Coconut Sesame Chicken Strips

DRAGON BITES carb-counted recipe

A family-friendly, mostly healthy (sometimes treat-y!) easy recipe for families living well with Type 1 Diabetes.

Coconut Sesame Chicken Strips

A delicious, Southeast Asian twist on traditional chicken fingers, this home-made version is low fat, high protein, gluten-free adaptable and contains only whole, natural ingredients. The simple recipe offers plenty of opportunities for kids young and old to help make a special meal for dad this Father’s Day!

(Recipe inspired by Looney Spoons’ Strip T’s)

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Low-Carb? Yes
Gluten-free? Yes (if you use gluten-free bread crumbs, as I did)
Dairy-free? Yes
Nut-free? Yes

Active Time: 30-40 min
Cook: 15-20 min
Ready in: under an hour

Total Yield: 12-14 chicken fingers (with a total of 34g of carbs)
Carb Content: ~3g for each Coconut Sesame Chicken Finger


½ cup (60g) shredded coconut 1

2 tbsp sesame seeds

½ cup (30g) unseasoned, dry bread crumbs 2

2 eggs 3

2 tsp sesame oil

680g (1 ½ lbs) boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1”-wide strips


Carb Notes:

  1. 8g carbs for Compliments medium desiccated coconut
  2. 24g carbs for President’s Choice Gluten Free Bread Crumbs, Plain
  3. 2g carbs for two eggs



Pre-heat oven to 425°F. Spray a large cookie sheet with oil.


Place coconut and sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat. Cook until golden brown, stirring frequently.


Transfer toasted coconut and sesame seeds to a pie plate or shallow bowl. Add bread crumbs and mix well.


In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs and sesame oil. Add strips of chicken breast and mix until all the pieces are coated.


Working one at a time, roll chicken strips in coconut mixture, placing each on the cooking sheet.


Spray a light coating of oil on the tops of the coated chicken strips.


Bake at 425°F for 10 minutes. Turn pieces over and spray the other side with oil. Bake an additional 5 minutes.


Serve immediately with your favourite dipping sauce.

Please don’t rely exclusively on my carb counting! Nutritional information is given for general information only, and will vary depending on the amount, type and brand of ingredients you choose - Please verify your carb and fat content when you make your own version of this recipe.