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Cashew Coconut Crusted Chicken

Crispy Cashew Coconut Chicken Tenders with Mango Honey Dip is sweet and spicy, tender on the outside, crispy on the inside and delicious all over with the most crazy delicious Mango Honey Dip!  This Coconut Crusted Chicken will have you transported to the tropics!  Because Coconut + Cashews = paradise!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Tropical
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 -6


Cashew Coconut Chicken Tenders

  • 12 chicken tenderloins (just over 2 pounds)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup toasted cashews
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tsp EACH salt, onion powder, garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, ground ginger
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mango Honey Dip

  • 2 mangos, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 green onions, roughly chopped
  • 1/2-2 teaspoons red chili flakes (start with 1/2)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add cashews and coconut flakes to your food processor and process until cashews are about the size of the panko crumbs, scraping the sides of the blender as needed. Add cashews/coconut, panko, chicken tender spices and brown sugar to a shallow dish and mix until evenly distributed.
  • Place the flour in another shallow dish. Whisk the egg with the lime juice in another shallow dish. Working with one chicken tender at a time, dredge in flour and then dip in egg, and then finally coat in the coconut/cashew/panko mixture, pressing mixture into chicken with your fingers to make sure the coating sticks.
  • Place chicken tenders on a foil-lined baking sheet (for easy clean up!) with a baking rack on top that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Lightly spray chicken with non-stick cooking spray for extra crispiness. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes or until cooked through (165 degrees F). Broil until coconut is nicely golden, and panko crisp, but still light in color.
  • To make the Mango Honey Dip, place all the ingredients in a blender, starting with just 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes and process until smooth. Taste and add additional red pepper flakes as desired.


*Use 2 tablespoons for more "tang" which is how I like it :)