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Air Fryer Coconut Chicken Tenders Recipe

If you’re anything like me, always on the hunt for that perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and absolutely crispy, then do I have a treat for you! We’re talking about a dish that’s going to change the way you look at chicken dinners: Air Fryer Coconut Chicken Tenders.

This easy dinner recipe combines the tropical goodness of coconut with the convenience of your trusty air fryer, making it a surefire hit for both the adults and the picky eaters in your home.

Imagine biting into a piece of chicken that’s encased in a golden brown, really crispy crumb coating, with a hint of coconut flavor that just sings. Welp, dream no more, because that’s exactly what you’re getting with this recipe.

Air Fryer Coconut Chicken Ingredients

Salt & pepper
Cayenne pepper
Sweetened coconut flakes
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Panko breadcrumbs
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Olive oil
Sweet chili sauce


Q: Can I make this recipe with coconut shrimp instead of chicken? A: Absolutely! Swap out the chicken for shrimp to enjoy a delightful twist on the classic coconut shrimp, following the same simple steps.

Q: What’s the best way to serve these coconut chicken tenders? A: These tenders are perfect as a main dish served with a side of jasmine rice or a fresh salad. Don’t forget your favorite dipping sauce – sweet chili sauce or a spicy combo of sriracha sauce and mayonnaise works wonders.

Q: How should I store leftovers? A: Keep any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. They’ll stay delicious for up to 3 days. To reheat, just pop them back in the air fryer to keep that crispy texture.

Where to Serve

These air fryer coconut chicken tenders are versatile enough to star in your next dinner party or to spice up a casual weeknight meal. They’re a hit at children’s parties too, offering a healthier alternative to deep-fried food without sacrificing flavor.

Pair this coconut chicken with these amazing sauces!


Leftovers? No problem! Store these crispy delights in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They’ll keep their charm for up to three days. When you’re ready for round two, reheat them in the air fryer to bring back that irresistible crispy coating.

Tips for Making This Recipe with Kids

  • Get them involved: Let the kids help with dipping the chicken pieces into the egg mixture, flour mixture, and then the coconut mixture. It’s a fun, hands-on way to get them excited about cooking.
  • Teach them about safety: Explain the importance of washing hands after handling raw chicken and why we don’t eat it before it’s cooked.
  • Customize the spice level: If your kids aren’t fans of spicy food, you can adjust the amount of cayenne pepper and chili powder to suit their taste.

Why This Recipe Works

This coconut chicken recipe is a winner for several reasons:

  • It’s healthier: Air frying uses significantly less oil than traditional frying methods, making these chicken tenders a healthier option without compromising on the crispy texture we all love.
  • Flavor-packed: The combination of sweet coconut flakes, spicy cayenne pepper, and savory garlic and onion powders creates a taste profile that’s complex and satisfying.
  • Kid-friendly: This recipe is a fantastic way to introduce more flavors to picky eaters in a fun and familiar form.
  • Easy cleanup: One of the best parts of air frying? Minimal cleanup. No dealing with splatters of hot oil or multiple pots and pans.

By following these simple steps, you’ll have a batch of crispy coconut chicken tenders that are sure to impress. Whether it’s for a quick family dinner or as a second dish at your next gathering, these tenders are bound to become one of your favorite meals.

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Easy Air Fryer Coconut Chicken
Yield: 12-15 chicken pieces

Easy Air Fryer Coconut Chicken

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Dive into a tropical twist on a classic with this Air Fryer Coconut Chicken recipe! Enjoy crispy, golden chicken pieces coated in a sweet coconut and panko mixture, all with the ease of air frying.


  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 cups sweetened coconut
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into cubes


  1. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees and spray the basket lightly with nonstick spray 
  2. In one bowl mix the cornstarch, cayenne, and salt & pepper until well combined 
  3. In a separate bowl beat the eggs 
  4. Place the coconut in a third bowl 
  5. Dip the chicken in the cornstarch mixture, then the egg, and lastly in the coconut 
  6. Place the chicken on the basket and cook for 10-15 minutes depending on your air fryer 
  7. Serve with a sauce of choice and enjoy! 

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 390Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 115mgSodium 270mgCarbohydrates 39gFiber 5gSugar 19gProtein 19g

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