My mother is Filipino so I grew up eating exotic foods like lumpia, fried rice and coconut chicken. However I dreamed of eating Wonder bread and ho hos as all of my friends were eating them.
With age comes wisdom, or at least for me, a more refined food palate, so I’ve tried to recreate my mom’s recipe since it works wonderfully as a paleo and keto chicken recipe I can eat over and over again.
Thankfully I have her to consult but we live a 1000 miles away so I can’t go watch her whip it up in her kitchen. Also, she doesn’t use standard measurement tools and instead she tends to describe measurements as ” a little bit of water” or ” a pinch of this.”
I’m so glad I stuck with it because ever since I nailed the recipe down I’ve been in coconut chicken heaven.
This recipes is dairy-free and uses both coconut oil and full fat coconut milk.
If you’re not aware of the benefit of coconut oil, it’s been the focus of over 1500 studies. Coconut oil is one of the healthiest foods and it’s filled with medium-chain fatty acids.
Why Include Coconut Oil in Your Diet
Because coconut oil helps burn fat so easily, and because it doesn’t store as body fat, it is an ideal healthy fat to use a lot of while on the keto diet. Plus, it tastes delicious! Coconut oil complements the keto diet perfectly because it supports the body systems the keto diet improves as well. Let’s look at how coconut oil improves health.
Major Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains what’s known as medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs for short. MCTs are part man-made, part naturally occurring fats. That long-winded name refers to how carbon atoms are organized in their chemical structures. MCTs are made, usually, by processing coconut and other oils in a lab. Conversely, usual dietary fats contain long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) and minor dietary fats contain short-chain triglycerides (SCTs).
Those MCTs, unlike the other two fatty acids, help you increase ketone production, which is the goal of the keto diet. MCT’s also help because they satisfy you so you don’t get as hungry as you do on other diets. Plus, they provide the body and brain with tons of energy!
Among other perks, coconut oil helps with digestion. The antimicrobial elements in it help break down bacteria and even alleviate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, among other digestion issues. To further explain, coconut oil contains fungi- and virus-fighting lipids (or fat) and three different acids: lauric, capric and caprylic. Once you eat coconut oil, those four components work to strengthen the body’s immunity by directly attacking viruses, just like medicine. Not only does it work for big problems, it also works very effectively against a regular cold. So if you feel the sniffles coming on, reach for the coconut oil. At the same time, coconut oil also helps your body absorb even more vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and other nutrients.
Seriously the list goes on and on so I would highly recommend you add it to your diet immediately and here is my favorite brand of coconut oil. I also wrote a post sharing 55 Surprising uses for Coconut oil which goes into more detail about coconut oil.
Easy Coconut Chicken
In medium sauce pan over medium/low heat add the coconut oil and diced chicken thighs.
Cook for 2 -3 minutes and then add the apple cider vinegar, water and garlic cloves and cook for 3 minutes.
Add the black pepper and Celtic Sea Salt and cook until the liquid all boils down. This should take roughly 10 minutes.
Stir in the coconut milk and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes until your liquid thickens slightly and you have a gravy
Remove from heat and enjoy!
Please note that if you leave the pan on the heat, the gravy will cook away until you have coconut oil.
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