Cashew-Coconut Chicken Bites with Honey-Curry Yogurt Dip

Can you guess the thing that I love the most about football season? It’s the food! I bet no one here is surprised by that answer. Jeez. I’m so one dimensional and predictable. Sorry guys. How do you put up with me?

Comfort food comes to mind when I think of football parties. It’s all about the dips and chips, buffalo wings, pizza, chili and of course, the beer. I also think game day food should be easy to prepare. Because no one want to be stuck in the kitchen when they are trying to watch the game. That is not conducive to maximum football-watching enjoyment.

Side note: I watched the Miss America Pageant last night while shoving Oreos in my face. That wasn’t the best idea. Especially when the time came for the bathing suit competition. Insert feelings of guilt right here. Anyways…..

These little chicken poppers are the perfect thing to try out at your next football party. They are fast, bite sized, dip-able and a surefire crowd pleaser. The chicken pieces are coated in a mixture of cashews and coconut before being baked in the oven. And the dip is made with Greek yogurt, for a lower calorie/higher protein option than a lot of other dips out there. So they aren’t even all that terrible for your waistline!



Cashew-Coconut Chicken Bites with Honey-Curry Yogurt Dip

Cashew-Coconut Chicken Bites with Honey-Curry Yogurt Dip


  • For the Chicken
  • 1.5 lbs bone-less, skin-less chicken breasts
  • 1 cup cashews (I used roasted and unsalted)
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

  • For the Dip
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper


  1. Place the chicken breasts in your freezer for 30-40 minutes. This will make them firmer and easier to cut.
  2. Meanwhile, in the bowl of your food processor with the blade attachment, pulse the cashews until they are broken down into small pieces. Add the bread crumbs, coconut, salt and pepper and pulse 2-3 times to combine. Pour the mixture into a large shallow bowl or plate. Set aside.
  3. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  4. Cut the chicken breasts into small pieces, about 1 1/2 inches in size. Place the chicken pieces into a bowl or zip-lock bag and pour the buttermilk on top, tossing to coat the chicken.
  5. Dip the chicken pieces in the cashew mixture, rolling them around to coat them on all sides and pressing to adhere the mixture. Transfer to your prepared baking pan. Bake the chicken in your pre-heated oven for 15-17 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove form the oven and set aside to cool slightly.
  6. Make the dip. Whisk together all the ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth and well combined.
  7. Serve the chicken bites with the yogurt dip and a handful of toothpicks!

39 comments on “Cashew-Coconut Chicken Bites with Honey-Curry Yogurt Dip”

  1. Hahahaha…I was eating muffins while watching the pageant!!

  2. You’re right, these are perfect for game day. Love ’em!!

  3. Now this is my kinda chicken!!!!

  4. These look amazing – they’ll please adults and kids alike. Putting on my “to make” list!

    See you at #ifbc!

  5. So bummed I missed Miss America last night. Didn’t know it was on. I love that you ate Oreo’s while watching it and you should never feel guilty about an Oreo’s and milk session. I’m pretty sure it’s a necessity of life 😉

    Anyway … this chicken! Love it and I won’t wait for a football game to make it.

    • Ha ha. I only felt guilty for about 0.2 seconds. I’ll take eating Oreos over parading around in front of millions of people in a bathing suit any day!

  6. I adore curry. That dip would taste great with so many things! Yay for football food!

  7. What a great appetizer, love this recipe!

  8. love the coconut + cashew breading!!! Genius! And doesn’t everyone watch the Miss America Pageant while shoving Oreos in their mouths? 🙂 no worries girl!

  9. Yeah, forget swim suits! After returning from a week of eating more food than I could ever imagine, I don’t want to come anywhere close to a swim suit. But, I’ll take a big serving of these chicken bites. Love the addition of the honey curry yogurt dip!

    • Thanks, Ashely! Yeah I’m off to IFBC this coming weekend and I’m trying to mentally prepare myself for the amount of food I’ll be eating!

  10. We love great appetizers like this as a light dinner on busy nights — great flavors in these!

  11. This chicken looks fantastic Liz! I pretty much love breaded chicken in all its wonderful forms, but have never thought to bread it with cashews and coconut. I bet it’s super rich and nutty, yum! 🙂

    • Thanks, Karen! I was thinking about coconut shrimp and then coconut chicken came to mind. Glad I tried it out! So good!

  12. Yum-O! These remind me of little sesame bites that I make. So easily pop in your mouth delish. Love using buttermilk as a tenderizer for chicken!

  13. Liz, these look so perfect for sunday football games! I love the dipping sauce.

  14. Liz, these look SO good! I love that coconut is involved–talk about perfect football food 🙂

  15. These little bites look so tasty! I’d probably drink the honey curry yogurt dip…. yum! I definitely prefer Football Food to Football Games, too! 🙂

  16. I’m staring at the face of addiction right now. Seriously, if I started eating these deeeelish chicken bites, I wouldn’t be able to stop until the whole lot of them were gone. Love that curry yogurt dip!! #Footballfoodforthewin

  17. LOL! That’s so funny about the Oreos during the pageant. That’s so me. 🙂 I also love football food, and I’d eat these chicken bites football or no football! These flavors sound super delicious!

  18. That’s an amazing combination! They will be gone in seconds at my place.

  19. I can’t wait to try this…I love the coconut and the cashews together!!

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