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Thai Coconut Lime Chicken

We love the classic Thai flavours in this dish, including coconut, lime and fish sauce, which pair amazingly with chicken. This recipe serves 6 making it perfect for a fancy dinner party. Serve with jasmine rice.
Serves: 6
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 45 min



6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp lime juice
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
2 tbsp unsweetened coconut, grated
½ cup cilantro, fresh, chopped


1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 ½ cups onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp ginger, fresh, minced
2 tsp jalapeño pepper, minced
1 banana, small, mashed
1 can coconut milk
⅔ cups tomatoes, chopped
½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 tbsp fish sauce
3 Thai lime leaves, bruised (optional)
2 stalks lemongrass, bruised
2 tsp cumin, ground
2 tsp coriander, ground
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp fennel seed, ground
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp sesame oil

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. In large bowl, combine 2 Tbsp (30 mL) of the oil, lime juice, salt and pepper. Add chicken, turning to coat. Let stand for 10 minutes.

  2. In large skillet, toast coconut over medium heat, stirring constantly, until golden, about 3 minutes. Set aside for sauce.

  3. In same skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat; brown chicken, turning once. Transfer to large baking dish; set aside.

  4. Drain fat from skillet; heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Fry onions until softened, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, jalapeño and banana; cook over medium-low heat, stirring, for 2 minutes.

  5. Add coconut milk, tomatoes, chicken stock, fish sauce, lime leaves (if using), lemongrass, cumin, cilantro, salt, pepper, cayenne, turmeric and fennel seeds; stir to combine. Bring to simmer; cook, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Discard lime leaves and lemongrass. Stir in lime juice, sesame oil and toasted coconut.

  6. Pour over chicken. Bake in 350°F (175°C) oven for 30 minutes or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºC (74°C). Sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

Helpful Tip

Lemongrass is a fragrant, woody herb. It is necessary to bruise it before cooking in order to draw out the flavour. To do this, set lemongrass on a cutting board. Whack repeatedly with the back of a large knife until the tender core is visible.

Nutrition Info

Per 480 g serving Amount
Protein65 g
Fat41 g
Saturated Fat24 g
Carbohydrate13 g
Fibre3 g
Sugar4 g
Cholesterol155 mg
Sodium1120 mg
Per 480 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A6
Vitamin C25
Vitamin B692
Vitamin B1253