Oven-fried chicken coated in a crispy coconut flake and panko crust with a red-hot Asian-inspired chili sauce to liven things up. The recipe comes together pretty quickly to make a delicious meal without a lot of work or cook time.
The sticky-sweet sauce is 4-ingredient-simple and simmers away on the stove as the chicken bakes with rice wine vinegar, sugar, soy sauce and red pepper flakes. Lots of red pepper making this fiery hot and slightly sweet with a vinegary bite to it.
Naturally sweet and savory coconut mixed with toasted panko forms the crunchiest coating when baked. It’s the next best thing to frying. On its own the coating doesn’t have much flavor – it definitely needs the sauce to be complete.
This is great served with rice, sauteed spinach or a different green, string beans or you can easily turn it into a tasty noodle bowl with rice noodles.
Oven-fried chicken coated in a crispy coconut flake and panko crust with a red-hot Asian-inspired chili sauce to liven them up.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease or line with parchment a large, rimmed cookie sheet or metal baking pan.
- Toast the panko in a dry skillet set over medium - low heat stirring often until lightly golden. Remove to a wide, shallow dish and combine with the coconut flakes.
- Put the flour on a big plate. Whisk the eggs in a wide, shallow bowl with a tablespoon or two of water.
- If using chicken breasts pound them out between two pieces of plastic wrap using a mallet to an even thickness.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Working one at a time using tongs dredge the chicken in flour, then egg allowing the excess to drip off then into the coconut flakes, patting them on with your hands to get them stick.
- Place them on the baking sheet and bake 12 - 25 minutes depending on their size until their juices run clear and they reach an internal temperature of 165 - 174 degrees F.
- Add all the sauce ingredients to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Maintain a simmer and cook 10 minutes, stirring often.
- Once the chicken is cooked remove to a platter and drizzle with sauce or serve the sauce on the side like a dipping sauce.
Sauce adapted from My Recipes
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