Feel like trying something new, exotic, and full of tropical flavor? Give this delectable coconut lime chicken recipe a try! With its sweet coconut and tangy lime combination, you will be the talk of the kitchen! This recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes, giving you more time with family—and less time in the kitchen. Enjoy!
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Choose Chicken</p></h4>
Lean, protein-rich, and full of amino acids, chicken is a wonderful dinner option. Two of the beneficial amino acids, found in chicken, are isoleucine and threonine. Isoleucine assists with wound healing—including recovery after exercise—growth, and the stabilization of blood sugar levels. Threonine helps maintain the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and immune system. Chicken provides all nine essential amino acids that humans need in their diet, because the body cannot synthesize them. This classifies chicken as a “complete protein”, making it an excellent choice of meat!
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Go Coco-Nuts</p></h4>
From shredded coconut to coconut oil, and coconut water to coconut milk, this tropical treat is nothing if not versatile. Coconut milk has a creamy texture, a naturally sweet taste, and is quite nutritious—containing a significant amount of both calcium and vitamin D. Calcium and vitamin D are one bone-strengthening power duo you do not want to miss out on. Together they foster and strengthen bone density and structure. The valuable phosphorus and manganese content, found in coconuts, further aids in bone metabolism. Coconut milk also contains lauric acid, a type of saturated fat found in several vegetable-based fats. Lauric acid is oftentimes extracted from coconut to develop monolaurin. Monolaurin is an antimicrobial agent used to treat viral infections including influenza. Ultimately boosting the immune system and further fighting against bacteria and yeasts.
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<h5>Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook TIme: 20 mins | Serves: 4</h5>
<h5><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Ingredients:</p></h5>
* 1 shallot
* 4 cloves garlic
* 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
* ½ cup fresh cilantro
* ⅓ cup lime juice (about 2 limes)
* 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
* 2 tablespoons coconut oil
* ¼ cup chicken broth
* 1 ½ cups full fat coconut milk
* Salt and pepper
* Lime slices for topping
<h5><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Instructions:</p></h5>
1. Chop shallot and cilantro, mince garlic and grate ginger. Juice limes and set aside.
2. Place the chicken breasts between two pieces of parchment paper. Pound them down until they are even in thickness. Sprinkle each side of the chicken with salt and pepper.
3. Heat a large skillet on medium high heat and add coconut oil.
4. Once hot, add the chicken to the pan (you may have to cook the chicken in 2 batches depending on the size of your pan). Cook, without disturbing for 3-4 minutes, until a nice brown crust has formed. Flip and cook another 3-4 minutes on the other side, until the chicken is almost cooked through.
5. Remove chicken from the skillet and set aside. Lower the heat to medium.
6. Add more oil if needed and add the garlic and shallot to the pan. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes.
7. Add chicken stock, coconut milk, lime juice, ginger, and cilantro to the pan. Stir to mix, scraping up any browned bits remaining in the pan from when you cooked your chicken.
8. Add the chicken breasts back to the skillet with the sauce. Cover and turn heat down to low. Simmer for 5 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked.
9. Serve with your favorite keto friendly side dish. You can even spoon some coconut lime sauce over your side dish for serving.
10. Sprinkle with cilantro and garnish with lime slices.