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Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a “functional food” because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. This easy recipes gives you all its benefits together with healthy protein from chicken.

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Coconut Crusted Chicken
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If you’d like your child to help with the cooking and learn more about food,
scroll down for our child friendly tips.



  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp orange juice
  • salt & pepper (cayenne if spice desired)
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • vegetables of choice and brown rice


  1. In shallow dish, mix olive oil and orange juice, add pepper and salt.
  2. Marinade breasts of chicken for 2 hours or more (e.g. before you leave for work)
  3. Keep in the fridge, and turn a couple of times
  4. Before cooking:
    • Preheat over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit / 180 degree celcius
    • In a bowl mix sesame seeds with unsweetened desiccated coconut
  5. Roll marinated chicken breasts in mixture
  6. Bake chicken breasts
  7. Grill for 10 minutes, each side

Serve along side steamed broccoli or vegetable of choice, and steamed brown rice.

Get the children to help

Easy tasks for younger children

  • measure 2 tbsp olive oil
  • measure 4 tbsp orange juice
  • choose your favourite vegetables

Moderate tasks for older children

  • choose suitable tongs and roll marinated chicken breasts in orange-juice mixture.

Brain Teaser

  • Go figure: Did you know coconuts are a favourite food of many monkeys and apes? But how do they crack open the fruit’s thick skin?
  • Watch: Who is faster at plucking coconuts – man or monkey? Have a guess then watch the two species slug it out here
  • Go figure: Want to know how to grow your own coconut tree?

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