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coconut chicken in a skillet with lime slices and cilantro

Creamy Coconut Chicken with Lime

This coconut chicken with a hint of lime is creamy and delicious! With just one skillet and a few simple ingredients, you'll have a tasty, yet healthy dinner. This coconut chicken is packed with flavor and takes less than 30 minutes to make!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Keyword easy chicken recipe, one pan, under 30 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 508kcal


  • Large skillet


  • 1 ½ pounds chicken cutlets about 1/4-inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons butter see Notes
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 15-ounce can unsweetened full-fat coconut milk
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • ½-1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Season both side of chicken cutlets with salt and pepper.
    Seasoned chicken breasts on wooden cutting board
  • Melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat, add chicken cutlets and cook until golden brown on each side, about 2 minutes per side. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.
    Chicken in butter in a large silver pan
  • Add in garlic, cooking for just a few seconds or until fragrant. Add in coconut milk, chicken stock, lime juice, lime zest, and red pepper flakes. Bring everything to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until sauce has reduced by about half.
    Creamy sauce in large skillet
  • Return chicken cutlets to skillet, cover with lid, and cook for about 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove from heat and sprinkle with fresh cilantro. Serve immediately.


  • Make it Dairy-Free: Use coconut oil in place of the butter.
Recipe yields approximately 4 servings. Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by 4. Result will be the weight of one serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 508kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 311mg | Potassium: 978mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 3mg | Net Carbs: 6g