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by Kelly Bejelly

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 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 keto coconut chicken

Easy Coconut Chicken

Course: dinner
Cuisine: filipino
Keyword: keto coconut chicken
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 286 kcal
Author: Kelly Bejelly



  1. In medium sauce pan over medium/low heat add the coconut oil and diced chicken thighs.
  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 black pepper and Celtic Sea Salt 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 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 Facts
Easy Coconut Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 286 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 401mg 17%
Potassium 428mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 0.5%
Vitamin C 2.1%
Calcium 2.7%
Iron 15.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • 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!

    • Author
      March 20, 2012 at 11:04 am

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

  • 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?

    • Author
      March 20, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      Of course! It’s super tasty!

  • 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!

    • Author
      March 20, 2012 at 7:45 pm

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

  • 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!

  • 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 🙂

  • 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!!!

  • 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!

    • Author
      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.

  • 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!

    • Author
      May 8, 2012 at 8:14 pm

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

  • June 5, 2012 at 8:15 pm

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

    • Author
      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 🙂

  • June 6, 2012 at 10:06 am

    oh man that sounds really good, totally easy peasy!

  • June 9, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I love coconut and chicken together.

  • June 16, 2012 at 1:31 pm

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

  • June 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm

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

  • July 13, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Oooh this looks yummy!

  • 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”.

    • November 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm

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

  • 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!

  • 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?

    • 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.

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

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

    • November 4, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it Danielle 🙂

  • 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!

    • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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 🙂

  • 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?

    • April 16, 2018 at 8:47 am

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

  • May 29, 2018 at 10:39 am

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

  • 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.

  • June 3, 2018 at 5:06 pm

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