Sunday, November 20, 2011

Coconut Chicken Tenders

I am so sad about it getting dark at 4:15pm now.  Not only is it just getting dark too early, but it also means no more natural light for food photos.  So, you'll have to just believe me when I tell you things are yummy that look terrible.  This recipe was great!  I made it right before heading out to see the newest Twilight movie with some girlfriends so I totally smelled like fry-ups for the whole night but it was worth it because these were so good!  Did I just admit to seeing Twilight movies in the theaters?   Don't judge.

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 (I used veggie oil)

Directions:
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 Mustard dipping sauce. Enjoy!

Honey Mustard:
3/4 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice or juice from 1/2 lemon
Horseradish, to taste (I didn't use any)
2 tablespoons orange juice (more or less as needed)

Combine all ingredients except orange juice; stir well. Thin to pouring consistency for dressing or dipping consistency for dips with orange juice. Cover and chill for 2 or 3 hours.

1 comment:

M. Rupp said...

Jessie, those look delicious! I totally know what you mean about smelling like fried food all night! My mom makes these fabulous fried tacos and they are worth the after-smell, too. ...And, ummm, I plan on seeing the Twilight movie in the theaters as well! No shame, no shame. Hee hee.
Looking forward to trying other recipes found here. Thanks for putting them together. Hope you're well!
Miranda

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