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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.
NatureRaised Farms® chicken products are authentic and a well-balanced choice for families. Mine and yours. NatureRaised Foods works with dedicated family farmers and producers. They are transparent about their farming methods and even bring in independent agencies to certify the welfare of the animals, so you can feel confident about their commitment to great food.
All of their products meet strict standards: their chickens are raised cage-free, 100% all natural, no antibiotics, are fed a non-animal protein diet and no by-products, and no added hormones or steroids. “Doing What’s Right, Right from the Start.™”
And guess what all that means? NatureRaised Farms® Brand chicken provides a splendid tasting meal.
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.
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
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)