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Coconut Chicken Strips and Basmati Rice

Photo: Jason Wallis; Styling: Cindy Barr

 

Yield Serves 4 (serving size: about 3 chicken strips, 1/2 cup rice, and about 1 tablespoon sauce)
We love the hint of toasted coconut flavor in Coconut Chicken Strips and Basmati Rice. Make this chicken dish a weeknight staple—it's ready in just 35 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup brown basmati rice
  • 1 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut lengthwise into 12 (1/2-inch-thick) strips
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 tablespoons canola mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha (hot chile sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons lower-sodium soy sauce

Nutrition Information

  • calories 452
  • fat 13.8 g
  • satfat 6.6 g
  • monofat 3.3 g
  • polyfat 2 g
  • protein 33 g
  • carbohydrate 46 g
  • fiber 4 g
  • cholesterol 73 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 509 mg
  • calcium 26 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Place a foil-lined baking sheet in oven as it preheats.

  2. Bring rice and stock to a boil in a small saucepan; cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 25 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Stir in cilantro and lime juice.

  3. Place flour in a shallow dish. Place egg whites in a shallow dish. Combine panko and coconut in a shallow dish. Sprinkle chicken with pepper and salt. Dredge half of chicken in flour; dip in egg whites. Dredge in panko mixture, pressing to adhere. Place chicken on prepared baking sheet; coat chicken with cooking spray. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken. Bake at 450° for 6 minutes on each side or until done. Combine mayonnaise and remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Serve chicken with dipping sauce and rice.