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Crunchy Coconut Lime Chicken Strips (or nuggets) for SRC

April 9, 2012 at 11:58 am | Posted in Appetizers, Dinner, Poultry, SRC | 66 Comments
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Crunchy Coconut Lime Chicken Strips with Spicy Yogurt Dipping Sauce

For this month’s Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned the blog, Edesia’s Notebook  (love the name) authored and photographed by Lesa.  For the first time since I joined, I didn’t have the urge to grab some gorgeous dessert, which Lesa has plenty of, and play with it.  Instead, the same thought kept going through my head.

Just.make.dinner.

Crunchy Baked Coconut Lime Chicken Strips with Spicy Greek Yogurt Dipping Sauce.

You don’t often see posts where I just make dinner, nothing fancy, nothing outrageous, nothing you would only make for a special occasion.  It’s not that I don’t have a decent amount of simple recipes, but I just felt the need to cook dinner and blog it.  I chose her Crunchy Lemon Chicken.

Crunchy Baked Coconut Lime Chicken Strips with Spicy Greek Yogurt Dipping Sauce | Parsley, Sage and Sweet

Of course, I ended up futzing with it, because I truly believe it’s nearly impossible for me not to futz with recipes.  I cut each breast into strips, used limes instead of lemons, and added soy sauce and garlic to the marinade.  I also added dessicated coconut to the panko bread crumbs and beat the eggs with coconut water for the breading station.  Add to that a few other minor alterations, like the baking time and temperature, and there you have it.

Otherwise, it’s just dinner, and it was delicious.  I think these are the crunchiest, most delicious baked chicken fingers I’ve ever had, and kids would go absolutely berserk over these.  Just my completely unbiased opinion..I swear.


Even though they were flavorful enough as is, I decided to made a dip to go with them – what I call a garbage dip, where you rummage through your fridge and cabinets and just throw something together.  It was interesting and tasty, (it looks kind of gross in the photos..like Thousand Island dressing that sat out too long, doesn’t it?), but, again, the chicken fingers had so much flavor, it really wasn’t needed.

Crunchy Baked Coconut Lime Chicken Strips with Spicy Greek Yogurt Dipping Sauce.

That said, I hope you try these little delights of crunchy chicken, and I hope you enjoy them!

Crunchy Coconut Lime Chicken Strips or Bites

Adapted from and Inspired by Lesa from Edesia’s Notebook
Yields about 4 servings

2 limes, zested and juiced
1/4 cup light olive oil
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped finely
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 chicken breasts (About 1 lb) cut into 1-inch wide strips.  Cut each strip in half to make ‘nuggets’.
1 1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
2/3 cup dessicated coconut shreds
3/4 cup flour
salt and pepper to season flour
2 eggs, beaten with 4 tablespoons of coconut water (you can use coconut milk if you can’t find coconut water)
Oil spray, doesn’t matter what kind

DIRECTIONS:
1.  In a bowl, stir together lime juice, zest, light olive oil, ginger, light soy sauce, garlic and salt.  Add the chicken strips and stir until they’re completely coated with the marinade.  You can also pour the marinade  with the chicken strips, into a ziplock bag, which is what I did.  Marinate for 4 to 5 hours at the most..stirring the strips in the bowl of marinade or squeezing around the bag every hour to an hour and a half to insure even marinating.

2. Line a large baking sheet with foil sprayed lightly with oil. Mix the flour, salt and pepper in one bowl, the beaten eggs and coconut water in a second bowl, and the panko and dessicated coconut in a third bowl. Remove the chicken strips from the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

3. Lift up each chicken strip and shake off some of the marinade so it isn’t overly-saturated  (I just ran two impeccably clean fingers down each strip, sliding off the extra marinade). Coat each chicken strip in flour, knocking off the excess, then dip and coat well in the egg mixture and then dredge it in the panko - dessicated coconut mixture, pressing it onto each strip. Place each chicken strip on the oiled baking sheet and continue until all chicken has been coated.

4.  Lightly spray some oil on the breaded chicken strips, then bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.  IMPORTANT – Do not let them sit on the baking sheet once out of the oven.  Transfer them to a rack if not eating within a few minutes, or the bottoms will get soggy.

Spicy Yogurt Dip
1 cup greek yogurt
2  to 3 tablespoons Asian chile-garlic sauce
1 small handful cilantro leaves, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS|:
1.  Mix all the ingredients together, then cover and refrigerate for a few hours to let the flavors blend.

If you get a chance, please click on the blue frog below to see all the amazing dishes recreated by Group A of The Secret Recipe Club.  Also, click on over to Edesia’s Notebook for some fantastic sweet and savory recipes!

Crunchy, Baked Coconut Lime Chicken Strips with Spicy Yogurt Dipping Sauce

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  1. Wow, that’s so flavorful, fresh and beautiful! Great pick for SRC :-). I am pinning it to try later and to share the yum! Happy Easter and have a great week!

  2. ohmygoodness, I am a chicken strips kinda girl and these sound amazing!

  3. Mmm, this chicken looks fantastic – love adding coconut to the breading, sounds super delicious!

  4. A gorgeous recipe! Those chicken strips must be so crunchy and flavorful.

    What a story… Can’t wait for part 10!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  5. yummy choice!

  6. Sounds like a great chicken strip recipe-great pick!

    • Thanks, Susie. Couldn’t find a comment section on your SRC post (???)

  7. I love this….I get sucked in reading this delicious story, and then here comes a photo of some great looking chicken and garbage dip!!!! Hahaha you are amazing. I hope things settle down for you….

  8. Delicious. Sorry to hear that you had a hard time at the beginning.

  9. Sorry to hear about someone passing and your father being ill. I hope he gets better soon. I love what you did with the chicken. The coconut and lime sound like an amazing combo!

  10. Hope your dad is doing better. Even though you futzed with the recipe, I think you did it justice. I love the idea of lime and coconut chicken strips!

  11. Hey Lisa, I hope everything is going okay and your dad is getting well. I’m still very hooked on this story and am looking forward to the rest whenever you have a chance to write them.

  12. I am absolutely going to try those chicken strips. And that is SO something that would have happened to me, with the pin!! LOL. Still sending love and hugs your way.

  13. Wow, those chicken fingers looks SO good!

    • Thank you, Cathy :)

  14. Beautiful recipe, Lisa! I love the flavors…

    Lisa, I am so sorry for your loss… And while the story is just thrilling, I don’t think you need to worry too much about leaving us hanging… just take your time and write the rest when your dad is better and you are feeling up to it!

  15. I am sorry to hear about your father. Your adaptions to these chicken fingers sound perfect. Love the idea of the coconut!

  16. Hope things get better for you Lisa, sorry to hear of loosing someone and about your dad. I like this recipe and the flavors too, the pictures are really good. Of course the story is great and takes me out of reality for a few minutes which is nice.
    love to you xoxoxo

  17. wishing you a belated Chag Sameach, and a long life. Blessings to you and your family – Tandy

  18. I like the chicken fingers they look crunchalicious. If you can create a great dip out of “garbage” I want to taste the dips you create from fresh ingredients. This guy was a very calm person… don’t think I’d be getting something from the trunk in that situation. Crack me up about hoping he was “illiterate” funny stuff :).

  19. I want to know the ending!! In the meantime, those strips look absolutely delicious – I love the crunchy coconut coating and zing of lime…nom nom!

  20. Can’t decide which I like better, the chicken or the story. I *LOVE* the chicken, so that should tell you how much I love your story. I don’t want it to end. Fix it. :)

  21. Hi Lisa,
    I hope all is better in your world! These chicken strips sound delicious and just the kind of thing my boys love – will have to try them when the oldest comes home (in exactly 4 weeks… but I’m not counting or anything!:-)

  22. I am soooo making these! Maybe even for dinner tonight!! Plus, we should have a tutoring session on how to photography chicken because you did an awesome job!!

  23. So sorry to hear about your dad Lisa. I hope it’s going better now but I can imagine you had other things on your mind. Still I totally enjoyed part 9 of the series and can’t wait for the sequel. You should seriously write a novel!

  24. I love the addition of coconut in the chicken strips, and that dip sounds fantastic!!! Hugs, Terra

  25. I can’t edit my comment…I wanted to let you know I am sending you light and love during this tough time. oxox, Terra

  26. Looks like restaurant quality to me.

  27. Hope your dad is doing well. And hope you are taking care of yourself so you can help him get better. xoxo

  28. Lisa, I hope your father is on the mend! I’m sorry to hear about the “sudden passing”. Life sure is difficult at times:( Hang in there, my friend. XO.
    Your chicken strips look amazing; I can almost hear the CRUNCH! They remind me of the coconut shrimp I had in Hawaii:)

  29. So sorry to hear all that has been happening in your life. My best wishes and prayers to your family! I loved this part of the story…action filled! Looking forward, as usual, to the next part. I’m making these chicken fingers this weekend, they do look super crunchy and I lkove the coconut lime flavor!

  30. Hope your dad is doing better Lisa and that you were able to enjoy passover. I was in Yellowstone National Park over the weekend and picked up some matzo ball soup (my favorite).

  31. It’s not just kids, but I would probably go nuts over this too!! And yeah, I’m the same way such that I can never leave a recipe untouched! Some way or another they’d get modified when they’re in my hands! haha.. Anyway, hope your dad is doing better!! Take care dear Lisa!

  32. Lisa these look so good! I love anything coconut!

  33. What a great way to make dinner. Chicken strips are always a hit here. And these would be no exception.

  34. I am sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the rest of the story. However also hoping that your family is doing okay, keeping you in my prayers and maybe the writing will help settle you. On a side not the chicken dish looks fabulous, but your writing rocks. Take care, BAM

  35. Hope your doing well, a delish dinner and a story… you spoil use, your a talented writer…keep them coming!!

  36. Teasing us again with another cliffhanger on this fun story. This chicken is what I need to make tonight. I love coconut and lime and that sauce…just for me b/c it’s spicy the way I like it:)Your photos are so pretty. I’m sending you tons of hugs and love. xx

  37. Coconut just went on my grocery list…this sounds fabulous. I would probably want a sauce too but I’m thinking honey mustard. But then I could probably eat honey mustard sauce with a spoon so it’s my go to for fried anything and this is fried Heaven!

  38. Best looking chicken strips EVER. Oh no, the age bomb! Very sorry again for your sudden loss.

  39. Sorry to hear things have been rough Lisa, I hope your dad feels better real soon.
    My kids love chicken strips but I have never made them with coconut. This sounds like an amazing new twist

  40. Lots of hugs from me. I know how hard it has been. I hope things start looking up soon so you can get back to writing and cooking/baking. :-)

  41. hi!,your love story is awesome! I love your writing so much! Romantic, but Many laughs! Please don’t end it in part 11!

    • Thank you, Tina, I’ll do my best ;)

  42. Your chicken looks wonderful…of course. Hugs to you and hope that your Dad is doing better. Talk soon.

  43. These chicken fingers look so delicious, but your story is twice as delicious…you’re such a character!!

  44. You’ve got a major gift in the way you write, so honest and real. The arena hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to let it all out, bumps and all. Always follow your heart. Love the chicken fingers!

    • Thank you, Leo, I’m very flattered. I always do follow my heart, but sometimes that’s my ‘problem’ lol

  45. this recipe looks lovely and delicious! if you have a minute, I would love for you to come link up on my blog!
    http://successful2gether.blogspot.com/2012/04/successful-saturday-link-up-week-8.html

  46. Just wanted to let you know I made these last night and they were crazy good! We had a few people over and they begged me to make another batch because the first batch was gone in about 5 minutes! Thank you so much for this recipe, I’ll be making it for life!

    • So glad you loved them, Ellie. They’re certainly a keeper!

  47. You have a natural expertise in writing. Love your passion and details. Memories are eventually meant to be shared, and you’ve done a fantastic job of that.

    • Wow, thank you, Steve :)

  48. Mmmmmm…delicious SRC post, Lisa! And I hope your dad is doing better…

  49. You had me at coconut. Glad you decided to blog dinnner – there’s nothing wrong with simple recipes that people might actually make :) Sending hugs and positive thoughts your way.

  50. Really enjoying the story, looking forward to part 11! The chicken strips look so perfectly crunchy, excellent!

  51. The crunchy chicken strips look to die for! What a fabulous post Lisa! Can’t wait to read the next part. :)

  52. These are the BEST baked chicken fingers I have ever had! My family agrees! Thank you so much for this recipe!

  53. Great looking chicken! I love panko breadcrumbs, they have such a nice crisp.

    Woah, guess this guy was a REAL bad boy after all! You write him as being so sweet with you, I’d kind of forgotten that was his initial appeal.

  54. i thought I’m the only one saying ” No, I’m awake, I’m just resting my eyes :))))
    Great recipe choice Lisa

  55. Those coated chicken strips look so tasty, appetizing & well flavoured too! I will make them today! thanks for this lovely post, Lisa! ;) xxx

  56. These were love from first sight!

  57. Loved making this delicious recipe!!

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