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Simple Coconut Lime Chicken Marinade

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Add some tropical flair to your chicken with this easy coconut lime chicken marinade recipe. Made with just a few simple ingredients, this flavorful marinade will transform your ordinary chicken dish into a delicious meal. Whether you’re grilling or baking your chicken, this recipe is perfect for taking your taste buds on a trip to paradise

simple coconut lime marinade in a ziploc bag

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Coconut Lime Chicken Marinade

Coconut Lime Marinade Ingredients

  • Coconut Milk (canned, full fat)
  • Lime juice (fresh)
  • Garlic powder
  • Fresh ginger
  • Honey
  • Chili flakes (red pepper flakes)
  • Salt

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Full-fat coconut milk. You can use lite if that’s what you have on hand, but it has to be canned coconut milk.
  • Lime juice. This recipe was tested with fresh lime juice, but you could use lemon if that’s what you have on hand. I use this bottled fresh lime juice and it’s a great resource to have in your fridge.
  • Garlic powder. Go ahead and use fresh garlic. I’d add 4 cloves, but do what your heart tells you. Mince it fine so all the juices and oils come out.
  • Fresh ginger. You can use powdered ginger. Measure with your heart. I’d start at 1 teaspoon.
  • Honey. You can substitute with pure maple syrup (not pancake syrup) or brown sugar.
  • Chili flakes. If you don’t want any heat, you can leave them out.

Tools you’ll need

Everything you need to make this marinade, you should have in the kitchen. You can use either a bowl or a resealable bag to marinate your protein.

cubed chicken breast in a coconut lime marinade

What can I marinate with coconut milk and lime?

If you’re looking for other uses for this coconut lime marinade other than chicken breast, here are a few ideas:

  • Shrimp
  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Flank steak or skirt steak
  • Pork (either pork tenderloins or sliced pork loins work well)
  • Rice or quinoa (use this marinade as the liquid it cooks in)

Coconut Lime Chicken Freezer Meal

This recipe freezes well.

You can add the marinade and chicken breast or chicken thighs (either whole or cubed) to a resealable bag and lay them flat in the freezer.

This will keep in the freezer for 1-3 months and it’s a great way to prepare a few flavorful marinades after a big bulk shop at Costco (or if you hit up a big sale).

raw chicken breast in a thai coconut lime marinade

Coconut Lime Chicken Marinade FAQs

I used chicken breasts to marinate but you can use chicken thighs as well, or use this as a chicken wing recipe.

The longer the better. I would advise marinating the chicken in the fridge for at least 1 hour, but marinating this overnight for full flavor is recommended.

The coconut cream is the fat content of the coconut milk (the white at the top of the can). You can use coconut cream but add more lime juice or a bit of water to thin it out.

You can use maple syrup or add a little brown sugar.

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Coconut Lime Chicken Marinade

Take your chicken to the next level with this easy and delicious coconut lime marinade recipe! Made with full-fat coconut milk, lime juice, and a blend of spices, this marinade adds a tropical twist to your meal. Perfect for grilling or baking, your taste buds will thank you!
5 from 3 votes
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simple coconut lime marinade
Prep Time:5 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes



  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together all the ingredients. Tip: Grate some lime zest for more citrus flavor.
  • Either add the protein (chicken or shrimp) to the bowl or pour the marinade and add the meat to a resealable bag.
  • Let the meat marinate for at least an hour, but we recommend marinating it over night.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 118kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.5gSodium: 300mgPotassium: 130mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 41IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 2mg
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 118kcal

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