Fantastic Coconut Chicken Tenders

There are some days, when I just don’t want to cook. I want to order take out (but don’t) so try to think of the easiest thing I can make that actually sounds good to an adult AND a child (harder than you think).

I must have known I was going to have a day like yesterday, as I had put these on my “menu” but didn’t really give them much thought other than I knew I had coconut flakes in the fridge, and I thought I might have had chicken.

So yesterday, in the thick of 4 year old tantrums and 7 month old diaper blow-outs (you’re welcome for the image) I started prepping chicken tenders. Not using tenderloins because all of a sudden their price has skyrocketed at the store. I bought instead chicken stir fry pieces, which really are mismatched slices of chicken breast. When I went to the local grocery store I asked the butcher what was a cheap, organic bit of chicken I could buy that would work for this purpose and he sliced up a chicken breasts (okay, really he cleaved it without really looking at it) priced it up and handed it to me

Since I’m trying to buy our meat organic (which is why we’re eating less and less meat in our household) I figured I would try asking the butcher, and you know what? I saved a bundle. He could package the rest of the meat as ‘stir fry’ and it was a total win-win.

Back to making this dish. Super simple. This is what you’ll need;

1 lb chicken. Cut into tenderloin or smaller sized pieces

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk

1/2 cup panko

1/3 cup coconut flakes

1 tea dried parsley

That’s it friends

Preheat oven to 350 F

Using a shallow bowl, add coconut milk

In another shallow bowl add panko and dried parsely

dredge chicken in coconut milk and then panko

Place on a foil lined baking sheet.

Since I was using mismatched pieces, mine were all different sizes, which was actually kind of nice visually.

Bake for 12 minutes or until your largest piece (thickest, not longest) is cooked through.

Remove for oven and serve!

coconut chicken tenders

easy coconut chicken tenders

I served with leftover carrot soup and French fries. Easy, kid friendly and inexpensive. Win.


About emellt

I love all things food and my plan is to my children feel the same way, one meal at a time. By sharing my recipes, activities and adaptations of others, I hope to get my, and your kids in the kitchen!
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