These Coconut Battered Chicken Tenders are baked to crispy perfection in the oven for just 25 minutes. Perfect for entertaining or a weeknight dinner, these crispy baked tenders pair perfectly with Thai Chili Sauce!
Baked Coconut Battered Chicken Tenders
Whether you’re entertaining a crowd or planning a weeknight meal for the family, this simple recipe for Baked Coconut Battered Chicken Tenders is a sure bet to impress your crowd. Tender, juicy chicken wrapped in a unique coconut crust for a simple and satisfying meal with a fancy twist. Baking the chicken instead of frying it makes this healthier classic a wise choice for any occasion. Paired with a zesty Thai Chili Sauce and a Diet Coke Twisted Mango (one of four new flavors), you’ve got a meal everyone is sure to love!
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 2 lb thin chicken tenders
- 1 cup flour
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- Sweet Thai chili sauce for dipping
- In a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, salt, and pepper. Place chicken tenders in the buttermilk mixture and set in fridge for 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350ºF and line two pans with aluminum foil.
- To prepare the dredge, place the flour in a shallow bowl, in a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, and in a medium bowl combine the panko and coconut.
- Dip each piece of chicken into the flour, then the egg, then the coconut mixture, and place on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the center of the chicken reaches 165ºF.
- Turn your oven to low broil and place each pan on the highest rack for 2-3 minutes. Keep a close eye on them until they reach your desired brownness before removing from oven.
- Serve warm with sweet Thai chili sauce.
Home Chef Tip: To reduce prep time, you can place the tenders in the freezer for 20 minutes instead of the refrigerator for 2 hours.
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