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plate of shredded coconut milk chicken breast with cilantro topping

Coconut Milk Chicken

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Prep Time: 3 hr
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 1x


Coconut Milk Chicken is a dairy free, gluten free marinated chicken recipe that is nourishing and delicious! Make this easy weeknight meal in an Instant Pot, oven, or skillet!



Coconut Milk Marinade

  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup coconut milk or lite coconut milk (canned) – Use 1/2 c coconut milk if your chicken breast are very thick.
  • 1/2 lime or orange, squeezed for juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp grated ginger zest or pinch of ground ginger

Other ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 4 oz each
  • 1 tbsp avocado or coconut oil (only if cooking in oven or on stove top)
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt

For Serving

  • Cilantro and/or green onion for garnishing
  • lime or orange wedges, for serving


  1. Add the marinade ingredients to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Place the chicken in a shallow baking dish or Ziploc bag and cover with marinade. Refrigerate for 3 hours or up to 24 hrs.
  2. Once marinated, reserve 1/2 of the marinade and discard the rest.

Oven or stove topĀ instructions

  1. Place marinated chicken breasts in a skillet or in a baking dish with 1 tbsp oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. If cooking on stove top, add a few tbsp of the reserved coconut milk if desired, to moisten. Then, cook for about 20 minutes on medium high heat or until no longer pink inside and internal temperature reaches 163F. Rest chicken for 5 minutes before slicing.
  3. If cooking in oven, feel free to add a few tbsp of coconut marinade on top. Then, place in an oiled baking dish and cook in oven at 350F for 25-30 minutes.

Instant Pot instructions

  1. Place the chicken onto a cooking trivet inside of the Instant Pot. Pour the marinade over the chicken, cover with the lid, and set the valve to “sealing”.
  2. Pressure cook on high for 10 minutes, then perform a natural release of pressure for 10 minutes before removing the lid. NOTE: If you don’t want shredded chicken, you can reduce the cook time to 5 minutes and natural release to 5 minutes.

Toppings for serving

  1. While the chicken is cooking, you can make the jalapeno mango chutney recipe. Chutney is optional, but quite easy to make and delicious!


Chicken with Chutney (Nutrition) – If you’d like to add 2 tbsp of chutney to this chicken dish, the calories will be closer to 225 and sugar will increase to 12-15 grams.

  • Category: Main
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: Indian


  • Serving Size: 4 oz chicken with marinade

Keywords: coconut milk chicken, coconut milk marinade, Indian chicken recipes, gluten-free chicken, dairy-free chicken


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