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Coconut Chicken Tenders with sweet and sassy dipping sauce


What could be better than transforming chicken into a fried-favorite variation of crunchy coconut shrimp? Coat the tenders in coconut, fry and pair with a sweet and sassy sauce for a combination of sweet, spicy, cold and crispy.
Make extra sauce - because they will be double dipping!

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  • For the sauce, combine:
  • 1 cup Saucy Susan Peach Apricot Sassy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Apple Cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. chili garlic sauce
  • For the tenders:
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1-1/2 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1-1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 lbs. chicken tenders, white tendon removed, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • Canola oil


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Step 1

Whisk together cornstarch, salt, and cayenne in a shallow dish.
Pour coconut milk into another shallow dish.
Combine coconut and panko in the third dish.
Toss tenders in cornstarch mixture; shake off excess. Dip tenders in coconut milk, then dredge in coconut mixture pressing to adhere. Transfer to a plate and chill 1-2 hours.
Heat about 1 cup Canola oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat.
Fry tenders in batches until golden brown and cooked through, 2-3 minutes per side.
Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate and season with salt.

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