Coconut Lime Chicken


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Coconut Lime Grilled Chicken | Chicken Recipe | Main Course Ideas | Coconut Chicken | Grilled Chicken Recipe | Low Calorie | Freezer Meals | 10 Meals in an Hour

Nothing says summer like dinner on the grill!  This easy-peasy coconut lime chicken is another favorite “cheater” freezer recipe–it is almost like taking a trip to the Caribbean without a passport!  Not only is it almost ridiculously easy and practically mess-free, it also involves the grill, which makes my husband extra happy.


Freezer meals are fast, easy, and a great way to get a hot, delicious meal on the table on weeknights when cooking isn’t number one on your massive to-do list. Get started and see just how easy freezer cooking can be!

To make it as part of a freezer cooking day, just split the marinade & chicken into multiple bags, then throw it right into the freezer–no cooking required!  Making it ahead of time is not necessary, though, as it is equally delicious just marinated at room temperature

You can use any type of chicken but my family much prefers the boneless, skinless chicken thighs, which are a darker, juicier meat and also tend to be cheaper than the boneless skinless breasts.

Coconut Lime Grilled Chicken | Ingredients you need include chicken thighs, lime, olive oil, onion, and plenty of seasonings.

Here is what you need:

3-4 limes
1/4 cup olive oil
1 can coconut milk
3-4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup onion, diced
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
3.5-4 pounds boneless chicken

Juice limes for 1/3rd cup of lime juice.

Step 1:  Squeeze limes to release 1/3 cup of fresh lime juice.

Mince garlic with a garlic press.

Step 2: Mince or crush garlic in garlic press.

Whisk your wet ingredients and seasoning together in a bowl or measuring cup.

Step 3: Whisk lime juice, olive oil, coconut milk, minced garlic, diced onion, ground ginger, parsley, seasoned salt, & pepper together in bowl, then divide into 2 1-gallon freezer bags.  (If freezing, be sure to label bags ahead of time.)

Marinate the chicken in a bag for at least 30 minutes, or freeze until use.

Step 4: Marinate chicken in bag for at least 30 minutes or longer, or press out air from bag and freeze.

Grill chicken for 6-8 minutes per side.

Step 5: Thaw if frozen.  Grill 6-8 minutes per side, basting with additional marinade, if desired.

Coconut Lime Grilled Chicken is a delicious summer meal that can be made ahead of time and frozen for a delicious dinner any night.

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What’s your favorite grilled chicken recipe?


  1. June 4 at 08:57AM

    Ruth, this chicken looks like a perfect summer meal! Anything with lime is a winner in my book! I love your blog – you have so many great tips and so much inspiration!

    • Ruth Soukup
      June 5 at 07:53AM

      Thanks so much Kristine! 🙂

      • Anonymous
        June 23 at 09:16AM

        Ruth, what size can of coconut milk does this recipe require? thanks

        • Ruth Soukup
          June 23 at 09:36PM

          I used a 13.5 oz can of coconut milk. 🙂

  2. Mmmm…..this looks amazing!!!

  3. Anonymous
    June 4 at 10:47AM

    One of my fav ways to eat chicken! So perfect.
    Pinning. Have a great day Ruth!

  4. June 4 at 05:09PM

    This looks delicious! What sort of sides would you recommend putting this with?

  5. Anna
    June 5 at 07:28AM

    This looks very good – and it’s compatible with our family food allergies! One thought I had: I think bone-in thighs or breasts would work, too, and possibly even hold together better on the grill, plus the presence of the bones adds even more flavor and preserves some moistness. I often find bone-in thighs as cheap as 79 cents per pound.

    • Ruth Soukup
      June 5 at 07:52AM

      Yes, we use thighs but my husband prefers the bone-in version because it is easier to grill!

      • Anna
        July 9 at 04:55PM

        I’ve actually made this now, and it was very good. I used bone-in thighs and fresh grated ginger instead of ground. Also, right as I was about to grill them a dramatic thunderstorm blew in, so I had to revise the plan and broil them, which also worked. I look forward to actually grilling the half batch I put in the freezer. (I know it’s late to comment, but when I’m looking for recipes, I always like seeing comments by people who have actually tried the recipe.)

        • Rose
          June 30 at 12:56PM

          I always read the comments before making a new recipe too! The best ones are from people who made it (Not the “I can’t wait to try this!” ones LOL)
          Making this tonight – thanks for posting how it went for you! Might be storming here this evening so I might be broiling also!

  6. June 5 at 09:07AM

    This looks delicious!! I am always looking for new ways to marinate grilled chicken and this is the perfect recipe for summer cook outs! Can’t wait to give it a try. Just pinned!

  7. June 5 at 09:10AM

    I recently made a coconut lime chicken with a whole chicken it turned out so good. I’m sure my family will love your recipe too. Our favorite grilling recipe is probably sweet Asian chicken. It’s a little different from teriyaki chicken but it is so good. I make freezer packages with the chicken and the sauce for the freezer, so it’s a quick meal too.

  8. June 5 at 09:21AM

    This looks divine!! I love citrus on my chicken. It makes it so tender! Thanks for sharing. Pinning.

  9. June 5 at 09:25AM

    Thank you so much for the award. I have put a post do check when u get a chance.
    Glad to know more about you.

  10. June 5 at 12:49PM

    You just helped me make up my mind what we are having for Sunday dinner this week. Get them marinated late Sat. night and throw them on the grill after church. Yum!

  11. June 6 at 08:34PM

    Thanks for this yummy recipe! Our 105 degree weather calls for easy grilling and I think this is perfect!
    And Congratulations on your book update. I’ve so enjoyed the original one, and I know the update will be great too. Hope to see you again at the Platform Conference in November!

  12. Joanne Cannella
    June 8 at 12:26AM

    I made this last night and it was so delicious. I’m so glad I have another package in the freezer to grill another time. My whole family loved it. The only thing I changed was I used fresh ginger because I had it and chicken breasts because I didn’t have any thighs. Thanks for a great recipe. I put it in my permanent recipe file.

  13. Mariam
    July 10 at 10:25AM

    I made this yesterday and it was delicious! So full of flavor and very very juicy! I used boneless thighs. HEAVEN!

  14. Yoseline
    July 7 at 02:08PM

    This recipe sounds great! Quick question, I noticed that there’s an onion shown in the picture of all the ingredients but it is not in the recipe. Does it make a difference with/without it? Thanks!

    • Ruth Soukup
      July 7 at 10:11PM

      Thanks for bringing that to our attention. You can leave it out if you would like. If you are going to add the onion. Add just 1/4 cup of diced onion to mixture.

      • August 17 at 02:39PM

        My adult son is something of a foodie and he says this is a great dish. He also wants me to buy him a crockpot as a house warming gift so he can make Easy Garlic Chicken, Honey Sriracha Chicken, 5 Ingredient Potroast, all of which have been delicious. How easy can you get! My husband also says that since I have been doing the freezer cooking (all with your recipes, I might add) it has made life around our house so much easier. Wish I had known about this when my children were small, but you are the same age as my children and the internet hadn’t been invented yet!!! Ladies, try these recipes. You will have more time to spend with your little ones. Thanks so much.

        • Ruth Soukup
          August 17 at 09:13PM

          Thank you so much for all your kind comments!! I’m so glad your family has been enjoying the freezer meals. Be sure to also try the Salsa Chicken. 🙂

  15. Suzanne
    September 25 at 02:20PM

    I added a tablespoon of Thai red curry paste to my marinade…froze them in two 4 packs of bone in thighs…loved the hit of spice!

  16. Anonymous
    March 8 at 06:11PM

    This was very easy and fast to prepare!!! Totally moist chicken breast and full of flavor. Will NOT be disappointed! MUST TRY! Thanks so much for this wonderful chicken recipe! Delicious with coconut lime rice.

  17. Natasha
    May 28 at 12:06AM

    I just put it together for my husbands birthday and Memorial Day tomorrow! We’re looking forward to trying this! Gonna let it marinade overnight in the fridge! I wish i could eat it now! Can’t wait! 🙂 Yummmmmy!

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