June 5th, 2012

Coconut Chicken Tenders

Adults and Kids will come together for dinner and can both enjoy Coconut Chicken. It is a kid friendly dinner, but the flavors are great. The chicken is dipped in sweetened condensed milk before the coconut, which makes the chicken not only sweet, but also stays moist and tender. I decided I didn’t want to clean splattered oil off the entire kitchen, so I wanted to bake the chicken rather than fry it. Cooking it all at once in the oven is not only simple but also makes for an easier cleanup.

Coconut Chicken Tenders


1.5 pounds chicken tenders (10-12 tenders)
1 egg
half can of sweetened condensed milk
1 1/4 cups coconut
1 cup bread crumbs or panko
1/2 cup melted butter


Preheat oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. {This will help save a lot of time with clean up.}

In a shallow dish beat together the egg and sweetened condensed milk. In a separate dish combine the coconut and bread crumbs.

Dip the chicken tenders in the egg/milk mixture and then into the coconut. Be sure to evenly coat both sides of the chicken. Place on prepared baking sheet. Evenly pour melted butter over the top of the chicken tenders. {This will help brown and crisp the outsides. We are not frying them!}

Bake chicken for about 15 minutes, remove from the oven and turn chicken over. Bake an additional 15-20 minutes. If you like a crispier outside, place chicken under the broiler for a couple of minutes. Be sure to watch it closely.

Serve immediately!

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8 Responses to “Coconut Chicken Tenders”

  1. This sounds absolutely delicious! I love coconut shrimp, and this looks like a similar, great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This sounds so good-what dipping sauce do you use?? It looks good too! Thanks

  3. This look’s scrumptious! gotta make it. what is the dipping sauce you use recipe?

  4. Oh yeah, I’m all over this. My kids won’t eat coconut, so that means this is all for me! Yes, I’m worth it. Thanks for posting this!

  5. I made these today and we ate them up, no sauce! Thanks so much for this recipe, it was MUCH simpler than the other recipe that I had.

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  7. Made these tonight with an Orange Marmalade Sauce on the side. Went really well together. Will definetly make again!

  8. Melissa – thanks for the feedback. SO glad you liked the coconut chicken tenders. The Orange Marmalade Sauce is a fabulous idea!


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