Crispy Smoked Chicken Breast Strips with Sweet Chili Sauce

Hello 2013!  Yes, I’ve been M.I.A. since late December.  I have a good reason though….   Over the last two weeks, I’ve made a lot of changes in my diet.  Although my food blogging journey was about reducing my trips through a drive-thru, I never claimed that it was low-cal or low-fat.  Like many of my readers, the start of a New Year was a time for resolutions.  My resolution?  Clean up my diet while still keeping things delicious and homemade– and hopefully lose some pounds along the way.  In the last two weeks, I’m already down 8 pounds. Yippee!  

So, this is why I’ve been absent.  While I was getting my body used to less food and a different “style” of food, I tried to keep things pretty simple.  Certainly nothing I cooked during this time was really worthy of being on the blog.  I promise that will change.  Now that I’ve moved into “life must go on even while Melanie is on a diet” mode, I commit to being back here on a regular basis.  What will you see?  You’ll likely see a few more recipes that are a bit more healthy as well as more flavorful from spices and marinades.  Don’t worry— I still have a family that has zero interest in healthy eating, so I’m sure I’ll be baking and making some not-so-low-cal meals and posting those, too.

Anyway, back to today’s post.  It was great timing to have my first post of 2013 be for the “first birthday” of the Sunday Supper movement!  I can’t even begin to tell you how much Sunday Supper has changed my life!  I’m continually inspired by the wonderful women and men that make up the group.  Their talents, both in and out of the kitchen, are a force to be reckoned with….

We are celebrating this week’s birthday event by choosing recipes from contributors that have inspired us in the past year.  It was tough to choose, but I wanted to honor Sarah Lee from Crispy Bits and Burnt Ends for all the help that she’s given me over the past few months.  She’s an amazing cook and a fabulous photographer.  

One of her recipes, Crispy Coconut Smoked Chicken Strips with Sweet Chili Sauce, was really well received and got a ton of re-pins on Pinterest.  I really wanted to try it, but with my new eating plan, I knew that I couldn’t fry it like she did… so, I decided to lighten it up a bit.  My version is below, but if you’re not counting calories and don’t mind the oil, definitely try the original version.  I also used Sriracha in my sweet chili sauce instead of Sambal.  I have an unhealthy addiction to Sriracha. I can’t help it.


  • chicken breast, cut into thin strips
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup panko crumbs
  • 1/3 shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp sriracha

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with foil and generously spray with non-stick vegetable oil cooking spray.  In a medium bowl, mix the panko crumbs and coconut.  Take the chicken strips and dredge them in the beaten egg whites and then immediately dredge them in the panko/coconut mixture, coating well.  Place strips on the lined baking sheet.  Spray each strip with a spray of non-stick vegetable oil cooking spray.  Bake for approximately 20 minutes, turning the chicken strips midway during baking while respraying the other side with more non-stick vegetable oil cooking spray.

Additionally, you can use an offset smoker to cook the chicken strips for more flavorful and delicious results.

While the chicken is baking, prepare the sauce in a small saucepan by combining the orange juice, ketchup, honey and sriracha.  Bring to a low boil, reduce heat, and simmer for approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat and serve with the crispy coconut chicken.

Make sure you stop by the other Sunday Supper Contributors to see what inspires them!  I can’t wait to see everyone’s twists on each others meals!

Sunday Supper Appetizers:
Hot Spinach Parmesan Dip by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks inspired by Comfy Cuisine
So Simple Pizza Puffs by The Weekend Gourmet inspired by Hip Foodie Mom
Pepperoni and Mozzarella Pull Apart by Noshing With The Nolands inspired by In the Kitchen with KP
Sunday Supper Soups and Breads:
Lasagna Soup by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen inspired by Cravings of a Lunatic
Easy Italian Wedding Soup by Webicurean inspired by Family Foodie
Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Soup by Damn Delicious inspired by Cupcakes and Kale Chips
Honey Butter Dinner Rolls by Dinners, Dishes and Desserts inspired by Chocolate Moosey
Chicken Noodle Soup by Big Bears Wife inspired by My Catholic Kitchen
Tomato Florentine Soup by Mama Mommy Mom inspired by The Meltaways
Chicken Soup with Dumplings by Comfy Cuisine inspired by The Messy Baker
Coconut Curry Chicken Soup by My Trials in the Kitchen inspired by Damn Delicious
Sunday Supper Main Dishes:
Portuguese Mussels and Shrimp in Chorizo Sauce by Supper for a Steal inspired by Family Foodie
(GlutenFree) Chicken Bruschetta by The Meltaways inspired by Family Foodie
Feijoada Portuguese Bean Stew by Kimchi Mom inspired by Family Foodie
Lentils and Chorizo Stew by Galactosemia in PDX inspired by Vintage Kitchen
Carnitas Pizza w/ Chipotle-Avocado Crema by girlichef inspired by Damn Delicious
Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas by Country Girl in the Village inspired by Webicurean
Drunken Meatballs by Small Wallet Big Appetite inspired by The Foodie Army Wife
Goat Cheese Rigatoni Alfredo by Magnolia Days inspired by Family Foodie
Beef Stroganoff by What Smells So Good? inspired by From Fast Food to Fresh Food
Dorie’s Chicken-in-the-Pot by Hip Foodie Mom inspired by Gotta Get Baked
Pulled Pickled Pork by Juanita’s Cocina inspired by Daily Dish Recipes
Hoisin Asian Meatballs by Gotta Get Baked inspired by Damn Delicious
Shrimp-Stuffed Twice Baked Potatoes by Daily Dish Recipes inspired by Juanita’s Cocina
Soy, Orange Juice and Red Wine Marinade by Peanut Butter and Peppers inspired by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Chicken Burger with Curried Cabbage Slaw by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings inspired by Soni’s Food
Corn and Basil Handpies by Curious Cuisiniere inspired by Vintage Kitchen Notes
Lightened Up Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken by Cupcakes and Kale Chips inspired by The Meltaways
Jalapeño Popper Chicken Chili by Food Lust People inspired by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Bigos by Maroc Mama inspired by From Fast Food to Fresh Food
Crispy Coconut Chicken Strips with Sweet Chili Sauce by From Fast Food to Fresh Food inspired by Crispy Bits and Burnt Ends
Pork Loin with Port Shallot Sauce by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen inspired by Vintage Kitchen Notes
Sweet & Tender Brisket by Daddy Knows Less inspired by Juanita’s Cocina
Fish Tacos by Cookistry inspired by Little Ferraro Kitchen
Homemade Harissa by Masala Herb inspired by The Wimpy Vegetarian
Spicy Seoulful Pulled Pork Sandwiches by Family Foodie inspired by Kimchi Mom
New Orleans Style White Beans & Rice by Catholic Foodie inspired by The Hand that Rocks the Ladle
Spice Rubbed Chicken Tacos with Tropical Salsa by The Urban Mrs. inspired by Family Foodie
Mac n Cheese Cups with Pork Shoulder Ragu by Crispy Pieces and Burnt Ends inspired by Hip Foodie Mom
Paella by My Cute Bride inspired by What Smells So Good?
Sunday Supper Veggies:
Carrots au Gratin by Shockingly Delicious inspired by Juanita’s Cocina
Skillet Spinach Corn with Edamame, Cilantro & Bacon Bits by The Lovely Pantry inspired by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
SundaySupper Desserts and Snacks:
Chocolate Brownie Tart by That Skinny Chick Can Bake inspired by Magnolia Days
Mexican Hot Cocoa Sandwich Cookies by Chocolate Moosey inspired by Juanita’s Cocina
Cinnamon Apple Chimichangas by La Cocina de Leslie inspired by Juanita’s Cocina
Apple Pull Apart Bread with Caramel Drizzle by Cravings of a Lunatic inspired by Gotta Get Baked
Cherry Tart by Happy Baking Days inspired by Vintage Kitchen
Orange Rolls by No One Likes Crumbley Cookies inspired by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Caramel Apple Bread by The Foodie Army Wife inspired by Fam Friends Food
Rosettes by Simply Gourmet inspired by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Pumpkin Donut Puffs by Soni’s Food inspired by Daily Dish Recipes
Chocolate Chip Cut-out Cookies by Basic and Delicious inspired by Chocolate Moosey
Nutella Shortbread Bars by Kelly Bakes inspired by Baker Street
Butterscotch Pudding Triple Chip Cookies by Mom’s Test Kitchen inspired by Dinner Dishes and Desserts
Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream by The Messy Baker Blog inspired by Cravings of a Lunatic
Coconut Cranberry Honey Nut Cookies by Mama’s Blissful Bites inspired by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
Angel Cake Sandwiches by Ninja Baker inspired by That Skinny Girl Can Bake
Soft Pretzels with Spicy Beer Cheese Sauce by Vintage Kitchen inspired by girlichef
Sweet N Spicy Roasted Spiced Nuts by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz inspired by The Foodie Army Wife
Sunday Supper Breakfast Faves:
Spiced Pumpkin Ricotta Oat Muffins by In the Kitchen with Audrey inspired by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
Budget Friendly Breakfast Freezable Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sandwiches by In the Kitchen with KP inspired by Big Bear’s Wife
Raspberry Hot Chocolate by My Catholic Kitchen inspired by Momma’s Meals
Sunday Supper Wine Pairings by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

We are excited to announce a New Addition: Tablescape by An Appealing Plan, Anniversay Dinner featuring Cheesecake with Fresh Berries orginally posted by The Messy Baker Blog

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