I had a surprise visit yesterday. My brother, sister-in-law and niece stopped by which always makes me happy. My niece is almost six and has the most awesome personality. I needed something quick and easy to make for dinner so I asked my husband to run to the store and pick up chicken tenders and French fries. What kid doesn’t LOVE chicken tenders and French fries? But I wanted to change things up a bit for the adults. I had shredded coconut on hand and other essentials so I figured I’d make coconut chicken. My brother, sister-in-law and husband LOVE spicy food (I’m still easing my way into it). By making the dipping sauce with marmalade and Sambal Oelek (Asian Chili Spice) made it so all the adults could enjoy it (My niece had good ole BBQ sauce).
When dinner was done everyone was stuffed. My niece even said she LOVED the chicken tenders! (As far as I’m concerned, if she was the ONLY one who enjoyed dinner I’d still be happy… HaHaHa). So here it goes, a great meal for both adults and children. Hope you enjoy!
Coconut Chicken with Spicy Marmalade Dipping Sauce
- 1.5 lbs. Chicken Tenders (approx. 20 tenders)
- 1 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
- 1 Cup Regular Bread Crumbs
- 1 Cup Shredded Coconut
- 1 Cup of all purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp. Corn Starch
- 4 Eggs
- Vegetable Oil
- 1 Cup of Orange Marmalade
- 2 Tbsp. Honey
- 1 Tbsp. Sambal Oelek
- Prepare your station. In one dish mix flour and cornstarch, in another bowl beat your eggs and in the final bowl combine Panko, Bread Crumbs and Coconut.
- Dredge the chicken tenders in the flour first, then egg and finally coat the tenders in the coconut mixture. Once all tenders are coated set aside.
- In a large skillet pour enough vegetable oil to fry your tenders in. It’s hard to say exactly how much oil that is depending on your pan but I usually measure so the oil will go approximately 1/3 of the way up on the chicken tenders. Set your burner to medium heat. (The oil usually takes a few minutes to heat up so at this time you can make your dipping sauce. By the time the sauce is done your oil should be hot enough).
- For the dipping sauce: In a small pot over low heat mix the honey, marmalade and Sambal Oelek stir continuously until the sauce is warm and mixed completely through. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- Once your oil is hot enough fry your tenders until golden brown and cooked through. (Approximately 7 minutes per batch).
- Serve Chicken Tenders with dipping sauce on the side.