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Coconut Lime Chicken

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Tender coconut lime chicken simmered in a flavorful sauce seasoned with coconut milk, minced garlic, lime zest, salt, and pepper.

This recipe is dedicated to all those people who adore coconut lime chicken. Kim did a wonderful job with this dish.

The flavors of coconut and lime blend perfectly with the savory seasonings and spices.

It takes about 35-minutes to prepare, giving you just enough time to create a quick side dish while the chicken cooks.

Coconut lime chicken in a skillet garnished with lime slices.

What goes with coconut lime chicken?

Long grain white rice is a great option because it can soak up all the flavors of the sauce. Take a look at the tips section for more ideas that you can find on our site.

Chicken cutlets cooking in a coconut sauce.

How to make coconut lime chicken?

First, place a large skillet over medium heat. I recommend a cast iron variety, if you have one.

After that, season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides.

Seasoned meat browning in a cast iron skillet.

Next, add the avocado oil to the pan and carefully place the meat into the hot oil.

Let the breasts cook for about 4-minutes on each side and then remove them from the skillet.

Broth and lime juice added to deglaze the skillet.

Now, add chicken broth and lime juice to the pan. Use a wooden spoon and the liquid to deglaze your skillet.

Afterward, add in the coconut milk, minced garlic, lime zest, salt, and pepper.

Go ahead and stir the mixture to combine everything.

Coconut milk and other ingredients added to the broth.

At this point, you can add the chicken back to the skillet. Reduce the heat to low and cover the pan.

Let the poultry cook for about 7-minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked (165 degrees F. at the thickest point).

Last, once the chicken is done, turn off the heat, uncover the pan, and serve while warm.

The chicken added back to the pan to simmer.

That’s all there is to it, you’re coconut lime chicken recipe is done! Kim and I hope you like it and wish you all the best 🙂

Recipe Tips:

  • Brining or marinating the chicken for at least half an hour will help keep it moist and tender during the simmering process.
  • I don’t recommend using a lime concentrate for this dish. A recipe like this should be made with fresh ingredients to ensure the best quality of flavors.
  • If you’re not sure what to serve with coconut lime chicken, then let me suggest the following sides: sauteed broccoli with garlic, lemon couscous salad, or brown rice (Instant Pot).
The coconut chicken has cooked and is ready to eat.

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Coconut lime chicken in a skillet garnished with lime slices.

Coconut Lime Chicken

Yield: 1 Lb.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Tender coconut lime chicken simmered in a flavorful sauce seasoned with coconut milk, minced garlic, lime zest, salt, and pepper.


  • 1 Pound Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, pounded thin (should be 4 thin chicken breasts)
  • Salt and Pepper for seasoning chicken
  • 2 Tablespoons Avocado or Coconut Oil
  • ⅓ Cup Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
  • ¼ Cup Chicken Broth
  • 15 Ounces Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Lime Zest
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon Pepper


Heat a large skillet over medium heat. While the skillet heats, season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper.

After the skillet gets hot, add the oil and chicken. Cook the chicken for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, just long enough to sear it. Remove the chicken from the pan to a waiting plate.

Pour in the lime juice and chicken broth. Use a wooden spoon to scrape any browned bits off the pan, then add the coconut milk, garlic, lime zest, salt and pepper. Stir to combine the ingredients. 

Add the chicken breasts back to the pan, cover, and reduce the heat to low. Continue to cook at a simmer for an additional 5 to 7 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. An instant read thermometer should read 165°F when inserted into the chicken.

Remove the chicken from the pan, and serve with extra coconut sauce, fresh veggies, and rice.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 4-ounces of the coconut lime chicken. Actual calories will vary. For more information or tips, please refer to the post.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 492Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 605mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 43g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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