Paleo Coconut Chicken Tenders are one of my favorite meals. I can’t get enough of the crispy coconut and tender juicy chicken. I love to dip it in honey mustard sauce but they’re also delicious plain!
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Baked coconut chicken tenders are a perfect weeknight meal and are even easy enough for a quick weekday lunch.
These coconut crusted chicken tenders are:
- easy to make
- naturally gluten free
- dairy free
- low carb
- whole30 approved
- coconut flour free
- oven baked
Paleo Coconut Chicken Tenders – Ingredients
Chicken tenders – I buy my tenders through ButcherBox. The meat delivery service that ships high quality meat straight to your door. The chicken is organic and free range. You can read more about ButcherBox here.
Egg – needed for a binder to coat the chicken in coconut. Basically we need something wet for the coconut to stick to.
Spices – Seasons the crispy coconut chicken ever so slightly. For these baked chicken tenders we’re using garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika.
Salt and pepper – No chicken tenders recipe should be created without these two.
Shredded coconut – not to be confused with the larger coconut flakes. Buy organic coconut when you can!
Paleo Coconut Chicken Tenders – How To Make
First, preheat the oven to 400℉.
Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and then place a cooling rack on top.
Set up a dredging station by placing three shallow bowls on the counter.
Add the flour to one bowl, the egg to the next bowl, and the shredded coconut and spices to last bowl.
Pat the chicken tenders dry and season both sides with salt and pepper. Dredge each tender in the coconut flour, then the egg mixture, and finally into the shredded coconut mixture, making sure each piece of chicken is fully coated.
Place the chicken tender onto the baking rack and repeat the steps until all chicken strips are coated in the coconut.
Place the pan into the oven and bake for 18 minutes, flipping the chicken fingers halfway through.
Once the time is up, remove the pan from the oven and allow the food to cool before eating.
Paleo Coconut Chicken Tenders – Tips
- You may need to whisk up another egg, depending on the size of your eggs.
- After baking, turn on the broiler and broil the tenders 1 minute on each side for an extra crispy coating.
Paleo chicken tenders are a great high protein dish that can be served with any vegetable for a well balanced and delicious meal.
Healthy chicken tenders are kid friendly and can be served with a variety of sauces to change up the flavor profile. My kids love dipping them in ketchup, and my favorite is honey mustard! Enjoy!
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Paleo Coconut Chicken Tenders
- 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders (you can slice up chicken breasts into 2-3 pieces if you don't have tenders.)
- 1 egg (whisked)
- 1/4 cup organic coconut flour
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika (can sub 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika )
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- salt and pepper to season chicken
- Preheat the oven to 400℉.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and then place a cooling rack on top.
- Set up a dredging station by placing three shallow bowls on the counter.
- Add the flour to one bowl, the egg to the next bowl, and the shredded coconut, spices, and salt to last bowl.
- Pat the chicken tenders dry and season both sides with salt and pepper. Dredge each tender in the coconut flour, then the egg mixture, and finally into the shredded coconut mixture, making sure each piece of chicken is fully coated.
- Place the chicken tender onto the baking rack and repeat the steps until all the chicken is coated in the coconut.
- Place the pan into the oven and bake for 18 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through.
- When the time is up, you can turn on the broiler and broil each side for 1 minute if desired - this step is optional.
Simple Honey Mustard Sauce
- Combine equal parts honey and mustard of choice (I just use regular yellow mustard but dijon is delicious too).
- Mix until well combined and serve with baked chicken tenders. You can add more honey, or more mustard to taste.
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