March 19, 2012   By Kelly Bejelly


My ma is Filipino so I grew up eating lumpia, fried rice and coconut chicken but dreamed of eating Wonder bread and ho hos.  With age comes wisdom, or at least for me, a more refined food palate, so I’ve tried to recreate my ma’s recipe as wonderfully enough it’s a paleo chicken recipe I can enjoy over and over.

Yes, I have her to consult, but she tends to describe measurements as ” a little bit of water” or ” a pinch of this” and since I live 1000 miles away, I can’t go and watch her so I have to improvise.  I’m so glad I stuck with it because I’ve been in coconut chicken heaven ever since I nailed the recipe down last week.


Easy 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 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.