The Deen Bros. Lighter Crunchy Coconut Chicken Fingers with Pineapple Salsa

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The Deen Bros. Lighter Crunchy Coconut Chicken Fingers with Pineapple Salsa

By Bobby and Jamie Deen

Lighter Crunchy Coconut Chicken Fingers with Pineapple Salsa

742 Fewer Calories
43 g Less Fat


Chicken Fingers
1/2 cups flaked sweetened coconut, chopped
1/2 cup plain panko bread crumbs
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 pound chicken tenders, about 8 tenders
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites

Pineapple Salsa
2 (8-ounce) cans unsweetened pineapple chunks, drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons lime juice
2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional)

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
Combine the coconut, breadcrumbs, flour, brown sugar, and curry powder on a piece of wax paper. Sprinkle the tenders with the salt. Beat the egg whites in a large bowl until frothy; add the chicken tenders and toss to coat. Lift the chicken from the egg whites one at a time, and coat with the coconut mixture, pressing so the coating adheres. Place the chicken in a single layer on the baking sheet. Spray both sides of the chicken with nonstick spray. Bake until lightly golden and crisp, about 15 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking time.

Meanwhile, to prepare the salsa, toss the pineapple, cilantro, lime juice, brown sugar, and jalapeno in a large bowl. Serve the salsa with the chicken. 

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Difficulty: easy

Per Serving: (2 chicken tenders with 1/2 cup salsa) 304 Cal; 31 g Protein; 5 g Tot Fat; 3 g Sat Fat; 1 g Mono Fat; 32 g Carb; 2 g Fiber; 13 g Sugar; 60 mg Calcium; 2 mg Iron; 502 mg Sodium; 66 mg Cholesterol

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen:  The Lady and Sons Chicken Fingers
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of The Deen Brothers and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Original Nutrition:
Per Serving: 1046 Cal; 49 g Protein; 48 g Tot Fat; 9 g Sat Fat; 19 g Mono Fat; 103 g Carb; 3 g Fiber; 23 g Sugar; 546 mg Calcium; 6 mg Iron; 2001 mg Sodium; 103 mg Cholesterol

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By Crystal on February 19, 2013


NOTE to Kathy Graham .... did you notice those numbers were for the original recipe NOT the light recipe?! The numbers for the light version: Per Serving: (2 chicken tenders with 1/2 cup salsa) 304 Cal; 31 g Protein; 5 g Tot Fat; 3 g Sat Fat; 1 g Mono Fat; 32 g Carb; 2 g Fiber; 13 g Sugar; 60 mg Calcium; 2 mg Iron; 502 mg Sodium; 66 mg Cholesterol I think they sound delicious. We are all trying to eat better. Good luck Paula.

By Deborah on February 28, 2012



By Alice Mcgehee on January 24, 2012


Do you call this "light"??? At 1048 calories and 2001 mg sodium??? The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends..."Reduce daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) and further reduce intake to 1,500 mg among persons who are 51 and older and those of any age who are African American or have hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease. The 1,500 mg recommendation applies to about half of the U.S. population, including children, and the majority of adults." Heart disease and diabetes can be avoided by eating "right" and exercise. Drugs aren't the solution to ending this national health crisis!

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By Anonymous on January 22, 2012


Great - lots of flavor! We were just saying that these would make great appetizers for the super bowl. I will definitely make again.

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By Vickie Curb on January 08, 2012


Just made this recipe for the family. They loved it! The only thing is I didn't have Curry powder so I used Caribbean Jerk spice (I also ommitted the brown sugar). This gave it just the right vibe. Trying to make more healthy changes for our family.

By Deborah Foreman on January 06, 2012


Chicken tenders are my favorites and my grandsons, wed eat them all the time any where we can get them fried baked mosty fried cant wait to try this recipe, its so esy to run down and buy fried chicken tenders but I sure could loose 20 lbs abd be healthier thanks Bobby I love Paulas cooking cant express that enough

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By Anonymous on January 05, 2012


Can we get nutrition info on the chicken and salsa separately?

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