Easy Keto Coconut Chicken Recipe

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Coconut chicken made with a rich dairy-free sauce that is filled with savory garlic. Top with your favorite low carb rice for healthy dinner.

easy keto coconut chicken

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 this great recipe down, I’ve been in coconut chicken heaven.


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. 

What I love about this coconut chicken recipe

  • It’s dairy-free and works for the paleo, keto and low carb diet
  • Packed full of healthy fats
  • A simple recipe that you can make in 30 minutes or less


Some common questions about this recipe

Can I substitute low fat coconut milk for full fat coconut milk?

No, you can’t.  The recipe will not form a gravy if you use low fat coconut milk


Can I use chicken strips instead of chicken thighs?

Yes, you can use what ever cut you want just make sure the weight is the same. 


Can I use lime juice instead of apple cider vinegar?

Yes, you can use that or lemon juice as a substitution. 


Other chicken recipes you might like:


Easy Coconut Chicken
Yield: 4

Easy Coconut Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
This simple coconut chicken recipe is rich with fragrant garlic and dairy-free



  1. In a large skillet over medium/low heat add the chicken and coconut oil
  2. Cook for 2 -3 minutes and then add the apple cider vinegar, water and garlic cloves and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the salt and pepper and cook until the liquid all boils down. This should take roughly 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in the coconut milk and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes until your liquid thickens slightly and you have a coconut mixture that resembles a gravy.
  5. Remove from heat and enjoy!
  6. Please note that if you leave the pan on the heat, the gravy will cook away until you have coconut oil.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 337 Total Fat: 24g Saturated Fat: 16g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 138mg Sodium: 474mg Carbohydrates: 3g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 29g


  1. TerriAnn @ Cookies and Clogs March 20, 2012 at 9:09 am

    That sounds delicious! When I lived in the Netherlands they had some awesome mixes for a coconut-based chicken and it was delish. I haven’t found a substitute since then so thanks for this recipe. BTW, I need you to scoot those mad lumpia-making skills over here!

    1. Bejelly March 20, 2012 at 11:04 am

      Ha! Maybe I should do a youtube video on lumpia. I hope that you enjoy it!

  2. Mimi March 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Oh my gosh, that sounds SO good. I need some new stuff to try and this would definitely be one of them!! Can I pin this on Pinterest so I can remember to come back for the recipe?

    1. Bejelly March 20, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      Of course! It’s super tasty!

  3. Heather Capewell March 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    My sister-in-law is Filipino and I love when they have lumpia at family gatherings. They never had cocnut chicken, but it looks delicious!

    1. Bejelly March 20, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      You should ask her if she has a recipe. It’s really yummy.

  4. Janelle Prentice March 20, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    This sounds so yummy! I just got some coconut oil so I’m going to try it out!

  5. Amanda March 25, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Yum, this sounds great. And I love that is it is a rediscovered family recipe! Thanks so much for sharing it with Delicious Dish Tuesday. I hope you link up again next week 🙂

  6. Full Time Mama March 26, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I have coconut oil now, but no coconut milk… I’ll def have to get some of that now, cause I WANT to make this! Sounds SO good!
    Thanks so much for linking up again!!!

  7. Brittney May 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I just made this tonight and it was amaaaaaaazing!!!!
    Unfortunately, I didn’t have coconut oil, which I know adds the coconut flavor, so mine ended up tasting more like alfredo sauce. Still soooooo good!
    As someone who is new to gluten-free, making meat more interesting is very important to me.
    Thanks so much!

    1. Bejelly May 8, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! On my diet, I eat a lot of protein so mixing it up with new flavors is a must.

  8. Janelle Prentice May 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I just have to say, this recipe is AMAZING! We’ve had it a few times already and my whole family loves it!

    1. Bejelly May 8, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks Janelle. It was one of my favorite dishes growing up.

  9. Notorious Spinks June 5, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    This looks and sounds so good! I bet your mama can cook too! LOL!

    1. Bejelly June 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      She can and sometimes you never hear the end of her amazing talents. I’m just happy I inherited it 🙂

  10. April June 6, 2012 at 10:06 am

    oh man that sounds really good, totally easy peasy!

  11. April June 9, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I love coconut and chicken together.

  12. Kathleen June 16, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Yum! That looks so good. I love all your recipes.

  13. Amanda June 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    That looks so good! I’ll have to try it!

  14. marg July 13, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Oooh this looks yummy!

  15. Kristine November 17, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I am doing a Paleo challenge and this has been a great addition to my rotation! Although I think it would be amazing with some rice to soak up the “gravy”.

    1. Kelly Bejelly November 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      Yes, I hear you Kristine. Cauliflower works well though:)

  16. Jen January 16, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    That sounds so delicious, I love coconut and we’ve had a can in the cupboard for ages as I didn’t really know what to make with it!

  17. Michelle June 22, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I love this Easy Coconut Chicken Recipe, but I don’t see the actual recipe anymore. How can I get it again?

    1. Kelly Bejelly June 22, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      It might have been an issue with my host but you can see it now on my site.

  18. Danielle B. November 4, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Made it! Loved it! So easy, not a lot of ingredients, and delicious. Thanks!

    1. Kelly Bejelly November 4, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it Danielle 🙂

  19. KAitlin June 3, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I ve been excited to try this—in fact, I’m in the middle of cooking it! However,! I think you might have mixed up some of the instructions . Are we supposed to use the coconut milk in step 1 or step 4? I added the coconut milk and the chicken to the pan first, as the instructions say, but now I’m thinking that I made a mistake….should it have been the oil first?

    Thanks for any advice, we’ll see if I can salvage this!

    1. Kelly Bejelly June 3, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Ops! Yes, I fixed the recipe. Honestly, you should just be able to simmer it until the chicken is cooked and the coconut milk is thickened and all will be well. If it starts to run dry, add a little more coconut milk. Thanks Kaitlin!

  20. Jessica August 4, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I use it a couple times a month. It is absolutely delightful!

  21. Ashley January 6, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Very good! And For those that don’t really care for coconut, the chicken still tatstes really good before the coconut milk is added 🙂

  22. Cathy February 1, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    I made your Easy Coconut Chicken tonight and it turned out pretty runny. It was good tasting however. I was thinking, maybe I could leave out the water? Do you think that is why it was too runny?

    1. Kelly Bejelly April 16, 2018 at 8:47 am

      You should cook it longer hun. It will reduce the longer you cook it hun.

  23. Tessa May 29, 2018 at 10:39 am

    TOO easy, such simple ingredients, sounds so delish!!

  24. Emily @ Recipes to Nourish June 1, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    So yummy! I love how simple this is and bet all of that coconut goodness is so creamy and delicious with the chicken.

  25. ChihYu June 3, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Love how simple it is to make this recipe. Thanks for sharing !

  26. Amy February 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Is the temperature supposed to be med/low the whole time? I’m wondering how such a low temp will boil anything down. Thanks!

    1. Kelly Bejelly February 26, 2019 at 9:12 am

      Yes, one it starts to boil, it will go quick. If you are careful and watching it the whole time you can bring to a boil and reduce to medium.

  27. Jamie April 13, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Just made this..omg..soooo delicious!!


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