Baked Coconut Chicken Fingers

Here’s one recipe that you will definitely want to feature at your Super Bowl party this Sunday. These crunchy coconut chicken fingers are oven baked, not fried! They have all the great taste of those greasy, deep-fried chicken fingers but these are so much healthier for you. My husband and I make the Baked Chicken Fingers at least once a month.

During a busy weeknight I can always count on them being quick, healthy and delicious. I was getting ready to make another batch of those chicken fingers the other night when I had a craving something coconutty. I pulled out some shredded coconut and went to work.

Crusted with a panko coconut mixture, oven baked and served with a homemade sweet dipping sauce, these were a huge hit in my house! Make these tonight, trust me, your family is going to love them! 🙂

Baked Coconut Chicken Fingers

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes


For the Coconut Chicken Fingers:
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 large egg whites
1/2 tablespoon water
1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon orange marmalade
1 1/2 lb chicken tenderloins (or boneless, skinless breasts cut into 3/4-inch strips)

For the Dipping Sauce:
1/2 cup orange marmalade
2 teaspoons mustard
1 teaspoon horseradish
dash salt
drizzle of honey to taste


Preheat oven to 475 F. Set a wire rack inside a rimmed baking sheet and spray the rack with cooking spray; set aside.
In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade process coconut until finely chopped.
In a 12 inch skillet, combine the breadcrumbs, coconut and canola oil. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until golden brown. Transfer to a wide, shallow dish and set aside to cool.
In a second shallow dish, combine flour, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper.
In a third shallow dish, whisk together egg whites, water, Dijon mustard and marmalade until the egg whites are broken up and the mixture is foamy.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge each piece of chicken in the flour mixture, shaking to remove excess, then dip in the egg whites coating both sides completely. Finally, place in the toasted breadcrumb/coconut mixture, turning to coat both sides. Transfer to the wire rack and repeat with all chicken tenderloins.
Spray the chicken lightly with cooking spray then bake for 10-12 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 165°.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine orange marmalade, mustard, horseradish, salt, and honey. Set aside. Serve as dipping sauce for the chicken fingers.


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17 Responses to “Baked Coconut Chicken Fingers”

  1. #
    Judy@Savoring Today — February 2, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    Oh, yeah, gotta try these for sure! I like the sauce you are using too.

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    kat — February 2, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    I love baked chicken fingers! I loved how you added the coconut, sounds yummy! As always 🙂

  3. #
    Chica Andaluza — February 2, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    Great idea and healthy too. Congrats on your last post being “Freshly Pressed” too 🙂

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    Megan — February 2, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

    Those look tasty! I am loving all the party food ideas.

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    ChgoJohn — February 2, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

    Glad that these are baked rather than fried. All too often the Super Bowl buffet is more like a salute to fried foods. The more baked options the better.

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — February 2, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    These sound so much better baked. Plus, no fryer in our house. I know we could do it the old-fashioned way, but blech.

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    Octavia's Vintage — February 2, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

    I was just thinking today how I wanted these. We used to get them at this great Polynesian restaurant years ago and I was craving them. This is a much healthier version!

    Coconut is about the best thing ever in my humble opinion!
    Octavia’s Vintage

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    Jen Roque — February 2, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

    Wow these look delicious! Love the sauce too!

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    Jen @ — February 2, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

    Oh my goodness! I’m entranced.

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    sportsglutton — February 3, 2012 @ 8:44 am

    That dipping sauce must put these fingers over the top!

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    theyellowwhisk — February 3, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    This looks absolutely incredible! I’m going to have to try these!

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    juniakk — February 3, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

    whoohoo for baked and healthier chicken fingers! coconut adds such great flavor. i remember i used to bread them with french onion toppers!

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    Summit10 — February 4, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

    great ideas you always have an ace in your sleeve Sweet Pea 🙂 Cheers!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — February 4, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    These look great. My husband has a love hate relationship with coconut. Sometimes he will fight me to the end for the last bit and others he won’t have more than a nibble. I think these look fantastic. I wonder what his thoughts would be. I almost hope he doesn’t like it so the more for me.

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    Elina Zavala — February 6, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    Cant wait to try it!

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    Janae — November 29, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

    These are fantastic!!! Just finished them and they are a hit!! Thanks for the recipe!

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