Coconut Chicken Strips and Broccoli Cheese Quinoa Cups

coconut Chicken strips and quinoa cups

This is the best picture I could manage the night I made these. The chicken strips reflect way too much light. I guess I should have been patient enough to brown them under the broiler. After the success of the tofu version of these I made, I couldn’t wait long enough. I came accross both of these recipes via pinterest and they immediately went to the top of my do make list. You can find the chicken strip recipe here on Budget Bytes. And the quinoa cups here on Iowa Girl Eats. Both of these recipes you don’t actually have to follow as they are flexible. Just look for inspiration and go with what you feel like.

Changes to the chicken strips:

  • added coconut milk powder to the coating mix instead of coating them in coconut milk
  • baked them at 170C for 25 minutes instead of frying

Changes to the quinoa cups

  • used steamed broccoli and shredded gouda (cheap supermarket stuff) as the addins
  • used a bit less quinoa so only used two eggs, no egg whites

 Where to find shredded coconut: in the cake baking section of your supermarket (very small bag for about 130 yen).

Where to find coconut milk powder: in the Asian food section of your supermarket near the Thai curry mix or an import shop. The spice maker S&B now makes small (about 30g) bags as addins for curry and they are located in the curry section.

Where to find quinoa: sometimes you can find small bags in import shops, health food stores, online at Rakuten, Amazon, etc. – it is called キヌア kinua in Japanese.

Where to find Thai Sweet Chili Sauce: the below pic is the only brand I’ve ever seen. It used to have English on it as well but the last bottle I bought doesn’t. It is in the Asian food section of supermarkets and should be readily available as it is used for spring roll dipping sauce.

coconut tofu fries

Coconut Tofu Fries

I saw a great looking coconut chicken with chili dipping sauce recipe on Budget Bytes and I knew I had to make them. I will make the chicken version in the future but I played around with tofu first. I had some coconut milk powder leftover from a curry a while ago and decided to use that as my coconut flavoring since I didn’t have any coconut. These have a hint of coconut flavor and taste great with sweet chili sauce.

Baked Coconut Tofu Fries

Inspired by this recipe

1 large block firm tofu
1 tablespoon coconut powder
1 egg
1 cup panko (Japenese bread crumbs)
salt and pepper to taste
Thai sweet chili sauce (for dipping)

Drain the tofu, wrap in a clean cloth and put something heavy on top to drain the water. Let sit for a couple of hours. When the tofu is drained, preheat the oven to 180 C. Cut the tofu into large fries – about steak fry size. Don’t cut them too thin or they will break. Put the panko, salt, pepper and coconut powder in a ziploc bag, seal and give it a shake. Put the egg in a bowl with a bottom wide enough to be able to coat the fries with ease and give it a quick whisk. Dip the fries in egg, give them a shake in the panko mixture and put them on an oiled or non-stick baking surface. Bake for 30 minutes. They should have started to brown. I took mine out early because I was hungry but you can go darker than the picture.

Thai Sweet Chili Sauce