Baked Coconut Chicken Tenders with Apricot-Mustard Sauce

Coconut Chicken Tenders with Apricot-Mustard Sauce | Very Culinary

by Amy Flanigan on August 28, 2013 · 13 comments

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Fast food is so easy. I get it. Who wants to cook after troubleshooting at the office or raising children all day long. By the time five o’clock rolls around, the idea of standing one extra minute to put dinner on the table is enough to make some of us cry. Even people like me, who find happiness in chopping parsley and using my whisk. Even people like me enjoy being served. Or going through a drive-thru. 

I’m not against fast food. Some I like more than I care to admit. And I absolutely believe everything in moderation – a giant milkshake or deep fried brownie every once in a while ain’t going to kill ya! But, I always feel so gross after I eat a burger and fries that’s 3x bigger than anyone my size should consume. And the idea of where those ingredients come from? *shudders* I think it’s really important to make smart food choices, and cook fresh as much as possible. For the family, and the body.

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I get so excited when I make something that was probably meant to be fried, but got baked instead…and turned out delicious! These Coconut Chicken Tenders were a big, big hit with us.

Coconut Chicken Tenders with Apricot-Mustard Sauce | Very Culinary

Moist chicken, surrounded by a crispy sweet coconut shell, and then dipped into a tangy sauce. No, it’s not as fast as calling your favorite delivery service, but surely you can handle 15 minutes of prep for a meal that you know is natural. Or you can even prep these ahead of time, freeze them, and then they’re good to go when needed. Win!

If you have the energy and time to serve them with a side, I recommend my Baked Barbecue Onion Rings – another typical fried recipe where the baked version is awesome.

Baked Coconut Chicken Tenders with Apricot-Mustard Sauce
Serves 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes

• 1 egg
• splash milk
• 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
• 1/2 cup all purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
• 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders
• 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
• 1/4 cup apricot preserves
• 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg and milk. In a large shallow bowl, mix together the coconut, flour, garlic powered, salt and pepper.

Dip each chicken tender in the beaten egg, then coat with the coconut mixture. Place on the baking sheet. After all chicken pieces are coated and on the baking sheet, drizzle them with the melted butter. Bake 35-40 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking time.

While chicken cooks, prepare the apricot sauce by mixing the preserves with the mustard in a small bowl. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Make ahead: bake the chicken, then let cool completely. Freeze in a freezer bag for up to 1 month. Reheat by baking in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.

(slightly adapted from Seeded at the Table)

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Mom October 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Made this tonight and am on a roll with your chicken recipes. Unfortunately, I missed the part about baking, so we ended up eating quite late. I think I could have removed from the oven after 35 min. and will do that next time (can’t wait to make this again). The apricot-mustard sauce was excellent.


Amy @Very Culinary October 2, 2013 at 5:53 am

Yes, you can’t pass on the sauce – it’s what takes the dish from 10 to 11. I loved how it paired with the coconut. I need to make this again!


Cookin Canuck September 8, 2013 at 8:29 am

How perfect that these chicken tenders are baked, not fried. I’d love to serve these to my kids.

And it’s great to know about this company and their practices…I’ll be on the watch for their products at the store.


Jen @ Savory Simple September 3, 2013 at 5:43 am

I love coconut shrimp so this immediately caught my eye! What a fabulous dish- the sauce sounds perfect for coconut chicken.


Maria G. August 29, 2013 at 1:45 pm

So unusual dish! I like the combination of sweet and salty flavors as well as my family does. I`ve never thought that coconut flakes can be combined with chicken! It seems to be very interesting to try to cook this simple and unique dish!


Jen August 29, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Ok, ok, I know I’m supposed to comment on the recipe, but DEEP FRIED BROWNIES?! Where does one find those?! I will be making these because Jay has this ongoing love affair with coconut, and they look super yummy and easy.


Mom August 29, 2013 at 11:10 am

These look delicious and can’t wait to try.


Joanne August 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm

It’s always such a good feeling to know that you’re putting something into your body that both tastes good and is good for you. WIN on the chicken!


Nikki @Seeded at the Table August 28, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Yay! One of our favorite meals, and glad you enjoyed it, too! :)


Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain August 28, 2013 at 10:44 am

Mmmm…I love coconut chicken!! And this dipping sauce, forget about it!


Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen August 28, 2013 at 9:05 am

I love anything with coconut, and I’m totally digging this dipping sauce. Such a great weeknight dinner.


Nik@ABrownTable August 28, 2013 at 8:06 am

This sounds and looks pretty darn delicious!


carrian August 28, 2013 at 6:54 am

yay for the apricot mustard sauce! That is awesome!


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