Paleo Crispy Coconut Chicken Fingers (GF)

Paleo Crispy Coconut Chicken Fingers (GF)-- deliciousness for dinner! | Perchance to Cook

These chicken fingers are awesome! Sweet, crunchy, tender, satisfying, baked AND Paleo! They were inspired by another non-paleo baked coconut chicken finger recipe that I had made in the past. Those were good; these are even better! The coconut flavor and spices work perfectly together here. These will definitely become regulars at my house…

Thus far the food that I have posted on this blog have not been consistent with the Paleo Diet, but I’ll be incorporating Paleo recipes more frequently now. My boyfriend has been having some health issues recently and a friend suggested trying the Paleo Diet because it helped her with similar health problems. I did some research and found that many people feel better and fight diseases by cutting out processed foods, which is a big part of the Paleo Diet. Sooo now I am trying to cook lots of Paleo-friendly meals for him :)


Another plus is that you can caramelize cauliflower at the same time that the chicken fingers cook (put cauliflower florets tossed with a little bit of olive oil on a cookie sheet). You put both cookie sheets in the oven and 30 minutes later you have a great meal ready.

I have been experimenting with making sauces to use with these chicken fingers but so far the only good one was mixing organic honey with dijon mustard. The others didn’t work out so well haha

Udpate: I came up with a great sweet and spicy sauce for these chicken fingers… the recipe is posted here! :)

Paleo Crispy Coconut Chicken Fingers (GF)-- deliciousness for dinner! | Perchance to Cook

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Paleo Crispy Coconut Chicken Fingers
  • 1.5 pounds of chicken
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ½ Tbs paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 egg whisked
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grease a cookie sheet with a little olive oil. I like using a silicone basting brush to evenly brush the olive oil onto the cookie sheet.
  3. Whisk one egg in a bowl and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the almond meal, shredded coconut, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, and nutmeg in a bowl.
  5. Take one piece of chicken and dunk it in the egg, then dunk it in the coconut mixture and place it on the cookie sheet. Repeat with the rest of the chicken.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until it looks golden brown and crispy/dry.



17 thoughts on “Paleo Crispy Coconut Chicken Fingers (GF)

  1. Tried this over the weekend and it is my new favorite chicken finger recipe! Loved the addition of the coconut and the spices were perfect.

    Did you post the sweet and sour recipe yet? I did a quick search and didn’t find it and am wondering if I just missed it. I would love to try it w/the chicken fingers.

    1. Sorry I couldn’t respond sooner! I’m glad you found it and I’m glad you like the chicken fingers :) You’ll have to let me know if you like the sauce too!

  2. Just tried making these and they turned out great, and were very quick and easy to make! I added ground flaxseed in mine and less coconut! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Thanks for the comment! Adding flaxseed is a great idea, I’m going to try that next time!

  3. I’m a 23 year old man, but my love for chicken nuggets leads my coworkers to believe that I’m more of a child. So, in the eyes of my coworkers, I’m stuck in the realm of a modern day man-child, or that is to say WAS stuck in the realm of a modern day man-child until I gave these coco-chick delights (I’m coining this name) a whirl.

    I can say I don’t lick much, but after finger-jamming these puppies down my throat I was having a finger-licking good time on my 10 digits!

    Thanks for the recipe!

    1. hahahhaha! I’m so glad you like them, take a photo and tag it #perchancetocook! I’d love to see your creations!

  4. I love this coconut chicken recipe! It will definitely be one of my “go to” recipes from now on. It was quick, easy, and delicious. I also made the sweet and spicy sauce to go with it. Not only is the sauce amazingly delicious, the two went perfectly together!

    1. Thanks Brooke! I’m glad you liked it!—coconut chicken and sweet and spicy sauce were made for each other!

  5. I HATE, HATE cooking but these looked so easy that i tried them. I LOVE them and will make them over and over again. Very easy to make and I have to admit they taste delish! I also love the fact that I have an excuse to “play” with my food when I roll the chicken into the dry mixture LOL.

    I even tried the cauliflower suggestion and that was delicious as well. Quick easy and yummy meals! Thank you for posting this.

    1. I’m so happy to hear that you liked these chicken fingers! Simpler really can be better :) And of course, being able to play with your food a bit helps too ;). Thanks for the comment!

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