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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Crispy Coconut Chicken Strips with Pineapple Ginger Sauce and Coconut Rice

*Disclaimer - This is a sponsored post by Tyson and The Daily Meal. Recipes and opinions are 100% my own.*

Baby its cold outside! And what do we do when it gets cold and dreary out? We start daydreaming of sunny days, sandy beaches, warm blue waters, and start planning our summer vacations.

But I have a quicker and much tastier escape from these cold winter days that doesn't cost as much but reminds you of summer. I’m sharing with you my recipe for Crispy Coconut Chicken Strips with a Pineapple Ginger sauce for dipping and Coconut Rice.

You know how I L-O-V-E my coconut and I especially love it when I get to use it in new ways.

The creamy coconut and juicy pineapple flavors will whisk you away to the tropics, making you wish summer would hurry up and get here already. Especially those of you who live in the northeast corner of the country that’s blanketed with snow.

I simplified this recipe by using Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips instead of raw chicken. Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips are not only made with 100% all natural ingredients but they’re also fully cooked when you buy them to help simplify your time in the kitchen. Not only do they make a quick and healthy meal for the family, but they also make for easy and nutritious after school snacks for the kids.

And let’s not forget about this weekend’s Superbowl party, where you can serve them with any type of dipping sauce from Ranch, barbeque, to my Pineapple Ginger sauce to satisfy any manly craving.

Anywho, back to the recipes I'm sharing with you, no matter what the weather is like outside, these Crispy Coconut Chicken Strips with Pineapple Ginger sauce will whisk you and your family away to the tropics with just one scrumptious bite.

 Reminding you again, that summer days are just a few months away.

Crispy Coconut Chicken Strips

Ingredients for Crispy Coconut Chicken Strips

1 package Tyson’s Crispy Chicken Strips

1 – 14 ounce bag flaked, sweetened coconut

Egg whites, 1 egg per 2 pieces of chicken strips

Honey for drizzling, at least 6 ounces

Directions for making Crispy Coconut Chicken Strips

Preheat oven to 400F degrees.

Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Place chicken strips on prepared cookie sheets and cook for 20 minutes at 400F degrees.

Remove from oven.

Place egg whites in a small mug. Set aside.

Pour flaked coconut onto a clean plate.

After removing chicken strips from oven (be careful not to burn your fingers) cut strips into 2 to 3 inch pieces.

Grab a chicken piece and gently brush entire strip with egg white.

Drizzle a little honey over sides of chicken strip.

Roll coated chicken strip in flaked coconut until strip is covered.

Place back on cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Place back into the oven for 10-14 minutes, turning strips over halfway through after 5-7 minutes, so the bottoms can brown.

Remove from oven after 10-14 minutes or until coconut flakes are lightly browned.

Let cool for 5 minutes before serving. Remove from sheet with flat spatula.

Best served with pineapple ginger dipping sauce and Coconut rice.

Pineapple Ginger Sauce

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients for Pineapple Ginger Sauce

1 and 1/2 cups pineapple chunks with juice

Juice of 2 limes

4 Tablespoons brown sugar, packed

2 teaspoons ground ginger

4 Tablespoons pineapple jam

2 Tablespoons molasses

Dash of red crushed peppers (optional)*

Directions for Pineapple Ginger Sauce

Place pineapple + juice, lime juice, brown sugar, and ginger into a blender and puree until all ingredients are blended. Pour into a small saucepan.

Add in pineapple jam, molasses, and red pepper flakes*

Over medium heat, bring to a boil. Once boiling turn heat down to low and simmer for another 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pour into small bowls for dipping.

Coconut Rice

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients for Coconut Rice

1 and ½ cups Jasmine rice

1 – 15 ounce can coconut milk

1 cup water

3 fresh basil leaves, washed and coarsely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

½ teaspoon sea salt

Directions for Coconut Rice

Add all ingredients into a medium saucepan. Stir together over medium heat. Bring to a boil.

Turn heat down to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, remove from heat and let sit for 15 minutes, still covered, before stirring.

Serve warm.

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