Coconut chicken is one of the world’s amazing wonders! This delicious baked chicken is tender and juicy inside, crispy outside – and it’s so easy to make! This is a no fail, easy recipe; the taste is perfect and the texture is delectable every time you make it.
To tenderize the chicken prior to cooking, soak it in milk for an hour on one side, then flip it and soak it for an hour on the other (always in the refrigerator). You can soak for longer if you have the time. The enzymes in the milk break down the fibers in the chicken and result in very tender meat.
If you don’t have time to soak the chicken, you can tenderize it by pounding each chicken breast with a meat mallet, rolling pin, or anything you have handy to about ¼-inch thickness (put it in a plastic bag or plastic wrap first). This will also break down the fibers in the meat and make it very tender.
Okay, now for this fabulous dipping sauce! If you are familiar with the coconut shrimp at the Outback Steak House, you will recognize this dipping sauce as it tastes the same as the sauce the Outback serves with their shrimp. It is indescribably delicious!
Coconut Chicken Recipe
Ingredients for Coconut Chicken:
- 2 chicken breasts, cut into strips (2 or 3 strips – depending on how large the chicken breast is)
- 2 cups flaked, sweetened coconut
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup butter, melted
Directions for making Coconut Chicken:
Mix together the coconut, flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a bowl. Break the eggs in a separate bowl, whisk until frothy.
Dip each chicken strip in the egg, then in the coconut mixture, coating well. Place on a greased baking sheet. Drizzle with the melted butter. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes, turning once after 20 minutes. Serve warm with dipping sauce (recipe below)
Dipping Sauce Recipe
Ingredients for Dipping Sauce:
- ½ cup orange marmalade
- 1 tablespoon horseradish
Directions for Dipping Sauce:
Mix ingredients together in a bowl; serve with coconut chicken.
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