Coconut Crusted Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders
Why did the Bacon Wrap the Chicken? (answer at bottom of page)
Bacon…………………..oops sorry, bacon always puts me in a trance.
Disclaimer: I only support humanely raised pigs that are fed organic feed, do not contain hormones and/or antibiotics.
Same with chicken. This blog is about eating as locally as you can, then organically, humanely raised as you can. In other words, QUALITY trumps everything. Your body, mind, and spirit will thank you.
Applegate Farms is the best brand you can buy at grocery stores, but if you can find bacon from your local farmer, even better!
Back to this insanely awesome recipe that I created on Memorial Day. I was having trouble deciding not just what to do on Memorial Day, but also how exactly I was going to prepare the chicken. I didn’t decide to do bacon wrapped until I realized I needed to cook it because I had it out because I was going to cook Organic McGriddles (another time/next week), so I said BOOM!, bacon wrapped.
I then saw my lonely coconut shreds that I hadn’t used in a good week (crazy, I know) and thought can it be done, has it been done? I thought, either way, I’m doing it.
The end result was amazing. Check it and then wrap it!
- 6-8 large chicken tenders
- 6-8 slices of bacon
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- 2 Tbsp. coconut flour
- 1 Tbsp. paprika
- 1 Tbsp. parsley
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- Salt and pepper
- 4 Tbsp. coconut oil
1.) Prepare the coconut coating: in a large bowl (I used a square pictured here), add coconut shreds, flour, and spices. Mix around with fork or hands.
2.) Prepare the chicken: In this particular recipe I prepared the chicken 3 different ways:
a.) Large tender with one bacon strip
b.) Medium tender (cut from large) with about 1/3 bacon strip, toothpick to hold (2-3 pieces from one large tender)
c.) Small bite-size tender (cut from large) with about ¼ bacon strip, skewer to hold with 4 pieces (one large tender.
You can do what I did or choose ONE of the above, or do your own thing, but the spice/coating combination is perfect!
Prepare the chicken raw and bacon raw, before coating. Lay the bacon strip on a cutting board to measure the size of your tender IF you decided to cut them, if not just wrap the big tenders. Cut bacon and wrap, secure with toothpick or skewer.
3.) Heat skillet to medium heat, add coconut oil. Allow to heat!
4.) Dip the large tenders, coat evenly by flipping or coating with hands, be gently with wrapped tenders as the bacon can come undone! Repeat with the various sizes of tender combinations, coating every nook and cranny with coconut and spices.
5.) Add each tender to oil, one at a time, let cook for about 3 minutes, flip tender cook for 3 and repeat about 3 times. If you have a cover, cover the bacon wrapped tenders for ONE of the round of 3 for a completely cooked chicken tender. Add more parsley towards end for taste and garnish.
6.) Remove, allow to cool and enjoy!
The bacon wrapped the chicken to get into your BELLY! (please comment with a better answer or joke…)