Crispy Coconut Chicken with Spicy Honey Orange Sauce.

Crispy, flavorful, and simple coconut chicken using convenient pantry ingredients to make one memorable meal everyone will love!

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Here’s a simple dinner recipe that turned out to be even tastier than I planned. Sure, I had high hopes for this mid-week meal but I never expected it to be THIS GOOD. I think the chicken’s crispiness is what makes it.

And that spicy sweet orange sauce is like icing on the chicken cake. That sounds so weird but you know what I mean. I hope?

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Here’s the deal. The chicken’s crust:

Has allllllll the coconut.

√ Is all sorts of tropical tasting. Hello perfect warm weather recipe.

Has Panko for added crunch and texture. Done and done.

Is flash-fried in a little coconut oil on the stove before going into the oven.

Is crispy and crusty and sweet and savory and flavorful.

The chicken is coated in the coconut crust in three steps. First, a coating of whole wheat (or regular) flour. The flour helps the egg to stick. Next, a dip into beaten eggs. Coating the chicken in beaten egg helps the coconut to stick. And finally? A generous dunk into coconut/Panko creadcrumbs. Here’s why Panko is preferred: Panko is made from crustless bread and is coarsely ground into airy, large flakes. Panko tends to stay crispier longer than regular breadcrumbs because they don’t absorb as much grease and liquid.

It’s important to chop up/pulse the shredded coconut before using it as a coating. Smaller pieces of coconut adhere to the chicken much easier.

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About that “flash fry” step. It’s not crucial, but both Kevin and I liked the pieces of chicken that were briefly pan fried in coconut oil before being baked through. As an alternative, you can simply bake the chicken instead of adding the pan frying step. But that little pan fry in coconut oil adds another wonderful layer of flavor and gives the chicken the golden brown crispy crust we all love.

For the best taste and texture, I don’t recommend skipping this step. 

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Now, about that sauce. Talk about F-L-A-V-O-R! I remember having a spicy orange sauce with coconut shrimp at a restaurant before and I knew it would be equally as tasty on crispy coconut chicken. All you need is honey, orange marmalade/jam/preserves, dijon mustard, and red pepper flakes. If spicy isn’t your style, leave out the red pepper flakes. There is still so much lovely flavor in this sauce!

Double dipping is encouraged. Scratch that. It’s required.

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This chicken is finger-lickin’ good. I don’t like that term though. Maybe it’s the word “lick”? Or just the licking your fingers part? I don’t know, but it certainly describes this coconut chicken. Sticky and sweet, can’t be beat.

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This is truly such a simple dish that uses convenient pantry ingredients and boasts huge coconut flavor. All in such little prep time, too. Everyone will go COCO-nuts for this chicken! I’m a nerd.

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Crispy Coconut Chicken with Spicy Honey Orange Sauce

Crispy, flavorful, and simple coconut chicken using convenient pantry ingredients to make one memorable meal everyone will love.

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts or tenders
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut1
  • 3/4 cup Panko2
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (or all-purpose) (measured correctly)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large Eggland's Best eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil3
  • optional or garnish: chopped cilantro or parsley

Spicy Honey Orange Sauce

  • 1/2 cup orange preserves/marmalade
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 Tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt, to taste

Directions:

  1. If using chicken breasts, pound down and cut into strips. If using boneless, skinless chicken tenders (chicken tenders are the lean strips of meat found attached to the underside of chicken breasts - they can also be purchased separately.) - cut in half lengthwise.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  3. Pulse the shredded coconut in a food processor or blender to break it down into smaller pieces. Alternatively, you can chop it up. Mix it with the Panko in a medium bowl. Set aside. In a second medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and pepper together. In a third bowl, whisk the eggs together.
  4. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Coat each chicken strip in flour, shaking off any excess. Then, dip in egg and let any excess drip off. Then generously roll in the coconut mixture, shaking off any excess. Add more Panko to the dish if you are running low.
  6. Fry 4-6 chicken strips at a time in the coconut oil-- only about 2 minutes per side until the crust is golden brown. Once each is done, place strips onto prepared baking pan.
  7. Bake for 6-10 minutes or until chicken is completely baked through.
  8. Make the sauce: Whisk all of the sauce ingredients together except for the salt. Taste. Add salt as needed.
  9. Serve chicken warm with the dipping sauce. Add an optional garnish like a little chopped cilantro or parsley. Store any leftover chicken in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in a 350°F (177°C) oven for 10 minutes or until warmed through.
  10. Make ahead tip: Baked coconut chicken freezes well up to 2-3 months. Bake frozen chicken in a 350°F (177°C) oven for 20 minutes or until warmed through.

Recipe Notes:

  1. I prefer sweetened coconut for a slightly sweet crust. You can use unsweetened coconut if you'd prefer it, though we didn't like the unsweetened crust as much compared to sweetened coconut. I also find that the sweetened coconut browns easier and was a little crispier.
  2. Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb traditionally used as a coating for fried or baked foods. It's available in major grocery stores near the stuffing. Panko is heavily preferred opposed to regular bread crumbs because they tend to stay crispier longer. You may buy seasoned or unseasoned and then add more/less seasonings to your breading if preferred. I use unseasoned.
  3. Instead of flash frying in coconut oil in steps 4 and 6, you can simply bake the coconut chicken for around 20 minutes (flipping halfway through) and skip those two steps. However, we much preferred the taste of the chicken after being pan fried in coconut oil for that brief amount of time. It adds another layer of coconut flavor as well as ensures a crispy golden brown crust.

Sauce adapted from All Recipes

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We’re obsessed.

Recipe for Crispy Coconut Chicken with Spicy Honey Orange Sauce for dipping! sallysbakingaddiction.com

Try my Easy Coconut Shrimp next!

Easy Coconut Shrimp

And my Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites.

Super crunchy Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites on sallysbakingaddiction.com. These are SO easy and delicious!

Eggland’s Best provided me with eggs to bring you this recipe.

Little prep time, convenient ingredients, juicy, crispy, and the BEST dipping sauce! Coconut Chicken is so good.

84 comments

  1. I found that when I slid the chicken off the tin foiled, olive oiled baking sheet, that the coating separated from the chicken. It tasted great, but I had to serve naked chicken with the coating added on top or on the side. Any idea why this may have happened? Linda J

  2. This was delicious.! All six kids ( age 7-23) loved it. I used bobs red mill gluten free flour( the one with the garbanzo beans), gluten free bread crumbs, and unsweetened finely shredded coconut. Will try battering, browning, and then freezing because I know it will be on the list regularly. Had a homemade sweet chili sauce on hand already that I used, but look forward to trying out the sauce in the recipe.

  3. For the sauce could you use freshly squeezed orange juice rather than marmalade? I realise it won’t be as thick/sticky but maybe fresh juice and a touch of sugar possibly reduced in a pan on the stove top to thicken up a bit? 

  4. I made this recipe the other day just by simply frying in the coconut oil. No need to bake since the chicken was thin enough just to cook a few minutes on each side.  The texture and taste were perfect!!! Now the sauce…..That stuff needs to be bottled and put on the market. I made the chicken with some steamed broccoli. I couldn’t waste not one drop of that sauce so I kept dipping the broccoli in as well. Great recipe. Will make sure I make this again soon….

  5. Can you substitute the chicken with tofu? (I want to make this for my very vegetarian mom) If you can, are there any things to change in the recipe if you use tofu?

    Yummy recipe, by the way 🙂

    • I wouldn’t change anything, but I would make sure you squeeze as much of the moisture out of the tofu that you can– and use extra firm tofu 🙂

  6. This recipe looks very appealing, but I really don’t like the taste of mustard. Is there any other ingredient I can use to replace it?

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