Coconut Chicken Recipe – Gluten and Dairy Free

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A Coconut Chicken recipe that is gluten and dairy free and loaded with flavor.

This dish has a lot of coconut, but I promise it isn’t overpowering. My husband said, “it’s like comfort food!” Which I replied, “without a drop of butter or flour!” It’s hard pleasing my husband so when he says that he likes a meal it’s a good sign.

I used my collection of Nutiva coconut products to make this delicious Coconut Chicken.


Gluten Free Coconut Chicken

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Servings 4 people

What you will need

  • 1 pound boneless chicken breast or chicken cutlets cut into bite-size pieces
  • 3 tablespoon coconut oil divided
  • 6 teaspoons coconut flour divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt divided
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1 white onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 12 Ounces coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 cups cooked rice for serving


  • Warm 1 tbsp of coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • In a medium bowl toss chicken with flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add chicken to skillet and cook stirring occasionally until all sides are brown and are cooked thoroughly.
  • Add in onions and garlic and cook until onions are tender about 5 minutes.
  • In a skillet melt 2 tbsp of coconut oil. Then whisk in 3 tsp of coconut flour to make a Coconut Roux ("roo").
  • Add coconut milk and then whisk in cornstarch. Add to skillet with basil and remaining salt and stir until combined. Add your meat, onion, and garlic mixture Cook for another 3-4 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  • Serve over rice or coconut rice.
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  1. I fell in love with red curry chicken while living in Hawaii. This dish looks delicious and the health benefits are numerous. I may try it with fresh basil and add japanese eggplant slices like the Thai restaurants do in Hawaii.

  2. I’ve never cooking with coconut products but I’m intrigued! That chicken looks wonderful. I bet you could substitute tofu, too!


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