Coconut Chicken Tenders with Creamy Caribbean Salsa

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. + marinating Bake: 15 min.


8 servings

Updated: Feb. 15, 2022
This coconut chicken tenders recipe is such a fun change of pace. The salsa's tropical flavor makes the dish fresh and bright. —Jane Estrin, Jacksonville, Florida
Coconut Chicken Tenders with Creamy Caribbean Salsa Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 medium jicama, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • Cooking spray


  1. Place the first 10 ingredients in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped but not pureed, 5-6 times. Transfer to a bowl; fold in sour cream. Cover and refrigerate until serving. In a shallow dish, combine chicken and buttermilk. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°. In a shallow dish, combine flour, salt and pepper. In another shallow dish, whisk together egg whites and water. In a third shallow dish, stir together panko, coconut, sesame seeds and paprika. Drain chicken. Dip chicken, a few pieces at a time, in flour mixture to coat; shake off excess. Dip in egg mixture, then in panko mixture, patting to help coating adhere.
  3. Place chicken on lightly greased baking sheets; spritz with cooking spray. Bake until chicken is no longer pink, 15-20 minutes, turning halfway through cooking and spritzing with additional cooking spray. Serve with salsa.
Peppers (Hot)
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 402 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 315mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 6g fiber), 31g protein.