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Coconut Chicken Salad with Warm Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

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Warm oven-fried crispy coconut chicken strips over a bed of baby greens, cucumber, tomato, and shredded carrots topped with a warm honey mustard vinaigrette – the perfect mix of salty and sweet and hot and cold.

Warm Coconut Chicken Salad
Coconut Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

I’m not sure what it is about spring – maybe the thought of having to get into a bathing suit in just a few months, or perhaps it’s just the sunshine that switches my brain from wanting fewer soups and stews and more large entree salads. This Coconut Chicken Salad has plenty of protein to keep me satisfied, and the warmth of the chicken doesn’t leave me feeling like I’m missing something. It’s perfect for lunch or dinner. More of my favorite warm chicken salads are this BBQ Chicken Salad and Grilled Romaine, Corn, and Chicken Salad with Salsa Dressing.

Warm Coconut Chicken Tender Salad

How to Make Coconut Chicken

Chicken tenders for dinner are never a bad idea. Here they’re coated in panko, crushed corn flakes and shredded coconut. Served over a big salad, and a warm honey mustard dressing.

  1. Prep: Put the egg whites in one shallow bowl and the coconut, panko, cornflakes, and salt in another.
  2. Coat: Lightly season the chicken with salt, dip in the egg whites, and cover it with the cornflake mixture.
  3. Bake: Place the chicken on a parchment-lined baking sheet, spray with olive oil, and bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees, turning halfway.

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Ingredients

This warm honey mustard vinaigrette is super simple to make. Besides honey and Dijon mustard, you’ll just need white wine vinegar and olive oil. Whisk the ingredients together and heat in the microwave.


  • Protein: If you don’t have chicken tenders, buy a pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts and cut them into strips. If you don’t want to use chicken, swap it for coconut shrimp or fish sticks, like cod or flounder, cut into strips.
  • Air Fryer: You can also cook this chicken tenders in the air fryer: Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees and cook the strips for five to six minutes on each side.
  • Cornflakes: I think the cornflake crumbs give the chicken a nice, crispy texture, but if you don’t want to buy a whole box for this recipe, you can double the panko or use corn Chex or unseasoned breadcrumbs.
  • Gluten-Free Coconut Chicken: Use gluten-free panko and cornflakes. Not all brands of cornflakes are gluten-free, so double check the package.
  • Coconut: If you don’t have sweetened coconut, unsweetened will work.
  • Eggs: If you’re allergic to eggs, coat the chicken in Dijon or mayonnaise to get the crumbs to stick.
  • Vinegar: If you don’t have white wine vinegar, sub it with apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.
  • Salad Ingredients: You can use any salad ingredients that you have on hand. Use kale or arugula as the base, and add fruits and veggies, like avocado, mango, or bell pepper.

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Coconut Chicken Salad with Warm Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

4.88 from 41 votes
Warm oven-fried coconut chicken tenders over a bed of baby greens, cucumber, tomato, shredded carrots topped with a hot honey mustard vinaigrette.
Course: Dinner, Salad
Cuisine: American
Warm Coconut Chicken Salad
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Yield: 3 servings
Serving Size: 1 salad with 2 chicken tenders


  • 6 chicken tenderloins, (about 12 oz)
  • 6 tbsp shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup panko crumbs, or GF panko
  • 2 tbsp corn flake crumbs, crushed
  • 1/3 cup egg whites, beaten
  • pinch salt
  • olive oil spray
  • 6 cups mixed baby greens
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced

For the Vinaigrette:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar, balsamic would work too
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard


  • Whisk all vinaigrette ingredients; set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Combine coconut flakes, panko, cornflake crumbs and salt in a bowl.
  • Put egg whites or egg beaters in another bowl.
  • Lightly season chicken with salt. Dip the chicken in the egg, then in the coconut crumb mixture.
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  • Place chicken on a cookie sheet lined with parchment for easy cleanup. Lightly spray with olive oil spray and bake for 25 to 30 minutes turning halfway, or until chicken is cooked through.
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  • Place 2 cups baby greens on each plate. Divide carrots, cucumber, tomato evenly between each plate.
  • When chicken is ready slice on the diagonal and place on top of greens.
  • Heat dressing in the microwave a few seconds and divide equally between each salad; a little over 1 tbsp each.

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Air Fryer Directions: Air Fry in a single layer 400F degrees 5 to 6 minutes on each side.


Serving: 1 salad with 2 chicken tenders, Calories: 397 kcal, Carbohydrates: 32.5 g, Protein: 27 g, Fat: 11 g, Fiber: 4.5 g, Sugar: 10 g


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239 comments on “Coconut Chicken Salad with Warm Honey Mustard Vinaigrette”

  1. Chicken was awesome!! I didn’t do the full 15 min after I flipped them bc it was already pretty cooked so I did 15/6. I also did not heat up the dressing, still tasted great. Will definitely make this again!

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    Nancy LaFalce

    We loved this recipe.  Especially the dressing(next time I’ll make more)! It’s a light and filling meal.

  3. Made this for dinner and doubled the recipe so I could have extra for the freezer. So easy and SO tasty!! This will definitely stay in the rotation for awhile! 

  4. Such a good mix of flavors!! And the warm dressing is a nice touch. The dressing is amazing!!! This will be my go to honey mustard dressing!

  5. WOW! This was so delicious and easy. All the flavors combined here were so good – the sweetness of the coconut went really nicely with the tangy dressing. Definitely going to use this coating to make coconut shrimp!

  6. Wow, this was super tasty!!! I had unsweetened coconut, large flakes. We chopped it up and added a small amount of powdered sugar. I could not find corn flake crumbs or even unsweetened corn flakes, so I used sweetened flakes. I will probably sub in some finely chopped nuts for the corn flakes next time.

  7. This was delicious! Reminded me of coconut fried shrimp which I also love. For this, I used white wine vinegar in the dressing and a bed of arugula with some Romano cheese as well.

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    Angela McDaniel

    This recipe is so delicious! My family loved this and my sons girlfriend printed and took it home to her family that enjoyed as well.

  9. Very easy to prepare, keeps well as leftovers for lunches, and is very tasty.

    I only had unsweetened coconut flakes on hand and did not make the dressing choosing to use sesame dressing instead. Chicken was juicy and flavorful!

    Going in my lunch rotation for sure!

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    Jennifer Braverman

    Is this supposed to be white vinegar or white WINE vinegar? The text says white wine vinegar but the ingredients list says white vinegar. Thanks for all the great recipes!

  11. I loved this so much. I loved the chicken and the dressing…oh wow. So delish. 

    Can’t wait for my lunch tomorrow!  Love your sight and love that you have found a way to keep us updated on our personal points. 

    Highly recommend this recipe. 

  12. The macros don’t add up to the calories – I know I can add up my own but part of the reason I like this website is there is a macro count and makes meal prepping easy. Now i am about to make them for lunch for the week and I realize they do not add up. 

    I am just curious if the calories are supposed to be lowered by 60 or are the macros higher? Thank you!

  13. This was absolutely delicious and easy to prepare. My husband loved it and he’s not really a salad for dinner guy. I am allergic to honey so I subbed in agave nectar (same amount). The dressing was really good so I made more to keep in the fridge for other days. I am going to try this coconut coating with shrimp, too.

  14. This looks yummy, have added it to my “must try” list. Might I request/suggest that your WW personal points recipe includes the link to this page in Step 1 of the instructions? THANKS!

  15. Grand Street Cafe here in Kansas City used to have a salad similar to this. It was divine!! Had it for lunch at least twice a week way back when.

  16. Are the points wrong because I inputted into the WW app and it came to be 11 pts for green and blue. I’m pretty disappointed because the meal was delicious but now I have gone over my points.

  17. Needed up marinating the chicken on light coconut milk ans used unsweetened coconut for the coating  even my very picky ds liked it. Served with jasmine rice. The warm dressing was phenomenal and I definitely did. It portion that as it was supposed to but it made th dish 

  18. This was so delish! It was very pleasing to the eye and oh so satisfying to the palate!!! This is a recipe we will male many times!!!!

  19. Try lightly coating in flour seasoned with salt/pepper or seasoned salt or garlic salt, then in beaten egg, then crumbs. The flour absorbs the moisture released during cooking. Works for me everytime.

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    Helen A Cummings

    This quickly became a family FAVORITE! My kids cannot get enough of it. I adapted it for frozen (thaw first) cod and served both at a dinner party because friends are pescatarian. Everyone loved both the chicken and the cod. I cannot recommend it enough.

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    Amanda DiGregorio

    Love the crispy chicken with the warm dressing! I started back on weight watchers and this was my jump start back into healthy meals.

  22. YUM! We often don’t have corn flakes so just use extra panko. We also don’t use sweetened coconut but unsweetened and I have to think this is better. We pan saute the chicken before putting it in the oven so we’re probably swapping sugar for fat because of the oil but I’ll take it. It turns out so crisp. Because we cook in a pan first we only need to have in the oven for about 15″ or until the meat thermometer hits 165. We love these !

  23. I love this recipe so much! It made me actually look forward to eating a salad for lunch this week. 

    Question – has anyone tried making a big batch of these and freezing them? I love it and would love to use it in my meal prep rotations. Thanks! 

  24. Corn flakes are technically not gluten free because they have malt in them. What is your suggestion for a substitution? Thanks!

      1. It does say GF, right under the title. But maybe corn chex would work? And panko is not gf either, so hopefully you gf panko or double the chex.

  25. Made the coconut chicken tonight in my air fryer. Served it with jasmine rice and stir fry veggies. I love it. Thanks Gina. 

  26. Saw this question asked many times,  but no answer. How many points for just the chicken??? The chicken is a family favorite
    So I make it all the time but want to use my own dressing for lower points. 

      1. That’s what I did. I entered the ingredients for the chicken separate from the dressing. My recipe made enough for 5 people so it equalled 3 points per serving. It all depends on your portion sizes for personal points.

        Thanks for a delicious recipe! This one is a keeper.

  27. Made this yesterday. Delicious! If you like to cook and you’re on the WW plan, this is the site for you. Every recipe I’ve made has been delicious. Your family will be satisfied without knowing they are also following the plan.. Everybody wins!

      1. Do NOT WAIT to make this! The Vinaigrette is outstanding and goes perfectly with the chicken. I actually doubled the whole recipe so we could have it more than once. My new favorite!

    1. I’m so glad you asked this question because I was searching the comments to find out why my chicken tasted a little bland and didn’t have the sweetness that everyone was describing. The answer: I just don’t know how to follow directions and I used unsweetened! ?

  28. I made this tonight and it tasted great, but did not brown at all. Any suggestions?  Has anyone done the chicken in an air fryer?

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  31. I made this tonight for dinner. My husband and I absolutely loved it! The dressing nicely balances out the sweetness of the chicken.

  32. Great recipe! The honey mustard vinaigrette was awesome and the chicken was very tasty. Have the book and this was the 2nd recipe I tried.

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  34. I made this the other night, it was sooooo good! The coconut, the dressing on the salad, everything. Great recipe!

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  36. AMAZING!!!! So good, definitely one of our favourites from the skinny taste cookbook along with the zuchnini stuffed chicken. We made up a big batch of the mustard dressing for this to keep in the fridge!

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  38. This is such a great chicken salad! I love skinnytaste recipes, but this is one of the first homemade salad dressings I’ve ever really liked at all. It perfectly complements the chicken. I toasted up a small about of coconut and sprinkled a bit on top of my salad to finish it off. YUM!

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    Bethany Gualtieri

    Hi Gina!

    Any tips on getting the breading mixture to stick well? I always seem to have issues with that!

  40. I made this for dinner after seeing it in the cookbook and my boyfriend and I were huge fans. He rarely eats salads, so I was shocked when he asked for a second helping. Not only was this a super easy recipe, but the flavors were amazing (the warm dressing was a nice touch). This is definitely going to be a go to recipe on repeat!

  41. I made this last night and my husband and I both LOVED it. Needless to say, I stole the leftovers to bring to work today because I didn’t want to share! 🙂

  42. I made this last night and the chicken was dry and did not have much flavor. The dressing was ok, but a little too dijon-y. Next time I will try pan frying instead

  43. I made this tonight and it was totally delicious. I had two chicken breasts marinating in a very light miso-ginger dressing in the fridge, so I pounded them thin and used them instead of tenders. The breading was light and crispy and flavorful, a great complement to the honey mustard and salad. Served it with steamed green beans and a cup of veggie soup. What a terrific late summer meal!

  44. We made this last night (from your cookbook!) and it was amazing! I LOVE coconut shrimp so I was excited to give this a try. Big portion and great flavor! Loved the dressing too. I am going to try this with shrimp next week to mix it up. I definitely recommend this one, guys!

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    Lauren McCormick

    Using the balsamic vinegar instead of the white vinegar was a great idea! This chicken with the dressing is one of my most favorite meals on skinny taste!!

  46. I just wanted to add in another alternative to using the egg whites as coating before the panko/coconut. I had no eggs, and also I think it's a bit wasteful to only use the whites of an egg. So instead of coating the chicken with egg wash before panko/coconut, I coated the chicken with a tiny bit of dijon mustard on each side. Voila 🙂

  47. There is a serious problem with this salad. It's way too good. It was hard to just eat one portion. Thanks again, Gina, for another hit.

  48. Great dish. We didn't use cooking spray and used a whole egg instead of egg replacer. Still: Tasted DELICIOUS!

  49. Made this tonight – it was delicious! I can't wait to try more of your recipes. I intended to save some for leftovers tomorrow, but I ate it all. I couldn't help it, it was so good!

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    colleen benedict

    Omg, this recipe it's so healthy and tasty, an oxymoron of some sort, LOVED THIS!!!!!! Will definitely make again and share with my personal training clients. Thank you! Looking forward to looking at some of your other recipes! You should be proud, look how many comments you have, all positive!

  51. I use the recipes on your blog so often. I can't believe I had never seen this recipe until today. I had marinated some chicken in Newman's Own Lime Dressing and various spices without thought of what was next. I used this breading (skipped the egg since the kitchen was coated in dressing and it was A-MAZING! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  52. This looks so delicious and healthy but I can't have eggs or dairy. Can you suggest something else I could "wet" the chicken with before breading?

    1. "wet" the chicken with a tiny dab of dijon mustard spread on each side of the chicken! then coat with panko/coconut. did that myself 🙂

  53. This was wonderful. My husband took the leftovers to lunch and kept talking about how excited he was to eat lunch tomorrow.

  54. This was delicious! Followed the recipe exactly and absolutely LOVED the coconut chicken/dressing/greens combo. My husband commented several times about how great it was. Will absolutely be making this again and again! Thanks : )

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    Domestic Diva

    If you add some curry powder and some garlic powder to the breading mixture it really adds some great flavour. We have added cayenne to it too, just a teeny pinch and it is yummy 🙂
    Greta recipe gina, as always!

  56. Just made this tonight and I LOVED it. I didn't expect the dressing to be so delicious! Wasn't sure about hot chicken and hot dressing on my cold salad either but the combo was perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  57. We had this tonight and it was amazing! We did add some Gorgonzola to the salad portion just to give it more of a sweet and savory kind of taste…I will be making this again, for sure!

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    Becky Ginther

    Made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! I only made one minor change, and that was to throw some raspberries into the salad to make it even more summery! The raspberry flavor worked really well with everything else here.

  59. I just made this and it is DELICIOUS! the only thing I do different is I like to dip my chicken in plain Greek yogurt before I put it in the breadcrumbs mixture. Thank you for a simple, quick, healthy, and TASTY recipe!! I just stumbled on your site via pinterest and I am so glad for that…my entire menu for the next week is from your web site. I am one who does not like to spend a lot of time in the kit hen, but I like to eat healthy. So excited about your site. It's just what I've been wanting 🙂

  60. Gina,
    My sister-in-law recommended your site two weeks ago and so far I've made this, the spinach stuffed chicken rollatini, and the white bean turkey soup. I just made the Kansas City barbecue sauce in preparation for pulled pork and also this week will be the mini turkey meatloaf with mashed potato frosting. Every single recipe has been amazing. Because there are two of us I've shared with my daughter and son-in-law who just had a baby and have little time to cook, which they ordinarily love to do. They have sent back rave reviews too. (And I've told three friends – so far – about your site). It is AMAZING and you are wonderful and you have a growing fan club in southern Connecticut!

  61. I made this last night – it was fantastic! Heating up the vinaigrette was a great idea, Gina.

    I used the Whole Foods Coconut Flakes – does anyone know if these are sweetened? The chicken was delicious either way, but I'm wondering if I got the right one.

    Thanks for this great recipe, Gina! I just found your site last week and I am already dying to try tons of these recipes.

  62. I made this last night and it was delicious. Served it atop Arugula with cucumber, shredded carrots, red peppers and a slice of avocado. My son who never eats salad loved it. It will definitely be made again and again. Made extra chicken and sliced up and used with Arugula , honey mustard in the kids sandwiches the next day for school. They loved them too. Tonight I'm trying the Sofrito Chicken stew…..smells good!!

  63. My husband just made this for dinner in honor of the first day of spring……it was so good!!! Thank you!

  64. I made this last night for my mom, dad, sister & niece. Made extra and took over to the boyfriend and his 2 kids, also. WOW! This was so incredible. I did the balsamic vinegar and that dressing is super good. Everything about this is so wonderful!

  65. Made this for dinner tonight! Really good! I used the Balsamic Vinegar just because I love Balsamic. Will be making again for sure! Thank you for sharing this!

  66. Made this tonight for dinner, and it was delicious and super easy. Definitely going to become a regular recipe for me.

  67. That looks so delicious! I'd really love to try this recipe but here in Italy I have a hard time finding panko crumbs. Could you suggest an alternative for those? Would it work equally well with regular bread crumbs for example? Keep up the great work, I love your blog!

  68. I just made this for dinner. We LOVED it! I was afraid that it would be too sweet but it was just perfect!

  69. Not only does this look delicious but it's also healthy! We need more posts like this on the internet! Really great write up, it actually reminds me of a chicken recipe I found in the diet solution

  70. I'm obsessed with this. I actually just made the chicken with some green beans (didn't have salad or honey handy!), and my husband and I loved it. He dippped the chicken in mango chutney (rather than the sauce provided on the recipe) and said it went perfectly. THANK YOU for this awesome recipe!!

  71. This was delicious! We had it tonight and it was soooo filling and yummy. I just started WW and so far have gotten most of my recipes from skinnytaste they are all fantastic! I counted up the salad dressing points+ and got 4 pts for that if anyone was wondering. Thanks so much for the great recipes you make dieting delicious!

  72. Love your recipes!! I was wondering how many points (old points) the chicken would be without the salad and dressing.

  73. So DELISIOUS!!!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh another fab dish. I cut the chicken into pieces like another person did. More coating 😉 Thank you for all your hard work!!

  74. I made this last night for hubby and myself; fantastic! It looked beautiful, and the simplicity of the salad ingredients worked beautifully with the lightly sweet dressing. The coconut flavor shines beautifully through the chicken and marries so well with the mustard vinaigrette. Though the chicken was good on its own, I wouldn't do the salad without the dressing. And why – for one measly point?

    Modification: As I was shopping, I came across a Macadamia Coconut Coating Mix from NutCrusters. Not inexpensive, but the ingredients are Macadamia nuts meal, breadcrumbs, coconut, flax, and spices. After having read the comments here, I gave it a try – it was amazing, and I boosted my fiber content a little, though it probably added a point to the meal.

    As usual: Thank you, Gina!

  75. Excellent recipe as usual. I just finished making this dish and loved it. Will definitely be making this again.

  76. Made this last night and everyone loved it….even the kids! They never want to eat anything new that I make so that really says something! Thank you again! I can't wait to try this with shrimp in the future 🙂

  77. Made this salad today for lunch and it was absolutely amazing!! From the chicken to the dressing it was incredible. So much flavor! When I got done cooking and assembling everything on my plate, it was as if I had ordered it from a restaurant. I impressed myself, with how great it looks.

    I've been making all my meal plans with your recipes off this site. Hubby and I have loved every single one. You make eating healthy taste good. Who needs that bad stuff anymore when you've got great recipes like this?

  78. Thanks so much for this! I was wondering how many points (the old points) just the chicken and salad dressing were? Thanks a ton!

  79. I made this last week for my family. My husband has gone to culinary school so he is pretty picky when it comes to flavor. We both loved it so much!! Very light but filling.

  80. I am so excited that I found this website! I cooked this salad tonight and it was delicious!! My entire family LOVED it, even my kids! My 4 yr old and 6 yr old asked for seconds and I got hugs from my 6 yr old because she liked it so much. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your awesome recipes. I can't wait to try more!

  81. I made this for my family tonight. Everyone LOVED it. It was light and delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  82. Delicious! I modified just a little:

    -I didn't have any cornflakes on hand, so I just increased the coconut and panko quantities.
    -I pulled out my lightly-used Pampered Chef hand chopper gadget. I chopped the coconut a bit so the flake size was a little shorter.
    -I chopped the chicken into bite sized pieces and breaded/baked it this way. Mmm! Lots more coconut flavor because there was more surface area for the breading.It also made it easier for the dinner guests to eat it bite-sized instead of cutting. (Minor, I know. I just wanted more coconut flavor to shine.)

    Great recipe, wonderful dressing — it was a hit at dinner!

  83. Does the chicken need to be cooked on a metal rack to keep it crisp? I want to make this for dinner tonight. Thanks!

  84. My 7 year old daughter picked out this recipe because of the photo. We all loved this recipe! The texture of the chicken was delicious. I have always loved coconut shrimp but have never had coconut chicken. Yummy! Thanks for sharing.

  85. is the coconut sweetened or unsweetened,i have seen a lot of recipes for coconut and it never there a rule of thumb for coconut like its always unsweeetend till it specifies.

  86. I made this last night for dinner for me and my fiance, and it was a huge hit! We're getting married in a few months, and though we naturally eat pretty healthy, we are trying to eat more fresh food and veggies in order to look our best for our big day. I found this recipe and just knew I had to make it!! It was so easy to make, and we loved how all the flavors came together so nicely. The chicken was nice and crunchy on the outside, moist on the inside. We loved the sweetness of the chicken paired with the tangy-ness of the dressing, and then the coolness of all the veggies. I threw in some golden raisins for a little extra sweetness and texture, and we loved it! I was so excited that there were leftovers too, because that is lunch today!

    P.S. I just found your blog a few days ago and fell in love with your recipes and cooking style! Thank you for sharing all your tips. I can't wait to make more of your recipes in the future! My fiance's pretty excited, too! 😉

  87. Fantastic…I adjusted this for one for a nice lunch, and used a chicken cutlet I had on hand instead. The combination of flavors and textures really hit the spot!

  88. I made this last night and my boyfriend and I LOVED it! He just ate some leftovers and texted me "best chicken ever!"

    I used chicken breasts cut into strips and added avocado to the salad. Delish!!

  89. I´m so happy that I found this site. I love cooking but making points calculation of every ingredient I was using in a recipe was really tiring. Now I can try delicious options without stress. Thank you so much

  90. Gina,

    I just wanted to let you know that we made this last night. It was delicious! I had 2 tenders left over so I had it again for lunch today.

    Thanks again for these great recipes.

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    My new favorite!!! It looks and smells delicious, but the taste is unbelievable YUM! Another BIG MAHALO (thank-you) for the ONO kau kau (delicious food)!

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    Kirstie, England

    Made this for dinner tonight – fantastic, very straight forward to make and absolutely delicious, will definitely be making again. All pro pointed as well, it doesn't get any better! Thank you 🙂

  93. This recipe is sooooo awesome, this is also the second time I made it and I just love it!! So does my boyfriend, next time we are going to try it with shrimp!! Thank you for all the great recipes!!

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    j jump jennifer

    This is the second time I have made this and it was just as delicious the second time!!The chicken stays so moist! Thanks so much for the inspiration! 🙂

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    Don't think our meals always look that good! There is usually one perfect plate at the table 🙂

  96. YUM! Made this tonight and it was SO GOOD! Knew it the moment I saw it that it would be, so not really a surprise. I do have one complaint though. I know that you want everything to look perfect for your site, but DARN if it makes all of my stuff look like crap by comparison! The toppings on the chicken were not as even and lovely, the browning wasn't quite as even. It wan't gross looking but I wish I could have matched the loveliness. HMMM….I guess that wasn't really a complaint, just an inside out compliment on your photos.

  97. OMG! I made this for dinner and it was absolutely amazing!!! The chicken was so tender and the dressing complimented it so well.

    I just love your website! I make about 3 of your recipes a week. I look forward to what you will come up with next!

    Thanks so much!

  98. I made this tonight and it was so yummy! I made extra thinking I would have left overs for my lunch tomorrow and guess what? There is no leftovers. Everyone loved it!

  99. Thanks, Gina! I'll definitely give it a try soon. I've been working my way through your recipe index one delicious item at a time. 🙂

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    I think it would be great, it's actually harder to find here and the dressing is sweet enough. Enjoy!

  101. Has anyone tried using unsweetened (dessicated) coconut in this recipe? It's sometimes hard to find the sweetened stuff here in UK. I think I saw a method somewhere of spraying the dessicated coconut with simple syrup to sweeten it, but I'm just wondering if I would need to since the dressing would be sweet from the honey. Hmmmm. Looks so delicious, and I love coconut!

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    Tiffany Terry

    Gina, I made this last night and it was sooo good! What a great recipe! This is how it turned out.


  103. WHERE IS THE LOVE BUTTON? I Don't like it I love it. This was so good I felt like I was being bad. I just couldn't get over how yummy the chicken was, then it was how amazing the dressing was. Then when you put it all together…that's the right stuff! Thank you so much for your delicious recipes. I am a huge fan and seriously every person I ever talk to about food, your website is the first thing I mention. You are a cooking queen and as a fellow foodie I tip my hat to you. Thank you so much!

  104. I'm going to try plain coconut and add a little bit of raw sugar.

    p.s. I love your blog so much. I've tried so many of the recipes. Enjoyed each one and so did the family. I also lost weight! 🙂 🙂

  105. I just made this for dinner and it was delicious! My husband and son went back for seconds (I made extra) and I am having the leftovers tomorrow for lunch! Thank you for your delicious recipes, we are truly enjoying them.

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    Rebecca – Here is the nutritional info for the dressing only based on 3 servings:

    Calories: 65.1 Fat: 4.5, Carbs: 6.1, Fiber 0, Protein: 0

  107. I love coconut chicken and this was delish….I used one whole egg and 2 egg whites and I sprayed the top of the chicken with Olive oil spray to help it brown. The whole family loved it and the honey mustard vinaigrette definitely needs to accompany this dish…..if you like coconut you will love this recipe.

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    This was AMAZING! I made this for my low-carb eating parents, and we all (including my 2 and 4 year old) loved it! YUMMY!!!!

  109. My 14 year old daughter has got to be the queen of chicken tenders! When I served these to her I might have failed to mention they had coconut on them, ahem. She absolutely loved them, they're the best chicken tenders ever Mom… and so on, thanks Gina!

    The next day she asked me if those chicken tenders had coconut on them. See her older brother had spilled the beans! When I came clean she said she loved them anyway, she calls them the fancy chicken tenders and she insists I make extra vinagrette whenever we have them! She is pretty picky so I am really happy to have found your blog, Thanks again!

  110. I made this tonight and loved it. Of course when I went to get the eggs out of the fridge they were all gone (kids went on an egg eating spree!) so I improvised and used buttermilk with some ground flax mixed in for a binder. It was still delicious! Thanks for another wonderful recipe. 🙂

  111. This was soooo yummy!! This is my second time to make it! My whole family loves it. A perfect Spring/ Summer meal!!

  112. Husband and I wanted a salad and I was too lazy to go to the store, so I used what I had on hand and made the following changes:

    Chicken – Reg. bread crumbs with grated Parmesan cheese in place of the corn flake crumbs.

    Salad – Spinach, chopped mango and strawberry, and port goat cheese with caramelized onions

    Dressing – blood orange olive oil and agave syrup.

    And — I served it with a peach infused white wine!

    WOW — It was awesome!!! I'll keep using this and changing it up…it was awesome!


  113. I made this tonight and OMG it was A-MAZING!!!! I cant wait to try it with shrimp!!! Thanks so much!!!! You are awesome!!

  114. Made this for dinner tonight, and it was awesome!! Loved all of it, the chicken was great and so was the dressing! Ill be having it for lunch tomorrow too! Thanks!

  115. I made this tonight and it was really good. I didn't have the corn flakes so I just used bread crumbs. I baked some asparagus along side it too. My husband didn't eat the dressing but I liked it. Thanks! I will make it again.

  116. Made this last night with a side of sauteed green beans and garlic for a low carb meal….AWESOME RECIPE!!! My husband and cousin loved it! The chicken had a great taste and crunch to it, made me feel like this wasn't a light meal. And the honey mustard vinegarette was delish. A definite weekly meal! 8 PP and 2 more for the olive oil I used on the beans, 10PP is so doable for a meal.

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    So happy this was a hit!

    Brittany, thanks you! Good luck with WW, I'm happy my site is helpful. Enjoy the Congri!

  118. Ok, this recipe is delicious. I've seriously made this chicken 4 times since you posted this recipe.

    Highly recommended!

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    Brittany Stafford

    Ah this was so yummy! I have also made your baked zucchini sticks and spinach ziti, which were delicious. I love your site! It's incredibly helpful. I just joined WW and I also generally want to eat less processed garbage. I don't want to resort to frozen lunches or meal-on-the-go bars/shakes, but a lot of recipes I have found either seem way too difficult or way too boring to even bother with. Your site is easy to navigate (love that it's tagged so many different ways so I can find based on points or meal type, etc) and the recipes are easy to follow. Plus you make it look appetizing which can be hard to do. So thanks! I'm going to try the Arroz Congri next, I think. 🙂

  120. Oh wow!!! I was skeptical that a salad might leave us hungry but I had coconut to use up. This was SO good and we had extra chicken for tomorrow night's dinner!

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    Gina DAWLING… totally loving this one. Hubs is a COCONUT JOB so this is right up his ALLEY! Thanks CHICA.. it is, is a WINNER… MUAZZZ from SIS IN LAW… CHOW CHOW.. MXXXX OOO ;o

  122. This was amazing! Thank you for making me into a great cook! My husband brags about me and it is all thanks to your recipes.

  123. I made this tonight and it was FANTASTIC!! I followed the recipe exactly as is and it turned out perfect! Better yet, it didn't take long to make and didn't require a lot of ingredients. This is definitely be a staple in my house. Thank you!

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    I'm super happy this was such a hit!! I never know which recipes would be liked most when I make them so it's fun seeing which people are drawn to!

  125. you are amazing!!! my boyfriend calls me a genius every time i make one of your recipes! He was literally licking the plate. I always say it's not me, it's Gina! 🙂

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    Totally amazing and now my favorite salad. I loved the chicken and salad dressing. I am having again for supper tonight! Gina you Rock & I love your blog!!

  127. This was amazing! My hubby even enjoyed the dressing and he NEVER eats dressing on his salad. The chicken is delicious and I will most definitely be making this again.

  128. We ate this for dinner last night and it was fabulous. I added more vegetables to salad…Can't wait to try shrimp next time….This is a great hot weather meal…I used whole wheat panko as well.

  129. Made this for lunch today. I used whole wheat panko crumbs because I already had those. Nice lunch. I added sugar snap pea tendrils and easter egg radishs from my CSA. Loved the hot dressing. I never thought of heating up honey mustard. Brava!

  130. I just "stumbled upon" your website the other day and I am obsessed!! I made this the other day and it was FANTASTIC! I added more dijon for the dressing and i used balsamic and it was awesome! And i used unsweetened coconut that I found at whole foods and it tasted just fine! This meal is soo easy and tastes amazing!! thank you gina for your amazing ideas! Keep on doing what your doing because I am now addicted to trying something new every day!

  131. Made this dish last night and it's a new favorite. My husband had 3rds! Thanks so much for posting this!

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    I'm so happy everyone loved this AND THE DRESSING!!!

    I used sweetened coconut, I'll adjust that, thanks for noticing!

    And no panko in Alabama?? You can buy them on amazon!!

  133. This salad looks incredible! I used to think I didn't like Honey Mustard dressing but my tastes must have changed because lately I love it. I'm so excited that it's served warm on this salad too. And coconut-crusted chicken? Sounds heavenly. I am budging this salad to the top of my to-do recipe list!

  134. Soooo delish!!! I just joined back up with WW, after having baby #4, and have been on the hunt for new recipes. I made this tonight for my family, and my sister and her family, and EVERYONE loved it!! Including the "picky eaters" (aka: 5 kids under age 8… lol)

    The dressing was my fave!! I will be making more to use in plain old salads. Delish!!

  135. I haven't cooked this yet, but wanted to check my area for your ingredients before I went shopping, lol. I am sure we probably don't have panko crumbs, so I looked up how to make them…..they are made with saltine crackers and seasoning.

    FYI for anyone else in food variant deprived areas of the US (Alabama), lol.

  136. Made this with shrimp last week and it was AMAZING!! I toasted the coconut first and it added flavor and texture. Just spread it out on a baking sheet and put in the oven on 300 for about 7 mins. Keep an eye on it and stir occasionally. So good!!

  137. I made this tonight on a whim when I realized I had all the ingredients already. It was delicious and quick; I'll definitely make it again. Though I wish my chicken would have been a little crispier, yours looks nice and toasty in the picture.

  138. LOVED this recipe! It was a huge hit with my husband and kids. I put the chicken over baby spinach and even my kids ate the spinach! Thanks so much, it is for sure a new family favorite!

  139. Gina, you never let me down! This was awesome and my husband and 2 year old daughter loved it too!

  140. My salad-hating husband cleaned his plate when I made this! So easy and yummy. I'm thinking I might add a little cayenne into the panko/coconut mixture next time for a little more zing.

  141. I love your site. You have wonderful recipes to try. I was wondering how many jumbo shrimp you would use for this recipe. Thank you. I am new to cooking healthy and need all the help I can. Thanks. Kathy

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    DELICIOUS! I made this last night for my husband and I and added a little bit of sliced champagne mango which I thought would go well with the coconut flavor. It did! I loved this recipe, Gina, and will definitely make it again!

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    I'm so happy that you all liked it, thanks for commenting back, it's really helpful to those that are thinking of trying a recipe!

    Tangle, thanks for sharing your gluten free version, never thought of using corn chex, rice chex would work too!

    Kristin, sure why not!

    Jyl, I love coconut shrimp!

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    Skinny Fat Kid

    I love anything with coconut! Definitely adding this to the menu once it stops snowing here. I bet this would be good with shrimp too…

  145. I made this recipe with shrimp for lunch today and I was full until dinner! The points were less too. This is a favorite! Thanks for the great idea.

  146. tangie – thanks so much for posting about gluten free!!! i've been thinking about being tested for gluten intolerance, so i was actually gonna ask how to make this gluten free, but you answered it already ;c)

    kathleen b – there are a lot of people who have found p+ to not work as well, depending on height and weight, so a group was started on called "classic WW" if you search for it you should find it. great support for those who have gone back to momentum, flex, core, etc. :c)

    this recipe looks AMAZING!!!! i can't wait to make it!!! everything i've made from your site gina has been absolutely delicious and has always gotten approval from the hubby, too!!! :cD

  147. i've made this before! one of my favorite dishes but i like your style and some of the ingredients you use.

  148. Gina, this looks great! And a big THANK YOU for continuing to post old WW points. After losing 43 pounds on Points system, the points plus has not worked for me. Can't figure it out, but I did it for 5 weeks, and gained 6 pounds. So, I went back to the old system. Thanks for making it possible for me to continue to use recipes here. I have not made a single thing of yours that was not fabulous!! Keep up the good work!

  149. BIG THUMBS UP. Saw you post this today and made it for dinner tonight. Whole family (including a 3 and 1-year-old) loved it! My husband has Celiacs and can't have gluten, so we just ommitted the panko crumbs and used a corn chex/coconut breading. Thanks Gina!

  150. I made this tonight and as a MAJOR coconut fan, this chicken was SERIOUSLY addicting!!!!!! THe dressing complimented the chicken SO WELL. This was a perfect light dinner. Thanks Gina for your constant inspiration!

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    Thanks for all your sweet comments!!

    Jodi, I would use jumbo shrimp, 10 minutes sounds right but I would check one to be sure.

    Panko crumbs are Japanese bread crumbs. They make a great substitute when baking instead of frying because they maintain crispy.

    I used sweetened coconut, I will fix that. I've never tried almond meal, I bet it would be great! I thought of adding some crushed macadamia nuts instead of the cornflake crumbs, maybe next time!

    I'm not sure if Points plus and Pro points are the same, I think they are but don't quote me on that. You may want to google that one.

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    Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Oh my goodness this looks so delicious!!What a beautiful presentation it makes. Just looks so yummy!

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    Wow! This looks so yummy! One question- are PointsPlus worked out at the same values as ProPoints in the UK? As in, will this be 8 ProPoints as well as 8 PointsPlus?

  154. Oh, yum! I love coconut. Can't wait to try this!
    Gina, have you ever used almond meal in anything? I got a bag at Trader Joe's and was thinking of subbing out the bread crumbs & cornflake crumbs for the almond meal. Most likely not as crispy, but perhaps worth a shot? I've never cooked with it before, but wanted to mix things up.

  155. Looks perfect for spring! Love your site Gina, I've recommended it to all of my friends.

    Question, if you use shrimp how long should they cook? 10 minutes?

    1. If your oven is properly preheated, it should only take about 5 minutes…that being said, you are also going to want the breading to get browned, so it might take a little longer. Shrimp just seems to be one of those things that you have to keep staring at! ;p