Creamy Coconut Lime Chicken & Vegetables

I’ve got a new easy one-dish dinner for you that’s allergy-friendly! It’s dairy-free and, if you use gluten-free soy sauce, it’s also gluten-free. Plus, you can make this creamy coconut lime chicken all in one pan, and it’s great leftover. What more could you ask for this busy time of year? We really hit the ground running over here after a nice winter break!

Coconut lime chicken and veggies on 100 Days of Real Food

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Ingredients for my Creamy Coconut Lime Chicken & Veggies

  • Olive Oil – Extra virgin
  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs – We used Farmer Focus organic chicken
  • Bell Pepper – Cored, seeded, and diced
  • Salt and pepper – To taste
  • Coconut milk – Helps make the sauce creamy
  • Lime – Juice and zest
  • Soy Sauce – Can use gluten-free
  • Garlic – Minced
  • Fresh ginger – Peeled and grated
  • Cayenne pepper – For a little spice
  • Frozen peas – No need to defrost
  • Brown rice – For serving

Easy directions for this one-pot meal

  1. Chicken: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and bell pepper, season with salt and pepper, and cook until the chicken is browned on both sides and no longer pink in the middle, 6 to 10 minutes (depending on thickness). Transfer to plate and set aside.
  2. Sauce: Still over medium heat, whisk in the coconut milk, lime zest and juice, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer and cook while stirring occasionally until the sauce is smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Combine: Add the chicken and peppers back to the pan along with the peas and cook until everything is heated all the way through, another couple minutes. Season with salt and serve over brown rice.
Creamy coconut and lime chicken recipe

Creamy Coconut Lime Chicken & Veggies

This easy one-pot dinner has a creamy coconut lime sauce that pairs perfectly with the chicken and veggies.
4.7 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
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Servings: 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 1 red bell pepper cored, seeded, and diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 13.5 can coconut milk
  • 1 lime zest and juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger grated
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne (red) pepper
  • 1 cup frozen peas no need to defrost
  • 4 servings brown rice cooked according to package directions (see recipe notes for an easy option!)

Instructions
 

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and bell pepper, season with salt and pepper, and cook until the chicken is browned on both sides and no longer pink in the middle, 6 to 10 minutes (depending on thickness). Transfer to plate and set aside.
  • Still over medium heat, whisk in the coconut milk, lime zest and juice, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer and cook while stirring occasionally until the sauce is smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the chicken and peppers back to the pan along with the peas and cook until everything is heated all the way through, another couple minutes. Season with salt and serve over brown rice.

Notes

Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Coconut Lime Chicken & Veggies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 544 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 22g138%
Cholesterol 108mg36%
Sodium 253mg11%
Potassium 775mg22%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 1262IU25%
Vitamin C 61mg74%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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18 thoughts on “Creamy Coconut Lime Chicken & Vegetables”

  1. 5 stars
    We loved this one, and will make it again. We did serve it over riced cauliflower rather than brown rice. Other than that we made it as the recipe detailed. I thought it was great.

  2. 3 stars
    This was okay for an easy dinner, though I did end up adding 1tsp red curry paste and 1TBSP maple syrup for that Thai sweetness. The recipe is so almost curry that it seemed lacking in flavor otherwise. We also did not care for boneless chicken thighs in this application and I wish I would have used breast sliced thinly. I won’t be making it again and will just stick to a curry recipe instead but it isn’t bad as written.

  3. This looks amazing and I’m dying to try it! One question though…do the calories include the brown rice or is that 860 calories without the rice? If it includes the rice, do you have any idea how many calories it is without the rice? Thanks for your help!

  4. Holy flurging shnit!! I served this over riced cauliflower and whole oat groats… IT WAS SOOOOOOO GOOD!!!

    Easy peasy idiot proof recipe.

    Highly recommend!!!

  5. 5 stars
    This was SO GOOD. Everyone in my family loved it, plus it was super quick and easy. I threw a bunch of spinach in, too, and it was great!

  6. Hi Lisa,
    I like the idea of this quick and creamy chicken dish. Since my blog is for folks with IBS I was happy to see that the veggies are safe ones, according to the Monash Univ. App for avoiding high FODMAPS in food. (FODMAP is an acronym for chemicals in food that cause IBS flares.) I also plan to make this for an International student dinner sponsored by my church. Many of the students are from India and they don’t eat dairy. Thanks for posting it.:)

    1. 5 stars
      Delish! My kids absolutely loved this and it was so easy!! I cut up the chicken into bite sized portions and used coconut aminos instead of soy sauce because we are soy free. Next time I might put some Thai curry paste in it too, yum! It’s also great with cauliflower rice. Thanks for another great recipe!

  7. Is it 850 calories per serving (so approximately 2500 for the entire meal), or is it 850 calories total (with each serving being 850/4)? Just curious as 850 calories per serving seems like a lot of calories (though not necessarily unhealthy). While it does not work for everyone, our family focuses on whole foods but is also mindful of caloric intake, which means this may not work for us. Either way, recipe looks great!

    1. Hi MST – There was actually an error in the nutrition calculation that I have corrected; sorry about that! The correct value is 544 calories per serving. Also if you use lite coconut milk, it drops to about 434. We typically avoid “lite” products because they are usually full of junk, but lite coconut milk is just regular coconut milk with water added. – Jason

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