Coconut Chicken Tenders Recipe

by Alice Currah on June 30, 2009. Updated January 10, 2010

You’ve heard of coconut prawns or shrimp. Meet its cousin, coconut chicken. Last weekend we celebrated my daughter’s 8th Birthday with a house filled with girls, Hannah Montana, and food fit for a princess. When deciding on a menu my daughter requested her favorite dish, coconut chicken tenders. Who could blame her? Each tender is dipped in sweetened egg batter, coated with a panko coconut mixture and pan-fried to perfection.

Although the kids prefer them without a dipping sauce, my husband and I love dipping them in a marmalade honey sauce. This kid and adult friendly finger food will be a hit with or without sauce. You are going to love these! Enjoy!

Recipe: Coconut Chicken Tenders with Honey Marmalade dipping sauce


2 lbs of chicken tenders

1 1/2 cups of panko bread crumbs (can be found in the Asian aisle of grocery stores)

1 cup of shredded sweetened coconut

1 egg

1/2 can of condensed milk

1/2 cup of orange juice

salt and pepper to taste

Peanut Oil for frying


On a cookie sheet, season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Set aside.  In a medium bowl, mix orange juice, condensed milk, and a beaten egg until your “wet” mixture is well incorporated.  In another bowl, mix coconut and panko crumbs.


Heat peanut oil in a medium pan or skillet on medium-high heat. Fill pan to about 1/2″ of oil. Dip and fully coat each tender in the egg mixture first and then the panko/coconut mix.



Set each coated chicken on a cookie cooling rack.


Fry each tender for 6-8 minutes until golden brown. Serve with Honey Marmalade dipping sauce. Enjoy!


Honey Marmalade Dipping Sauce Recipe:
1/2 cup of honey
1/2 of marmalade
Directions: In a small bowl, add honey and marmalade. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir everything until well mixed and serve with coconut chicken tenders.

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Fayette December 4, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Wow! I attempted to make coconut chicken and what a disaster. I fried the coconut chicken and was awful. But your recipe seems simple. I want to make this for a Christmas Party. Hoping it will turn out a success this time.


CINDY January 12, 2013 at 11:50 am



Liz August 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm

I made this coconut chicken tenders last night and my husband and I both enjoyed them very much. They are quite easy to throw together and I will definitely make them again.


Ol Kentucky boy September 10, 2013 at 6:02 pm

We make this all the time. We first ate it at DeShes pronounced “deeshays” in Maysville Ky. We use honey mustard as a dipping sauce. Mmm good. Gonna try it on shrimp next time. Good to eat with mozzarella sticks and or potato skins for supper but awesome on Sunday watching football and NASCAR haha.


raysha February 24, 2014 at 4:32 pm

hello. please tell me if you use unsweet condensed milk ou sweet condensed milk. Because in france I have both and I don’t know which one to buy to make this recipe. Thank you.


Anne March 13, 2014 at 6:22 am

This is a great recipe and I love the step-by-step pictures and instructions. I’ve never made them before and I am pretty sure my boys will LOVE them!


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