Sunday, January 13, 2013

Crispy Coconut Chicken Strips with Sweet Chili Sauce #SundaySupper

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 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.



Ingredients
  • 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

Directions
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.

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!

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Sunday Supper Breakfast Faves:
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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26 comments:

  1. Love this healthy version of chicken strips and I am sure it is way tastier than anything you could get from a drive-thru! Best of luck with your new program and I look forward to your spiced up recipes.

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  2. Your Crispy Coconut Chicken Strips look sooo good, Melanie. Love the combo of sweet coconut with the spicy sriracha and the always wonderful welcoming crispy chicken.

    Congrats, too, on the healthier and lighter you.

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  3. I love coconut chicken and the sauce, oh yes please!! Love it!!

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  4. Yumm so goo d- the sauce sounds fabulous too.

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  5. My daughter would devour these in one second. She is all over these flavors right now!!

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  6. Yum!! I remember when Sarah posted these, and I liked them then. Now I really need to get my butt in gear and make them!

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  7. We go though a bottle of sriracha every few months. I use it instead of tobasco. My family thinks I'm crazy! LOL!

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  8. So happy to hear you are moving to a healthier, more family cooking and a focus on smarter ingredients. Congrats. It's a great change and this recipe - baking instead of deep frying - is one example of how great food can taste with a simple change.

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  9. Oh these chicken strips look so crunchy and delicious! YUM!

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  10. I have that addiction to sriracha too. I put it on everything. My husband just laughs cause I'm always adding it to what he thinks is strange. I even have a cookbook for it and need to explore some of those recipes too.

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  11. THese look so amazing. Good for you for losing 8lbs so awesome! I'm trying to provide some healthier recipes too, but there is so much temptation for butter and fats lol

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  12. Love coconut chicken! I'm going to have to make this :) Congrats to you for losing 8lbs in two weeks--that's wonderful!!

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  13. This looks really delicious! I love coconut chicken and the chili sauce seems right for it. I can't wait to try the recipe and eat it.

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  14. I needed you the other day when I wanted to do baked chicken strips but was afraid they wouldnt come out crispy enough for a blog post. Also keep up the great work with eating healthier! Lord knows I sure don't with a cheesecake and pie in the fridge right now.

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  15. Oh I've wanting to try these ever since Sarah posted them!Love the addition of Sriracha and I cannot wait to try it :)

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  16. Congrats!! And nummy dinner too ;-)

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  17. Well done on the weight-loss already. I too am trying to loose the weight that has slowly creeped back up on me over this past year so I love the idea of a lighter version of this recipe. Good luck!

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  18. Great job on your weight loss journey. This dish looks amazing. Who could feel like they were dieting eating this!

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  19. Cograts on the loss of 8 pounds, Melanie - what an amazing accomplishment! Seriously, I know how hard it is to lose weight by making lasting changes to one's diet (in other words, my changes never last) and exercise. I'm behind you all the way on your journey! I love this healthier take on Sarah's tantalizing chicken strips. It looks fabulous!

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  20. Great endeavor on healthy eating! I really have to try this recipe! I'm sure it'll be a hit with the kidlings here!

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  21. I wouldn't mind sinking my teeth into some of these. Yum!

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  22. First thank you so much for your kind words Melanie. I am so happy to have met you and call you my friend. Second, congrats on making the decision to become healthy. I know that the first few weeks are the toughest. I was so moody and crabby. I was mad at everyone else for eating what I wanted to eat. But I promise you it will get better. Before you know it, your healthy eating style will become second nature. Third, I totally apprecite your healthy take on my recipe. I would love to make this dish again with the healthy adjustments. You will always have my support and I will cheer you on from Illinois!

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  23. Congratulations on your weight lost, Melanie! This crispy coconut chicken strips looks so good and perfect for my house warming party!

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  24. Oh, I like that you baked the chicken strips. That is a great idea. I have made them before as well but fried them - next time I will bake them as well :) I was laughing reading your post as I also have a serious addiction to Siracha ;) ~ Bea @ galactosemia in PDX

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  25. Looks delicious, and I totally relate to your Sriracha addiction!!
    Allie from http://theurbanfeast.wordpress.com/

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