Coconut Crusted Chicken with Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

Coconut Crusted Chicken
My kids absolutely adore chicken tenders. They would eat them every day of the week if I would let them. Typically fried, chicken tenders although tasty (why are fried foods so good? Sigh.) aren’t the healthiest. We’ve hacked that traditional fried recipe and turned it into a healthier BAKED gluten free version that’s turned into a family favorite. We’re thinking it’s going to be one of your favorites as well. Yes we hacked a recipe. What the heck is a What the Hack? We’ve teamed up with Udi’s to share about their Udi’s Hackathon Challenge.

Udi's Ancient Grain Crisps

What exactly is the Udi’s Hackathon Challenge you ask?

Participants are challenged to create their own unique “food hack” using a select list of categories and ingredients (put those creative caps on). One grand prize winner will receive a cash award (hello$3K that’s no chump change), three second-place winners will receive Udi’s products. Participants will be encouraged to share their “hacks” online using the #WhatTheHack hashtag (btw best hashtag ever.) So roll up your sleeves and stir up your creativity. Entries will be judged on three criteria: Taste, Creativity and use of Udi’s product.


Can you hack it? We think so. Hurry though, ALL submissions must be entered by May 21st, 2014. YOU got this ; )


Coconut Crusted Chicken

You can see all of the rules and regulations for the Hackathon Challenge at UDI’s.


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Udi’s. I was compensated for my time. Opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be.

Coconut Crusted Chicken with Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Season chicken tenders with salt/pepper.
  3. Place eggs in a shallow bowl and crisps with coconut into a separate shallow bowl.
  4. Dip chicken tenders into egg. Coat both sides. Shake off excess. Dip into crisps mixture making sure it's coated on both sides. Pressing if necessary. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet lined with a silicon mat or parchment paper.
  5. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  6. WHILE chicken is baking, into a medium bowl add: pineapple, jalapeno, lime juice, pinch salt, cilantro. Mix to combine. Set aside.
  7. Serve finished chicken with salsa.



  1. 1

    Yes, please tell me why fried foods taste so good. I am way older than you are and I still don’t have an answer to that. Lol. I love your pun, What the Hack. You might read my blog this week—-its about lame jokes. But whether you do or not, I am loving this recipe. As far as I concerned you have a WINNER here.

  2. 2

    This sound so fresh and so perfect with chicken.

  3. 3

    This looks amazing! Wouldn’t it be perfect for the inside of a taco? 🙂

  4. 4

    This is gorgeous Paula!!

  5. 5

    This coconut chicken looks amazing, and that salsa, to die for!

  6. 6

    Yum! This looks and sounds delicious – my kids might not leave any for me!

  7. 7

    This looks amazing! Great hack!!!

  8. 8

    I love this recipe, love coconut crusted anything but I love the hack challenge too!!

  9. 9

    OMG this is the second coconut and pineapple combo I saw today. Maybe it’s a sign?! Looks delicious!

  10. 10

    Love your baked version!! So much better for you than fried!

  11. 11

    I’m an island girl – Give me a coconut crusted any something and I’m all up in there! This looks delicious!

  12. 12

    My respond would simply be, woooow, gorgeous. I haven’t seen a recipe like this before. Great idea.

  13. 13

    Wowee! Love this recipe!!

  14. 14

    I’m loving this – pick 1, pick 3, pick 1 – makes it a lot easier to put together a “hack.” BTW – agree it’s the best hashtag ever!

  15. 15

    Did you say coconut crusted? Paula – this is outrageous (in a fabulous way of course!)

  16. 16
    Ginny McMeans /

    Love the challenge!

  17. 17

    Paula, so happy to find your blog! My sons could live on chicken tenders if they could. This one however, is the greatest combination of flavors that I have ever seen. Love this! And we are huge fans of hacking recipes too. So great!

  18. 18

    What an interesting challenge! Udi’s has a lot of fun stuff going on.
    These chicken tenders look tasty as heck – yum!!

  19. 19

    What a flavor combo – and that chicken looks so crispity – love it!

  20. 20

    This looks like just the kind of dish, that will make everyone in my family happy, happy. Yu-um!

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