Coconutty Chicken – Take Back the Kitchen

June 13, 2016
Coconut chicken with sweet potato wedges

Coconutty Chicken is a delicious coconut chicken recipe that is easy to make from scratch. Your kids will love to make this with you.

For me the kitchen is the heart of the home. I have lovely memories of being in the kitchen as a child baking cakes and biscuits with my mum or my granny. We enjoyed our time together and I learnt valuable cooking skills.

Not only did we make cakes and biscuits but I remember my mum preparing for dinner parties. My dad’s colleagues would come for a meal and my mum would prepare as much as she could in advance so she had time to spend with the guests. It was an elaborate affair with a selection of starters, main courses and desserts to cater for different dietary requirements.

I used to help her with the preparation. While the guests were there us kids had to stay out of the way, but we used to sneak in after they had dessert and help ourselves to the leftovers. In recent years I have spent happy hours in the kitchen making cakes with my son and trying to pass my love of cooking on to him.

Take Back the Kitchen

Recently Wren Kitchens got in touch regarding their Take Back the Kitchen campaign. They believe that the kitchen should be the centre of the home and a place where a family can spend time together. It should also be a place where you can cook and enjoy delicious and nutritious meals.

Sadly modern life means that a lot of time is spent rushing around and there is not always the time to get your little ones into the kitchen. Wren Kitchens did a survey of 2,000 parents with children ages 0-16 which found 3 in 4 families admit they could be eating better and 1 in 10 parents only cook from scratch and sit down for a meal once a month.

To help parents Wren Kitchens have created a Little Kitchen Hub which is full of great ideas to help your little ones get cooking, along with a downloadable e-book of recipes and inspiration. There are lots of ideas for spending time with your little ones, some of them are full day activities with crafting and shopping. There are also some great ideas for tasty and healthy recipes.

I was challenged to try out one of these ideas and got my son to help make coconutty chicken with sweet potato wedges.

Cocnutty chicken with sweet pototo wedges

Now my son is a teenager I am more aware that he will need to learn to fend for himself in the kitchen. He has figured out how to use the tin opener and I frequently go into the kitchen to find opened tins.

Teenage boys never stop eating it seems. He will need to be able to do more than open tins when he moves out of the house. When I found the recipe for coconutty chicken strips in the Little Kitchen recipe book I knew he would love to make it.

It is a really simple recipe to make. The chicken needs to be dipped in egg, flour and either coconut or peanuts then placed on a baking tray and cooked in the oven.

To go along with the coconutty chicken I decided to make some sweet potato wedges. I had half a large sweet potato left over after I had made John Waite’s spiced lamb pasties. 

Sweet potatoes are healthier than normal potatoes, packed with vitamins and minerals and they taste lovely as well. Potato wedges are also easy to cook in the oven and go perfectly with chicken. We added some paprika and black pepper to make them a little bit more spicy.

Coconut chicken with sweet potato wedges

My son got a sense of achievement from having made most of the meal himself. I was happy that I was serving something that was tasty but also healthy. The coconut and peanut coating on the chicken is a nice twist on the traditional chicken nugget but adds a sweeter flavour.

The original recipe called for the peanuts to be crushed into small pieces in a blender but I had some Gado Gado mix left over from when I made Gado Gado salad.. This consists of crushed peanuts with a few extra spices and it made a lovely coating for the chicken.

Coconutty chicken with sweet potato wedges

Coconutty Chicken with Sweet Potato Wedges Recipe

Coconutty chicken
Ingredients
  • 50 g dessicated coconut
  • 55 g peanuts
  • 28 g flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 400 g chicken strips cut chicken breast into pieces
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C Gas mark 6
  2. Grease two baking trays and line with baking parchment
  3. Crush the peanuts into small pieces using a blender
  4. Add the flour, coconut and peanuts to separate bowls.
  5. Beat the egg in another bowl.
  6. Take a strip of chicken dip it in the egg, then the flour then either the coconut or peanut mixture.
  7. Place on a baking tray and repeat until all the strips are covered
  8. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook in the oven for fifteen minutes
  9. Serve with lemon wedges to squeeze over
Sweet potato wedges
Ingredients
  • 2-3 sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and black pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C Gas Mark 6
  2. Cut the sweet potato into wedges
  3. In a large bowl toss the potato wedges with the oil, paprika and salt and pepper
  4. Place on a baking tray and bake for about 30 minutes until soft

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Linking with the kitchen clearout linky on Madhouse Family Reviews as I managed to use up my Gado Gado sachet.

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10 responses to “Coconutty Chicken – Take Back the Kitchen”

  1. Galina V says:

    Love the sound of chicken strips dipped in coconut. Great idea!

  2. Eb Gargano says:

    This sounds amazing! I’m slightly worried about the teenage boys never stop eating thing. My little boy is only 5 and already eats a lot! There was the 6 Weetabix day that particularly sticks in my mind… 🙂 Eb x

  3. I am all for getting little ones involved with cooking. That is going to be so important to me when my kid is old enough to help.

  4. Corina says:

    I love simple recipes that can get kids into the kitchen. My little ones are only 2 and 4 but they love helping. They don’t always want to eat it afterwards but I’m hoping they will one day. They are at least getting better at the moment

  5. Ooh nice use of the gado gado mix – I have half a bag in the cupboard that needs using up and I’d never thought of using it as a chicken coating. I will definitely be giving it a go. Thanks for linking up 🙂

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