Tim Ferriss’ Crisp-Baked Sesame-Coconut Chicken

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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.


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