Skinny Coconut Chicken with Sweet Thai Dipping Sauce

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 our 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.

Skinny Coconut Chicken with Sweet Thai Dipping Sauce

Skinny Coconut Chicken with Sweet Thai Dipping Sauce

Skinny Coconut Chicken with Sweet Thai Dipping Sauce

”My family loves chicken tenders with panko crust. I love changing things up with our dinners, so when saw Skinny Coconut Chicken I knew I had to try it out! The recipe was super easy to follow and quick to make, especially for a busy mom with children hanging onto her while she cooks. The recipe also has a sweet Thai chili sauce which was mild enough for my 18 month old to devour. All in all, it’s a great recipe to enjoy and have your kids help prepare.” – Kelly, Resident Mom, November 2015

Skinny Coconut Chicken with Sweet Thai Dipping Sauce

Skinny Coconut Chicken with Sweet Thai Dipping Sauce

We want to make sure our recipes are juuust right before we share them with our readers, so we have reworked an older version of this recipe into a new and improved creation! This recipe is skinnier, tastier and better than ever thanks to a tiny bit of tweaking, and we know you’ll love it.

Recipe: Skinny Coconut Chicken with Sweet Thai Dipping Sauce

Prep time: 5 minutes + 15 minutes marinade time

Cook time: 18-20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving size: 3 tenders and 1 tablespoon dipping sauce


  • 1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders
  • ⅔ cup Thai® Kitchen Lite Coconut Milk
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut flake
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • Dipping Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Thai Kitchen® Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F, lightly grease a cooling rack with nonstick cooking spray and set it on a baking sheet, then set aside.
  2. In a shallow baking dish, combine the chicken, coconut milk and lime zest. Cover and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes to marinate.
  3. In a separate shallow baking dish combine the Panko, coconut flakes, salt and pepper.
  4. When the chicken has marinated, allow the excess coconut milk to drip off back into the baking dish (then discard it), and coat each chicken tender with the Panko mixture. Set them on the prepared cooling rack/baking sheet. Spray the tops generously with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until golden and done.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: (3 tenders and 1 tablespoon dipping sauce)

Calories: 346

Calories from fat: 118

Fat: 14g

Saturated Fat: 8g

Cholesterol: 99mg

Sodium: 769mg

Carbohydrates: 20g

Fiber: 1g

Sugar 3g

Protein: 25g

WWP+: 8

SmartPoints: 11

The nutrition content of recipes on has been calculated by Registered Dietitian, Jessica Penner, of Smart Nutrition.