This week we're exploring a tropical side of things... Who says you can't have summer in the winter? Bask in the warm glow of the kitchen light and dream of the sand when you're eating these baked chicken strips with my pineapple-ginger dipping sauce. Aloha!
1 7oz bag of sweetened coconut flakes
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1.5 lbs chicken tenders (or slice breasts into strips)
1/2 cup butter, melted (or substitute 1/4 cup olive oil for 1/4 cup butter)
9 oz pineapple preserves
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons grated ginger (please don't attack redheads for this)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silicon baking mat.
2. Mix in a bowl the coconut, flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. In a separate bowl, beat the egg. Dip the chicken strips in the egg and then into the coconut mixture, pressing the coconut into the chicken lightly. Place them on the covered baking sheet.
3. Once all of the strips are coated and on the sheet, evenly drizzle the butter over the chicken. Bake for 30-40 minutes (keep an eye on that coconut, don't want it to burn) turning over after 15 minutes.
4. While the chicken bakes, add preserves, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, and ginger to a small pot. Heat over medium low until it is thin and mixes well. I let is simmer for about 10 minutes stirring very often, and serve hot in small dipping dishes.
I served with:
Jess' Grade: A
This has become a staple in the house, because it's easy to cook and it reheats quite well the next day for work lunches. The sauce is sweet, so be prepared for that. It will make your eyes roll back in your head though, it's that good! Let me know what you think or give me some recipe ideas! I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, I would love to hear from you.