What are your plans for dinner tonight? You should be saying “Coconut Chicken of course!” :) This recipe has been one of my family’s favorite chicken recipes of all times. I love the taste of coconut and having your chicken breast covered in it and then baked is just heaven for me. It is easy to make and healthy so it can’t get any better than this. I originally found this recipe from seeded at the table but have since made some changes of my own to it to make it healthier.
Yield: 4 servings
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
2 teaspoon’s flax seeds
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 boneless chicken breasts
1/4 cup unsalted butter, or coconut oil (melted)
Optional for apricot sauce on top:
1/4 cup apricot preserves
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Preheat oven to 400*F and line a baking dish with parchment paper.
Whisk egg in a medium size bowl and set aside. Then mix all the dry ingredients in a separate larger bowl; coconut flakes, flour, wheat germ, flax seeds, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Once all the chicken breasts are coated and placed on the baking dish, evenly drizzle with melted butter or coconut oil. (You need this so the coconut mixture does not burn while cooking). Place in oven and bake for 30-40 minutes flipping chicken breasts once halfway through cooking time. (tip: use a spatula to do the flipping so you don’t lose the coconut mixture that is on the bottom of the chicken).
If you want to add the apricot sauce for topping when the chicken is done, you need to mix the apricot preserves with the mustard in a small bowel. Place in refrigerator to chill until ready to serve.
For the side dishes I made rice or quinoa to go under the chicken and I also sauteed some fresh vegetables on my stove top in a little olive oil with some seasonings.
Once chicken is done place it upon your rice or quinoa and then top with apricot sauce if desired and then serve with veggies. I hope you like this recipe. Let me know what you think of it. Have a wonderful day! :)