson

    This needs to happen here soon, it looks incredible. Love the flavors!!!

  2. Heather @ Shards of Lavender

    Yum! Love that you included a dipping sauce to accentuate the tropical flavors in the chicken. Will definitely be making these for the family!

  3. Dusti

    This sounds awesome!! I'd like to make it for Sunday dinner, but I'm trying to think of something to make with it that would pair nicely - any suggestions?

  4. Krista Dial

    YUM. These sound amazing! There is a local restaurant here in Nashville that does coconut shrimp with a pina colada dipping sauce...I'm glad to find a way to make this on my own now! :)

  5. Liz

    Nice recipe. Thanks very much.

  6. Jennie

    Looks great! were your coconut flakes sweetened?

    1. Chef in Training

      yes they were :)

  7. Marla

    Love your recipes! I'm trying this one soon. What would you serve with it?

    1. Daphne


      Going to make this for the second time. I've paired it with coconut flavored rice (using th rest of the cocnut milk this way) and edamame. Comes out great. Thanks for the recipe!