Coconut Chicken skinny on plate

This is a fun and tasty way to prepare chicken tenders that your kids are going to love!  The mixture of Panko breadcrumbs and coconut give the chicken a sweet and crunchy flavor. Pair with a delicious side dish like my spicy sweet potato fries and you have a healthy and easy meal perfect for the whole family! Added bonus? Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a “functional food” because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content.

Coconut Chicken

Skinny Coconut Chicken

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20-25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving size: 2 chicken tenders


  • 8 chicken tenders (about 1½ lbs)
  • ½ cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
  • ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 egg whites


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine coconut, Panko, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and garlic.
  3. Put egg whites, if used, or egg substitute in a separate small bowl.
  4. Next, dip chicken tenders into the egg and then into the coconut mixture. Cover with the mixture on both sides.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and coconut is golden brown. Turn the chicken once halfway through the cooking time.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving (2 chicken tenders):

Calories: 308

Fat: 8g

Carbohydrates: 15g

Fiber: 2g

Protein: 47g

Sugars: 1g

Sodium: 714mg

Vitamin A: 4%

Vitamin C: 0%

Calcium: 0%

Iron: 2%

WWP+: 8 points