Crispy Coconut Chicken – Crunchy Creamy Sweet

February 25, 2021


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This Crispy Coconut Chicken is breaded and fried in a pan until golden brown and crispy. The sweet coconut adds texture and flavor and makes this dish a family favorite!

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When we are bored of plain chicken dinners, I look for simple ways to add pizzaz. Sweetened coconut to the rescue! I mixed it with panko breadcrumbs to make this ultra-crispy, sweet and delicious chicken. My family loves it! Sweetened coconut is not only for baking cookies. Coconut fans will enjoy it as a breading too. This dish is a fun way to jazz up plain chicken. I hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients:

  • chicken breast
  • flour
  • sweetened coconut
  • breadcrumbs
  • egg
  • milk
  • salt and pepper

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How to make Crispy Coconut Chicken?

  • Start by slicing chicken breasts into strips.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Make a breading station by placing ingredients in shallow dishes.
  • Dip each chicken piece in flour, then egg and then breadcrumbs with coconut.

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  • Heat up vegetable oil in a skillet.
  • Fry chicken in batches until golden brown.

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How to serve Coconut Chicken?

If you are making this Coconut Chicken as a main dish, you can serve it with rice or fries.

A dipping sauce (see my recipe below) or a salad dressing will turn it into a delicious snack!

Dipping sauce for Coconut Chicken:

If I want to serve this chicken as an appetizer, I serve it with my sweet chili orange sauce from my Coconut Shrimp recipe. You will need only two ingredients: sweet chili sauce and orange marmalade.

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Can I bake coconut chicken instead of frying it in a pan?

Absolutely! To bake the chicken in the oven, bread each chicken strip and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Spray lightly with cooking oil. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes OR until golden brown. Flip the chicken halfway through baking.

Can I make it in an air fryer?

To air fry the chicken, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees. Prep the chicken as above for oven baking. Place in the air fryer and bake for 7 to 8 minutes. Check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer to ensure it is baked through.

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Crispy Coconut Chicken

This Crispy Coconut Chicken is breaded and fried in a pan until golden brown and crispy. The sweet coconut adds texture and flavor and makes this dish a family favorite!

Course: Main Dish

Cuisine: American

Keyword: coconut chicken

Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 223 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ¾ sweetened shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup breadcrumbs Panko or plain
  • vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Slice chicken breasts into ½ inch strips.

  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper.

  3. Make a breading station: place flour in one shallow dish, coconut and breadcrumbs in another, and mix egg and milk in the third dish.

  4. Dip each chicken piece in flour, then egg and then breadcrumbs with coconut.

  5. Heat up vegetable oil in a skillet.

  6. Fry chicken in batches until golden brown.

  7. Serve.

Recipe Notes

  • Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
  • Serve this chicken with rice or fries.

Nutrition Facts

Crispy Coconut Chicken

Amount Per Serving

Calories 223 Calories from Fat 36

% Daily Value*

Fat 4g6%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Trans Fat 1g

Cholesterol 78mg26%

Sodium 524mg23%

Potassium 293mg8%

Carbohydrates 27g9%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 2g2%

Protein 18g36%

Vitamin A 89IU2%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 58mg6%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.





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