These gluten-free, dairy-free Coconut Chicken fingers are baked not fried and served with a delicious peanut dipping sauce, that’s good enough to eat on its own!
4 chicken breast cut into 1 inch strips
170g desiccated coconut
1 large egg, beaten
1 tsp. Dijon honey mustard
sea salt and white pepper
6 tbsp. almond milk
6 tbsp. smooth peanut butter,
2 tbsp. sweet chili sauce
2 tbsp. orange juice, smooth
1 tbsp. tamari soy sauce (gluten-free)
toasted sesame seeds
1 handful roasted peanuts
Preparation time – 40 mins, cooking time – 25 -30 mins
Preheat the oven to 400°F, gas mark 6, 200°C (180°C fan-assisted).
Line a large baking tray with My Relationship with Food silicon baking mat or parchment paper.
Cut the chicken breast into 1-inch wide strips. In a large oval dish add the cornflour and season generously with paprika, white pepper, sea salt and garlic granules and mix well. Place all the strips into the seasoned corn-flour and make sure all the fillets are cover in the flour.
In a separate bowl beat the egg, and add 1 tsp. Dijon honey mustard.
On a flat large plate, scatter the desiccated coconut, dip the seasoned chicken strips into the egg mixture and then press into desiccated coconut on both sides, then place on the pre-lined tray, repeat with all the pieces of chicken.
Bake in the pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes, turn the chicken pieces over after the first 12-15 minutes.
To make the dipping sauce, in a mixing bowl add the almond milk, peanut butter and mix together. Then add the sweet chili sauce, orange juice and soy sauce, continue to mix until smooth.
Serve on a platter with shredded lettuce, serve the dipping sauce in small bowls topped with toasted crushed peanuts and sesame seeds.
LISA’S TIP – Healthy eating doesn’t mean giving up on family favourites. I love to take classic recipes and turn then into a healthy version. In this case I’ve made them gluten-free, dairy –free and not deep-fried. Once made you can eat straight away, or serve in a wrap or slice up and top a salad. This sauce is yum, yum, delicious. It is also great as a topping for a plain grilled piece of chicken, as a dip for fresh veggies or licked right off the spoon!