I’ve got a busy rest-of-the-week this week, so today’s post is going to be short and sweet. I’m leaving tomorrow to meet with the folks at Thomas Nelson and I’m taking part in an exciting event with Martha White and White Lily. They’ve invited 10 bloggers from around the country to participate in their first ever Southern Baking Retreat – and I’m one of them. I’m SO looking forward to meeting some of my favorite fellow bloggers in person and seeing all that the folks from White Lily And Martha White have in store for us. Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram and I’ll keep y’all updated from the retreat.
Y’all, these chicken tenders are awesome. In fact, I think Jack referred to them as “jumpin.” (Isn’t he hilarious!?!?) They are the perfect blend of sweet and salty and since they’re baked and not fried, it’s okay to indulge a little. I hope y’all enjoy them as much as we do!
Coconut Chicken Fingers with Pineapple Sweet and Sour Sauce
- 1 to 1.25 lbs raw chicken tenders
- 1 cup sweetened flake coconut
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
For the sauce:
- 1/2 cup pineapple preserves
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- Preheat the oven to 425° F. Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, combine the coconut, panko, flour, garlic powder, ginger, salt, and black pepper and mix well.
- In a small bowl, beat the two eggs with the water and 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard.
- Dip the chicken tenders in the egg mixture and then dredge them in the coconut bread crumb mixture. Be sure to press gently to get the coating to stick. Place the chicken tenders on the prepared backing sheet. (Optional: For added color lightly spritz the prepared chicken tenders with non-stick cooking spray.)
- Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until the juices run clear.
To make the sauce:
- Combine the pineapple preserves, white vinegar, and 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard; mix well.
If nutritional values are provided, they are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.