Take-out Tuesday, Crazy Good Coconut Chicken

Wait!! Don’t be tempted by that bucket of take out chicken!


To quote my grandson Super Boy,

“this chicken is reeeeaaaaaaaalllllllllllllly good Gigi…”

coconut chicken tenders

And guess what, it’s baked not fried…


And depending on the brand of corn starch used, it’s gluten free


Dip the seasoned tenders into cornstarch and then into egg whites


Quickly sauté both sides in coconut oil until golden {chicken does not have to be cooked through, it will finish while baking}


Place chicken into a baking dish


Pour coconut milk mixture over all

coconut chicken

Put them in the oven to bake in their coconut bath

baked coconut chicken

The sauce will reduce but there will be plenty left for serving

coconut chicken tenders

This recipe is adapted from High Heels and Grills, thank you Sarah!

Crazy Good Coconut Chicken

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 + 1/2 lbs 24 oz., chicken tenders or boneless chicken cut into tenders
  • salt & pepper
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2-3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • Sauce:
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar


  • Season chicken. Put cornstarch and egg whites in 2 separate bowls. Dredge in cornstarch then dip in egg whites. Heat skillet with coconut oil over medium high heat. Add dredged chicken 3-4 tenders at a time, and sauté quickly on each side until golden. Set cooked chicken on paper towels while you finish browning the rest. Chicken doesn’t have to be cooked through, it will finish cooking in oven. Place cooked chicken in a shallow 9 x 13″ baking dish.
  • Mix salt, sugar and vinegar into coconut milk and pour over chicken. Cover and refrigerate at this point up to 24 hours at this point if desired.
  • Bake uncovered at 325 degrees for 45-60 minutes.
Keyword appetizer, baked chicken, chicken nuggets, chicken tenders, coconut chicken, dinner idea, kid friendly

This was my son’s plate, he piled his chicken in a big bowl with salad and crusty french bread

coconut chicken salad

Psssst…make a crazy good chicken salad with leftover chicken, macadamia nuts, chopped celery,  grapes, pineapple, or mango* and use a little sour cream or mayo to bind

*this chicken is pretty sweet so be careful not to make your chicken salad too sweet with additions

coconut chicken tenders

I think you will enjoy this crazy good chicken!



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13 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Crazy Good Coconut Chicken”
  1. Jenna, you keep amazing me with all of your wonderful recipes! This has to be so good and I think my family would love it! So, I see this recipe in my future for sure…Happy Tuesday!

  2. Emily says:

    Chicken is on the menu here a lot! This is a new recipe I can try away from the old standbys. And, it sure comes with with good ratings so it must be delicious. Thanks for a new recipe for chicken. PS I love the red tub with chickens, so adorable………….

  3. This chicken looks so amazing and not to mention healthy too! Thanks for this recipe…I know it would be a hit in my family!

  4. Kitty says:

    Oh my, Jenna, that chicken looks like pure yumminess! I love your pretty painted pieces, too!

  5. cozinest says:

    Love, love, love the “chicken bucket” and this recipe sounds wonderful!

  6. Mary says:

    Jenna, I love your ‘crazy chickens’! Can you believe I’ve never used coconut millk? Your grandson’s high praise makes me smile 🙂

  7. Jodi says:

    Yum! I’m hungry now GiGi! 🙂 <3

  8. LOVE the coconut additions:@)

  9. This recipe sounds interesting. I plan to try it. Will have to go to the store.

  10. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    Since I love the flavor of coconut, but not the flaky texture when its shredded, this is perfect! I always forget to buy coconut milk, so this is a great reminder.

  11. Oh, this sounds so good and so very easy!! I love that it’s baked and can cook while I work on the sides. Fabulous idea! Thank you. I’m pinning this one for sure 🙂

  12. Helen Adams says:

    Hi Jenna,
    That Chicken does look crazy good, we would love it. Your recipe looks awesome and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great day and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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