Baked Coconut Panko Chicken Tenders

These baked coconut panko chicken tenders are a great option for a weeknight dinners. Kids love dipping the baked chicken strips into the honey mustard sauce. You’ll love how the coconut and panko topping keeps this baked chicken recipe moist and tender.

How easy it is? That’s just icing on the proverbial cake.

Tips and tricks for this recipe

There is nothing complicated about this recipe. When I am breading these coconut panko chicken tenders, I set up a line of bowls containing flour, egg, and then my breading mixture (See pic below).

five baked coconut panko chicken tenders on a plate with honey mustard sauce.

In this case, it’s a combination of panko and shredded, unsweetened coconut. The flavor reminds me of coconut shrimp.

three bowls containing flour, egg, and a coconut panko mixture.

The amount specified in the recipe for each of these will be more than you will need, but better to have too much than too little.

Dip the tenders in each bowl, one or two at a time, and lay them on a parchment lined baking sheet. The parchment prevents the coconut panko coating from sticking to the sheet.

coconut panko chicken tenders on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

PRO-TIP: rinse your fingers with water between dipping each set of the chicken tenders.

FAQs about these coconut panko chicken tenders

What is panko?

Panko are Japanese-style breadcrumbs that are coarser than standard breadcrumbs. If you don’t have panko, you can blitz bread in a food processor and toast your own breadcrumbs as an alternative.

What’s the difference between chicken tenders, chicken fingers, and chicken strips?

“Tenders” is a specific term that refers to the thin bit of meat attached to the chicken breast. Chicken fingers and chicken strips are non-specific terms. If you can’t find or don’t want to buy chicken tenders, you can cut chicken breasts into thin strips to use in this recipe.

Can I freeze breaded chicken tenders?

Yes, you can freeze these either before or after cooking, although they will keep better if frozen raw. The USDA says that raw chicken parts can be frozen for 9 months, though that seems long to me. Cooked chicken tenders can be frozen for 1 to 3 months.

Baked Coconut Panko Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Sauce

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 429kcal
Author uglyducklingbakery


Coconut panko chicken tenders

  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup panko
  • ½ cup unsweetened, shredded dried coconut
  • olive oil to lightly spray the tenders, optional

Honey mustard dipping sauce

  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 dash Tabasco or other hot sauce


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Set out three bowls for dipping the chicken tenders. In the first bowl, stir together the flour, salt, and pepper. Add the eggs to the second bowl. Add the panko and coconut to the third and stir to mix.
    1 pound chicken tenders, 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 cup panko, 1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded dried coconut, 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Dip or two of the chicken tenders into the flour bowl and shake off extra. Dip the same tenders into the eggs and let the excess drip off. Dip the tenders into the final bowl, turning it over a few times to ensure that it is fully coated. Place the tenders on the prepared baking sheet, leaving a small amount of room between each one.
  • When all of tenders have been dipped, spray them lightly with oil if you prefer a crisper, darker coating.
    olive oil
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, turning the coconut panko chicken tenders over once about 10 minutes into baking. Chicken should be cooked until it reaches an internal temperature of at least 165°F.

Honey mustard dipping sauce

  • Meanwhile, combine all of the ingredients for the dipping sauce into a small bowl.
    3 tablespoons honey, 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard, 1 dash Tabasco or other hot sauce


Boneless chicken breast, cut into thin slices lengthwise, can be substituted for the chicken tenders.


Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 928mg | Potassium: 583mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 161IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 3mg

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Want more chicken recipes? Check out these chicken Parmesan muffins, these chicken and apple meatballs, or this cranberry chicken salad.

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