Here's a crunchy treat with lots of flavor; high protein, antioxidants in nuts and low saturated fat -- an alternative to deep-fried chicken.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

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  • Put yogurt in a small bowl, and set aside. In a shallow pie plate, combine coconut, panko and pecans.

  • Dip chicken strips in yogurt to cover, then roll in panko mixture. Place strips on an oil-sprayed baking sheet. Spray top of chicken. Bake 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350, and bake 15 more minutes. Check that coating browns but does not burn. If desired, broil 2 minutes for an even crunchier top.

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Nutrition Facts

286 calories; 11.2 g total fat; 67 mg cholesterol; 190 mg sodium. 18.7 g carbohydrates; 31.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/24/2007
This was a favorite with everyone in my house. After reading the reviews that the chicken needed a bit more of a kick I added 1/4 tsp. curry (since it goes so well with coconut) a dash of red pepper and a little garlic to my chopper while everything was grinding. I also kept my chicken breasts whole and double dipped them in the coating so they'd be nice and crunchy and cooked them on a rack on a baking sheet so I wouldn't have to flip them. Even the people that don't like coconut liked this one--I gound everything so finely they could only taste the sweetness of the nuts without the texture that they don't like. After my alterations it is 5 stars all the way. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/05/2011
This had zero flavor and didn't crisp up. I was expecting it to have a sweet "crust" like on coconut shrimp and this wasn't even close. The yogurt gave it an almost sour flavor. Read More
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72 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 33
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
11/24/2007
This was a favorite with everyone in my house. After reading the reviews that the chicken needed a bit more of a kick I added 1/4 tsp. curry (since it goes so well with coconut) a dash of red pepper and a little garlic to my chopper while everything was grinding. I also kept my chicken breasts whole and double dipped them in the coating so they'd be nice and crunchy and cooked them on a rack on a baking sheet so I wouldn't have to flip them. Even the people that don't like coconut liked this one--I gound everything so finely they could only taste the sweetness of the nuts without the texture that they don't like. After my alterations it is 5 stars all the way. Read More
(17)
Rating: 4 stars
11/24/2007
This was a favorite with everyone in my house. After reading the reviews that the chicken needed a bit more of a kick I added 1/4 tsp. curry (since it goes so well with coconut) a dash of red pepper and a little garlic to my chopper while everything was grinding. I also kept my chicken breasts whole and double dipped them in the coating so they'd be nice and crunchy and cooked them on a rack on a baking sheet so I wouldn't have to flip them. Even the people that don't like coconut liked this one--I gound everything so finely they could only taste the sweetness of the nuts without the texture that they don't like. After my alterations it is 5 stars all the way. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2010
This was exceptional! I did a 'search' for 'chicken' and 'yogurt' and came up w/ this recipe. I substituted stuffing mix unsweetened shredded fresh coconut and walnuts (what I had on hand) and I was delighted with the results! Nice and crispy with a delicate coconut flavor enhanced by the herbs in the stuffing mix. The walnuts toasted up nicely and added another layer of flavor. This one's a keeper -- don't be afraid to play with the ingredients. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/23/2008
This dish was very easy to make and fairly tasty. However I agree that it needs a little extra "something" to give it more punch. After reading the reviews I added a pinch of garlic and 1/4 tsp. curry powder to the dry mix before coating the chicken. I also added salt and pepper. The final product had a nice crunchy texture and wasn't too sweet at all. We liked it quite a bit but it did seem to need some extra seasoning. I like the idea of this recipe enough that I'll probably continue to experiment with it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/08/2006
This recipe was great because it's healthful and is relatively quick to prepare. The texture and aroma are nice but it does lack a bit in flavor; lightly sprinkle soy sauce on the cooked chicken and you'll be all set. Side note: I used the recipe for "Quick Sesame Green Beans" as a side dish and it complimented the chicken nicely. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/05/2011
This had zero flavor and didn't crisp up. I was expecting it to have a sweet "crust" like on coconut shrimp and this wasn't even close. The yogurt gave it an almost sour flavor. Read More
(6)
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Rating: 4 stars
12/13/2006
A great light meal. Perfect with rice pilaf and steamed sugar snap peas. I used boneless skinless chicken breast and cooked at 450 for 15 min then flipped and lowered to 350 for 35-40 mins. I also sprinkled some garlic powder. Very good! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2010
When I rate recipes I rate the recipe and comments together. I never follow a recipe exact anyway. I found these to be fantastic. My husband loved them and thought they were better than any homemade "breaded" chicken he's ever had. I made these using chicken tenders. I didn't have yogurt so I used a beaten egg with a little soy sauce to add salty flavor. I ground the pecans and coconut with a little curry and garlic powder before tossing the mixture with the panko. Then I baked them as directed. Great. I didn't have the fixings but these would also be delicious on a salad with asian dressing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2008
This is officially my favourite way to eat chicken YUM! I had a bunch of pecans and a bunch of coconut and needed a way to use them. I had this brainstorm that they'd taste good with chicken and found this recipe using the ingredient search. I took the suggestions of other reviewers - added a tsp. of curry paste to the yogurt and some garlic powder to the breading. Unfortunately I didn't have panko but I know it would just be that much yummier with panko! (I used regular bread crumbs instead). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2011
Very tasty! Very Crispy! The whole family loved these! Read More
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