Tim Ferriss' Crisp-Baked Sesame-Coconut Chicken

Tim Ferriss believes comfort food should be satisfying, unchallenging, quick and healthy. Craving fried chicken? Try baking it! Instead of using bread crumbs, Tim Ferriss uses coconut flakes and sesame seeds to create a crunchy but light crust. Sesame seeds are excellent sources of energy boosting magnesium and bone-building calcium.

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  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • pinch of mustard powder
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken
  • 4 tbsp coconut flakes
  • 6 tbsp sesame seeds


Preheat the oven to 450°F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, egg yolk, sesame oil, mustard powder, salt, and pepper.

Add the 1 1/2 lb of 1" chicken chunks and toss to coat.

Spread the sesame seeds and coconut flakes on a plate and combine with your fingers. With one hand, lift each piece of the chicken from the mayonnaise mixture and set it on top of the sesame-coconut mixture.

With the other (clean, dry) hand, sprinkle some of the sesame-coconut on top.

Transfer the chicken to the prepared baking sheet as you do so. The pieces don’t have to be completely coated with sesame-coconut to end up heavenly.

Bake until golden brown and cooked through, 20–22 minutes.

Let cool for 1–2 minutes (to allow the crust to firm up a bit), then serve.