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20 Minute Coconut Lime Chicken Curry

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This 20-minute Coconut Lime Chicken Curry is incredibly quick and easy, yet flavorful and healthy.
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani, Thai
Diet Gluten Free, Halal
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 3 servings
Calories 135


To Marinate (Optional)

  • 1 tsp baking soda

For the Curry

  • 2 tbsp regular or refined coconut oil
  • 1 green chili pepper slit in half and deseeded
  • 2-3 cloves garlic crushed
  • ½ inch piece ginger crushed
  • 1 chicken breast or tenders cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • scant 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper powder
  • generous pinch red chili powder or cayenne
  • 1 13.5-14 oz. can unsweetened coconut milk
  • salt to taste (be on the generous side)
  • 1 medium lime, zested and juiced or more to taste
  • 2 tbsp cilantro chopped


  • (Optional Step) Place the chicken in a strainer or colander and sprinkle it with baking soda. Mix well and let this mixture marinate for about 20 minutes. Rinse the chicken thoroughly, ensuring it's completely free of any baking soda. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the slit green chili pepper and sauté for about a minute. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté until the raw smell disappears, or about 20-30 seconds. 
  • Raise the heat to medium-high and add the chicken, spices and salt and cook, stirring frequently, until it is half cooked or begins to brown, about 5 minutes. 
  • Add the coconut milk and let it come to a simmer. Cover and let this cook for about 5 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Turn off the heat and add the lime zest and juice. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve over white or brown rice. Enjoy!


Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 515mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 18IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg