Coconut Panko Chicken Tenders with Mango Dipping Sauce

coconut panko chicken tenders

Anytime there is a recipe with coconut I feel like I have to try it… Especially  if it involves a mango dipping sauce.

This started as a recipe I found through Pinterest. I went through it and changed a few ingredients to make it a bit healthier, and it came out so yummy!

The result: Coconut Panko Chicken Tenders 🙂

If you want the perfect combination of savory, sweet and a touch spicy… Then you’ll love this. (If you close your eyes, you may just feel like you’re in the tropics!)


For the chicken tenders:

2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken tenders
2 large eggs
1 tbsp. lime juice
1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

For the Mango Dipping Sauce:

2 mangos, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp. lime juice
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. cumin
3 garlic cloves, peeled
3 green onions, chopped
2 tsp. red pepper flake


  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. To make the coating for the chicken, combine coconut flakes and panko in food processor and pulse until well combined.
  3. Then in shallow dish add brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, salt, and cayenne to the panko coconut mixture and stir until all incorporated.
  4. Whisk eggs and lime juice together in small bowl.
  5. Taking one chicken tender at a time and first dip into the egg and lime mixture and then into the panko/coconut mixture, pressing the mixture into the chicken to make sure it’s coated.
  6. Place chicken onto baking sheet lined in foil with cooking spray. (Lightly spray chicken with cooking spray for extra crisp)
  7. Bake for approximately 25 minutes.
  8. To make the sauce, add all sauce ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.


Adapted originally from


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