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Coconut Chicken with Mango Salsa

Childs food meets adult pallete with this coconut chicken and mango salsa TWO WAYS! A delicious and flavorful combination.
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Dinner, Food, Recipe


Chicken Strips

  • 6-10 chicken tenders
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup cashews
  • ½ cup coconut flakes sweetened
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp pepper

Mango Salsa – Pico de Gallo Style

  • 1 mango peeled and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 4-5 green onions sliced
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp finely shredded lime peel
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper.

Smooth Mango Salsa

  • 1 mangos peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • limes juiced
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 green onions chopped


Chicken Tender Preparation

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Toast the cashews in a pan over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes.
  • Place the cashews and coconut flakes in a food processor and mix until the ingredients have crumbled together and look about the consistency of bread crumbs.
  • Combine the cashew/coconut mixture with the flour, Panko bread crumbs, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, paprika, salt, cayenne and pepper. Mix well in a flat glass dish.
  • Beat the two eggs in a separate bowl.
  • One at a time, take the chicken tenders and lightly dip in the dry spice/cashew mix. Place in the egg and return to the spice/cashew mix, pressing the mix into the chicken.
  • Place each chicken tender on a sprayed cooking sheet.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the outside turns a nice golden brown.

Mango Salsa Preparation

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and stir to combine. The end results should look like a brightly colored pico de gallo, with large chunks.

Smooth Mango Salsa Preparation

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend on high for a couple minutes until it takes on a salsa-like consistency. There shouldn’t be any large chunks, but it also shouldn’t turn into a sauce.