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Coconut Chicken Nuggets

by Meghann on April 8, 2009

I tried something new this afternoon for snack time.


Last week I received a coupon in the mail for a free box of Mary’s Gone Crackers. I have seen these popping up on the blog world, so I was very excited to be able to sample them my self.


These crackers are:

  • Organic
  • Kosher
  • Whole Grain
  • Heart Healthy
  • Vegan- Dairy Free
  • Wheat Free – Gluten Free
  • No Hydronated Oils
  • No Trans Fat

Sounds like the perfect, healthy cracker. Now the true test was whether they taste good or not.


I had a serving of Marys Gone Crackers today with the last of my Jalapeno Hummus.


These crackers were actually very, very tasty. I like them! Chock full of seeds and rice, these crackers had a lot of flavor to them. The were the perfect tool for dipping the hummus and I think would be even better with some great cheese on top.

I give Marys Gone Grackers two big thumbs up!

Dinner was pretty tasty too.


I had an idea in my head to make Baked Chicken Nuggets for dinner. While I was searching in the cabinets for Panko Crumbs I stumbled upon my Unsweetened Shredded Coconut and got the idea to make Coconut Chicken Nuggets.


I toasted the Unsweetened Shredded Coconut with the Panko Bread Crumbs in the over at 400 degrees for 5 minutes. I seasoned the mixture with Red Pepper Flakes, Cinnamon, & Cumin, then dipped chunks of chicken into a mixture of milk & eggs before coating them in the Coconut mix.

I baked the coated chicken in the over at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, flipping half way through.


I dipped the Coconut Chicken Nuggets in a random container of Sweet BBQ Sauce I had in the fridge. It was the perfect combination. I loved it!!! I always enjoyed Coconut Shrimp as a kid and this was a fun, slightly healthier spin on the classic. I highly suggest trying this recipe. I had left overs and I can’t wait to eat this again!

I also made some roasted Asparagus to go along side my nuggets.


And heated up some left over Pumpkin & Sage Orzo.


It was a really yummy, balanced meal.

FOr dessert I couldn’t help myself and reached for a Naturally Nutty Jar. ๐Ÿ˜‰


I had the last half of the Kit Kat Blondies Amanda sent me ages ago with a smear of Toffee Butter Peanut Butter on top. You have no idea how good that was. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have a 3 mile run planned tomorrow, then thats it before my 15 mile Trail Race on Saturday. I am very excited about this race, but very nervous that its my first trail race. I’m going to run the 3 miles in the grass, I’m not sure how much that will help preparing me, but its a start!

1 runsarah April 8, 2009 at 7:24 pm

That orzo looks fabulous – yum ๐Ÿ™‚

2 Amanda April 8, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Hey! I had just a random question about dessert…do you have dessert right after you finish dinner or do you wait a little bit? I always feel like I need to eat something sweet after I eat dinner even though I am full. I have tried to break this habbit because I don’t want to have to NEED dessert every night. Even though I keep it pretty low-cal, any suggestions for stopping the cycle? Thanks!

3 Meghann April 9, 2009 at 7:12 am

Hey Amanda,

I usually crave dessert right after I finish eating, but I try to give myself an hour or so and do the dishes or something before I have my dessert. I know its not the best habit I have gotten myself into, but dessert is truly my favorite time of day and I think anyone can enjoy in moderation of a daily basis ๐Ÿ™‚

4 snackface April 8, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Those crackers sound like a dream! Coconut chicken nuggs look awesome, Meghann! I’ll have to replace the chicken with tempeh or tofu and give it a shot. Thanks for the great idea. You’re probably going to LOVE the trail race- you’ll kill it!

5 Bec April 8, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Those crackers look delic, and so does that chicken!

6 Jessica April 8, 2009 at 7:38 pm

I lvoe your coconut chicken nugget idea and would kill for a kitkat blondie WITH pb – my oh my!

7 Emily April 8, 2009 at 7:39 pm

I adore those crackers, the flavor is so good! Those nuggets look pretty amazing too, I made coconut tofu a while back and that turned out pretty well.

8 Alison April 8, 2009 at 7:48 pm

The chicken nuggets look great! I bet it’d be good dipped in a curry-flavored sauce.

9 coco April 8, 2009 at 7:50 pm

coconut chicken nuggets look scrumptious!!! such a genius idea!!!~~~ ๐Ÿ˜‰

10 Trish (girlatgym) April 8, 2009 at 7:55 pm

those crackers look yummy!

11 Adi ( - now repaired!) April 8, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Very cool looking orzo!
I love the coconut chicken idea. That’s a flavour combo I never would have that of… way to be creative, as always!

12 iowagirleats April 8, 2009 at 8:04 pm

The trail race sounds so cool! Is it over different terrain, or will you be able to stick to a trail for the whole time?

13 *Andrea* April 8, 2009 at 8:11 pm

this meal looks so great! i love the coconut idea – it reminds me of my favorite “Treat” at a restaurant at home with coconut shrimp. delish!

14 Robin April 8, 2009 at 8:13 pm

That chicken looks so good, I am adding it to my menu for next week.

15 Lauren April 8, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Love this recipe. I use it on shrimp all the time but recently I tried it on tofu and it also ROCKS!

Good luck with your trail run! ๐Ÿ™‚

16 Brandi April 8, 2009 at 8:28 pm

great idea for the chicken nuggets – we’ve done our own coconut shrimp like that at home, but never chicken.

good luck on your grass run tomorrow – it is different, but you’ll do great!

17 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) April 8, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Oh my gosh those chicken nuggets look divine! I must try that!

18 Meg April 8, 2009 at 8:43 pm

WOW! What yummy chicken nuggets.

19 Matt April 8, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Have you done any trail running? It helps if you have some experience!

20 lisaheartspizza April 8, 2009 at 8:50 pm

mmm what a great idea mixing the coconut and breadcrumbs! I bet it would be an awesome coating for some mock tempura pineapple or sweetpotato too!

21 Sharon April 8, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Oh those crackers look yummy!

22 inmytummy April 8, 2009 at 8:56 pm

i bought the herb flavor Mary’s Gone Crackers on a whim last weekend. At first I thought they lacked salt, but after eating a few, they grew on me.

23 VeggieGirl April 8, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Mmm, coconut!!

Love the BBQ sauce and dessert too!!

24 zestycook April 8, 2009 at 9:07 pm

mmmm those chicken nuggets look and sound amazing!

25 Rachel April 8, 2009 at 9:31 pm

I’ve gotten so many great meal ideas from you Meghann! Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you enjoy the trail race…I always think they go by much more quickly than other ones!

26 Angelea April 8, 2009 at 9:37 pm

I am SO making those coco-chicken nuggets! Drooling here…

I was having a Mary’s Gone Crackers snack today…original flavor. I was enjoying myself and then suddenly I got a hard seed or something and thought I had broken my tooth! Gah!! So okay, fluke. Had another one…same freaking thing! Worse than gristle in your grease pit hamburger.

Now I’m looking at the box and I want another cracker. But I’M SCARED.



27 Niki April 8, 2009 at 9:41 pm

I’m loving the coconut chicken nuggets idea!!

28 biz319 April 8, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Is that your BSI entry this week?? The ingredient is coconut!

29 Ellen April 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm

man, i did a four mile trail run on monday for the first time and i have to say, i am STILL sore. it wasn’t so bad during the run, but my body is definitely not used to it! i wish you luck!

30 Sara April 8, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Great idea for the chicken nuggets. I love coconut shrimp, so I bet the chicken is great that way too.

31 lilveggiepatch April 8, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Your entire dinner looks like heaven! Pumpkin and SAGE orzo?! There may be some coconut toficken in my future, too. Hope Derek had a happy birthday!

32 Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks April 8, 2009 at 11:06 pm

I have never thought of using coconut like that! Thanks for the great idea!

Mmmmm…kitkat blondie!

33 Mica April 8, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Hahaha, when I saw the picture I thought, “WHY ARE THOSE CHICKEN NUGGETS SO HAIRY?!??” I love the idea of coconut chicken nuggets with bbq sauce. You’re a nugget genius, Meghann!

34 Sarah April 9, 2009 at 12:30 am

You should try a white fish with your coconut breading (i.e. tilapia, halibut, mahi mahi), little pineapple salsa on the side, a pina colada…a little green bikini action…

35 wholefoodswholeme April 9, 2009 at 3:43 am

another stunning creation!!! i KNOW i would love this since i’m crazy about coconut – a MUST TRY.

36 Amanda April 9, 2009 at 6:42 am

Naturally nutty on the kit kat blondie is a double-whammy Michigan treat!! Let me know if we need to restock your freezer with blondies. ๐Ÿ™‚

37 Shelby April 9, 2009 at 6:54 am

Coconut Chicken Nuggets sound fabulous! I might just try that with a vegan version =)

Your dessert sounds AMAZING!

38 ksgoodeats April 9, 2009 at 7:31 am

Those crackers, yum! I love thick and hearty crackers ๐Ÿ™‚

39 redheadyellowdog April 9, 2009 at 8:32 am

totally making coconut shrimp this weekend…thanks for the idea! I used to look getting it at Joe’s crab shack back in the’s always fun to healthify an old classic ๐Ÿ™‚

40 Erin April 9, 2009 at 8:45 am

That coconut chicken is brilliant! So much so that I might even go buy coconut and try your recipe.


41 sarahdbelle April 9, 2009 at 8:52 am

What a fabulous idea. I definitely want to try this! You’re so creative ; )

42 runnerskitchen April 9, 2009 at 9:17 am

Your coconut chicken nuggets look so tasty! Lucky for me, I have a nearly full container of unsweetened coconut in my pantry. I’ll have to try the recipe soon.

43 Nicole April 9, 2009 at 9:34 am

mmmmm, the blondie looks amazing! great idea to top it with pb ๐Ÿ˜€

44 Meg April 9, 2009 at 10:25 am

Those coconut chicken nuggets look so good!!! I can’t wait to make them!!!!

45 joggerslife April 9, 2009 at 11:21 am

Your pumpkin sage orzo is so pretty!! Looks good!

46 Shannon (The Daily Balance) April 9, 2009 at 2:04 pm

dinner looks DELISH! what a great idea ๐Ÿ˜‰

47 Lauren April 9, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Genius! I love this idea for coconut chicken nuggets. Bookmarked indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

48 lauren (athlEAT) April 9, 2009 at 3:08 pm

the nuggets look incredible. I have some unsweetened coconut in my fridge – so I want to make this soon! great recipe.

oh and I read you had your coconut in your pantry – when I first bought mine – I had it in my pantry too, but I found out later it said refrigerate after opening. I dont know enough about it, but figured I would mention it…just in case…not sure if it can go bad?

49 Jenn (eating bender) April 9, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Those nuggets look amazing! Great idea ๐Ÿ™‚

I just read your post about the money you raised and the amazing woman in Iraq right now who donated to your cause. All of it is truly amazing. I am so inspired by what you are doing!

50 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Im obsessed with Mary’s crackers! So good. I recreated them, it was actually really easy and much cheaper!!

51 Rose April 10, 2009 at 8:29 am

Love those crackers!

52 Sarah April 13, 2009 at 6:28 pm

LOVE the idea of coconut chicken nuggets!! What a great idea!

53 Marianne April 14, 2009 at 8:47 pm

You totally should have entered these into this week’s BSI contest, since the ingredient was coconut! ๐Ÿ™‚ They look great, I might have to give them a go sometime.

54 Brianna K. February 4, 2013 at 7:58 pm

I just fell in love with coconut and was looking for a savory meal to use it in. I’ve made cornmeal-crusted chicken tenders before, but I can’t wait to bake these nuggets for an easy weeknight meal. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚
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