Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders with Tangy Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

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Dinner in 30 minutes! Baked Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders using just 3 ingredients and served with a Tangy Honey Mustard Sauce for dunking. You will love this! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #recipe

Dinner in 30 minutes! Lighter Baked Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders with Tangy Honey Mustard Sauce for dunking. A chicken recipe your family will love!

My son kinda has this love affair with Chick-fil-a chicken nuggets. And to be honest, I don’t blame him. They are delicious and dunked in some Tangy Honey Mustard or Chick-fil-a sauce … well let’s just say he’s one happy camper … ok ok and so am I!

There have been many times when we are driving down the road and he spots the famous red and white Chicken sign from his carseat. Immediately he starts shouting “Chick-fil-a mommy Chick-fil-a.” Sometimes I can resist his cuteness, but other times his cuteness wins. Well, its that or I just can’t handle the non stop Chick-fil-a shouting in the background and give in.

Either way, one thing is for sure my little man loves him some chicken nuggets.

So today in honor of my son and our childish selves {cuz lets be honest you like chicken tenders too} today we are talking about Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders and this amazing Tangy Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce.

Dinner in 30 minutes! Baked Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders using just 3 ingredients and served with a Tangy Honey Mustard Sauce for dunking. You will love this! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #recipe

I am always looking for ways to healthify a recipe, so instead of coating these Chicken Tenders in flour and buttermilk I went the panko, coconut, and egg route and man did it pay off. These chicken tenders are still very crunchy on the outside and perfectly cooked on the inside. The best part is every once in a while you can taste a bite of coconut, yum!

Sorry, but way better than Chick-fil- a and WAY better for you!

But of course, what chicken tender would be complete without its trusty side kick … aka… the dipping sauce.

Dinner in 30 minutes! Baked Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders using just 3 ingredients and served with a Tangy Honey Mustard Sauce for dunking. You will love this! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #recipe

This sauce, I have to admit, is the same exact sauce recipe I used for my Baked Honey Mustard Chicken Wings that I made around Super bowl time. But that should tell you something. This sauce is seriously so good I have it on repeat in my house.

I like to serve the sauce warm when eating the chicken tenders, just something that makes it different. Plus it is way better dipping into warm sauce then cold sticky sauce.

I hope you guys enjoy this family friendly meal. It’s a great recipe that you can get your kids involved with making. You could even create a little chicken tender assembly line. I’m not advocating child labor here … haha.. I’m just saying its a fun way to make memories and get your kids in the kitchen! Who knows they may be the next Bobby Flay! 🙂

Now, go make those Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders and don’t forget to dunk them in the Honey Mustard Sauce. The tenders need the sauce, and the sauce needs the tenders! Bon Appetite!

Dinner in 30 minutes! Baked Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders using just 3 ingredients and served with a Tangy Honey Mustard Sauce for dunking. You will love this! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #recipe

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Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders with Tangy Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 servings
  • Category: Poultry, Appetizers

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs. of chicken tenders
  • 1 egg. lightly beaten
  • 1 egg yoke. lightly beaten
  • 1 cup of panko
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetend coconut flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cracked black pepper
  • Honey Mustard Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup of dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dry ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Pat chicken dry, set aside.
  3. In a small bowl add egg and egg yoke and lightly beat.
  4. In a medium size bowl add panko crumbs, coconut flakes, salt & pepper. Stir.
  5. Dunk chicken in egg mixture and then put in panko coconut bowl to coat, press panko mixture on the chicken tenders so it sticks.
  6. Place “dressed” chicken on a grease baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, remove and let sit.
  8. In the meantime, add dijon mustard, honey, ground mustard, and butter to a medium size sauce pan over medium high heat. Continue to stir until butter is melted.
  9. Serve coconut crusted chicken tenders with honey mustard dipping sauce.

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    1. haha.. i know right. The convincing is the not so fun part, but I love when they finally give in and try it and the light bulb goes off in their heads and they realize “oh this is actually good!” 🙂

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