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With minimal prep, Skillet Coconut Lime Chicken will become a weeknight go-to dinner. It’s creamy and indulgent while being light and refreshing.

Serve this chicken with Cilantro Lime Rice and Roasted Honey Mustard Brussels Sprouts.

Skillet Coconut Lime Chicken


This skillet chicken is simple and very quick to make in one pan. It’s creamy without being overly rich.

  1. Chicken. I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts. If they’re large you can cut them horizontally. They’ll cook quicker and feed more people. You can also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
  2. Coconut milk. Canned coconut milk (full fat) will have the most flavor. Make sure you use coconut milk, not coconut cream. Evaporated milk is a good substitution for coconut milk.
  3. Garlic. Fresh garlic is best but jarred garlic is my next choice.
  4. Flour. Baking powder, arrowroot starch, or cornstarch can be used instead of all-purpose flour. The chicken will be lighter than with flour but delicious. 
  5. Brown sugar. You can sub coconut sugar for the brown sugar.

chicken in skillet


  1. Love lime? Add more lime zest to your recipe.
  2. Freshly ground black pepper has so much more flavor.
  3. I often add broccoli slaw and double the sauce and seasoning.
  4. If you’re not a fan of coconut, you can use all chicken broth. 
  5. This is equally good over cauliflower rice or ramen noodles.
  6. Always taste after a recipe is finished and add more seasoning if needed. 

Coconut Lime Chicken

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Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary based on the products used.

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Skillet Coconut Lime Chicken

Skillet Coconut Lime Chicken

With minimal prep, Skillet Coconut Lime Chicken will become a weeknight go-to dinner. It's creamy and indulgent while being light and refreshing.
Author: Paula
5 from 8 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
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  • 4 medium chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-3 minced garlic cloves
  • cup chicken broth
  • ¾ cup canned coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • juice of half a lime
  • fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Lime wedges, for serving


  • Season the chicken breasts with cumin, salt, and pepper.
  • Dredge the seasoned chicken in flour.
  • Heat one tablespoon of olive oil and one tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Place the chicken cutlets into the hot skillet and cook for 4-6 minutes per side, or until the chicken is cooked through and lightly browned.
  • Set the chicken aside on a plate to rest.
  • Add the remaining oil and butter to the skillet to melt.
  • Add the minced garlic and cook for one minute until the garlic is fragrant.
  • Add the broth to the pan and scrape off any browned bits. Stir in coconut milk and lime juice.
  • Return the cooked chicken to the skillet and simmer the sauce for 2-3 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  • Remove from heat and spoon the sauce over the top of the chicken and garnish with fresh cilantro.
  • Serve over rice with a lime wedge.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.


Calories: 537kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 489mg | Potassium: 998mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 247IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This was such an easy dinner idea! Really tasty and going to try it over ramen next!

  2. 5 stars
    Love the tropical twist to this easy skillet meal. Super filling when protein is paired with a yummy fat like coconut milk. Adding to my meal prep menu!

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