Coconut Popcorn Chicken (Oven & Air Fryer) with Thai Chili Sauce

Toasted shreds of coconut decorate the surface of this tasty Popcorn Chicken recipe. Best enjoyed fresh from the oven, these tasty morsels are great anytime anywhere. I would suggest enjoying your first bite naked so you can appreciate how darn good these really are. As good as these are naked, do not sip this must try dip. The dip is so savory and is perfectly matched for the sweetness of the coconut flavored tender chunks of chicken. Once I tried the dip I could not have a bite without it. Enjoy these with salad, white rice or as a protein inspired snack. My family really enjoys recipes that bring coconut and chicken together. Add the dip and this popcorn chicken was an instant hit and was gone in no time.

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Clean, pat the chicken breasts dry with paper towel(s). Cut the breasts into 1″-1.5″cubes.

Coat the chicken cubes with cornstarch (shake off the excess).

Drench the chicken in the beaten eggs. Then coat with coconut flakes. Transfer to a plate/cutting board. Continue with the rest of the chicken. Generously coat entire surface of the chicken with cooking spray.

Oven: Place parchment paper on the baking sheet. Add coconut chicken and bake for 15- 20 minutes. Flipping halfway through (after 10 minutes).

Air Fryer: Place coconut chicken in the basket. Cook for 10 minutes or until flakes are toasted.

Flipping half way through (after 5-6 minutes). (Depending on the size of your air fryer: repeat this step as necessary).

Mix the two ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside until ready to eat.

Serve & enjoy!

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Coconut Popcorn Chicken (Oven & Air Fryer) with Thai Chili Sauce

Delicious coconut infused breading over tender juicy chunks of succulent chicken create taste explosions with this Thai Chili Sauce.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 11 mins
Total Time 16 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, Asian, Thai
Servings 6
Calories

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs chicken breast
  • 3 cups sweeten coconut flakes
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 2 extra large eggs or 3 large eggs beaten

Thai Chili Sauce

  • ½ cup sweet Thai chili sauce
  • 2 tbsp ketchup

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven or air fryer to 400°F.
  • Clean, pat the chicken breasts dry with paper towel(s). Cut the breasts into 1"-1.5"cubes.
  • Coat the chicken cubes with cornstarch (shake off the excess). Drench the chicken in the beaten eggs. Then coat with coconut flakes. Transfer to a plate/cutting board. Continue with the rest of the chicken. Generously coat entire surface of the chicken with cooking spray.
  • Oven: Place parchment paper on the baking sheet. Add coconut chicken and bake for 15- 20 minutes. Flipping halfway through (after 10 minutes).
    Air Fryer: Place coconut chicken in the basket. Cook for 10 minutes or until flakes are toasted. Flipping half way through (after 5-6 minutes). (Depending on the size of your air fryer: repeat this step as necessary).

Sauce

  • Mix the two ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside until ready to eat.

Serve & enjoy!

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