Air Fryer Coconut Chicken


These coconut-panko crusted chicken strips are crispy, crunchy, and oil-free. The chicken strips are double dipped in egg and in the coconut-panko mixture to ensure crispiness. Cooked in an air fryer they are ready in just a few minutes. They are moist and tender on the inside. Serve with or without your choice of dipping sauce.

close up view of Air Fryer Coconut Chicken served with fresh herbs and sauce in a sauce cup
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
4 servings


  • ½ cup canned coconut milk

  • ½ cup pineapple juice

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • nonstick cooking spray


  1. Place coconut milk, pineapple juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, Sriracha sauce, and ginger in a medium sized bowl and whisk to combine. Add chicken strips and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.

  2. Preheat an air fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  3. Whisk eggs in a bowl. Combine shredded coconut, panko, salt, and pepper in a separate bowl.

  4. Remove chicken strips from the marinade and shake off excess. Discard the remaining marinade. Dip chicken strips in beaten egg, then in coconut-panko mixture, then again in egg mixture, and again in coconut-panko mixture, double dipping and double coating each strip.

  5. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray.

  6. Place breaded chicken strips in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not touching; work in batches if necessary.

  7. Cook for 6 minutes, flip strips, and continue cooking until lightly browned and toasted, 4 to 6 minutes more.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

418 Calories
17g Fat
41g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 418
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 158mg 53%
Sodium 1493mg 65%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 425mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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