Coconut-Lime Chicken Recipe
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Coconut-Lime Chicken Recipe

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Marry tangy lime with sweet coconut and you get this exotic tasting chicken dish. Fragrant jasmine rice is a wonderful accompaniment.—Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
Recommended: Key Lime Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked jasmine rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime peel
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup chicken mixture with 3/4 cup rice: 415 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 671mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, bring the rice, water, coconut milk, sugar and salt to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the lime juice, soy sauce, lime peel, ginger, vinegar and honey; set aside. In a large skillet, saute chicken in canola and sesame oils until no longer pink. Add lime mixture to the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Sprinkle with coconut and cilantro. Fluff rice with a fork and serve with chicken mixture. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Coconut-Lime Chicken in Country Woman December/January 2012, p47

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Chickermunker2 User ID: 7847785 191274
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2014

"My fiance liked the tangy taste and the rice was great. But WAY too much lime for my taste. If I were to try this again I would use 1/8 cup lime. And I usually let meat simmer in the sauce as I finish putting the meal together; If I had followed your directions more closely, the flavor would not have been so overpowering."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 194989
Reviewed May. 18, 2014

"Next time I will add a whole cup of the coconut milk to the jasmine rice instead of 3/4 cup to equal 2 whole cups of liquid to one cup of rice. That ratio has been working better for me. At first I thought that the lime was overpowering so I added the rest of the can of coconut milk at the very end of cooking. Combined with the creamy rice, it was perfect. We really enjoyed this meal."

sheriann User ID: 45644 123369
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2012

"I ran out of lime juice & went ahead making it. It was delicious though. I will make it again WITH lime juice. It is easy to make & dinner ready less than 45 minutes!"

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