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Coconut Yoghurt Chicken (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Coconut Yoghurt Chicken (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

  • Author: Irena Macri | Eat Drink Paleo
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This dairy-free coconut yoghurt chicken is made with a handful of ingredients and can be served with your favourite veggies sides or a salad. See notes below for coconut yoghurt alternatives.


  • 150 g / 5 oz. coconut yoghurt, unsweetened (dairy-free)
  • 3 heaped teaspoons mild curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 500 g / 1 lb chicken tenderloins (about 6 pieces, you can also use sliced chicken breast or chicken thighs)
  • Cooking oil such as macadamia or coconut oil
To finish:
  • 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut, toasted or raw (optional)
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • A small handful of fresh coriander and chopped spring onions/scallions (optional)


  • Combine coconut yoghurt, curry powder and salt in a bowl. Add the chicken pieces and coat well with the marinade. Transfer the chicken and any leftover sauce to an airtight container and allow to marinate overnight or for at least 2 hours.

Coconut yoghurt marinated chicken

  • To cook the chicken, heat 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or macadamia oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the chicken pieces (don’t worry about brushing off the marinade) and cook for 5 minutes until golden brown on one side.
  • Use a spatula and slide it under the chicken, making sure to scrape the cooked marinade with it and turn over the pieces. Cook for another 3-4 minutes on the other side. If the pan is small, you might need to do the chicken in batches.
  • After 8-10 minutes of cooking, add the remaining marinade in the gaps between the chicken pieces and cook over high heat for about 30 seconds to a minute. The sauce will start to bubble and thicken, caramelising on the bottom. At this stage, remove from heat.

Cooking coconut yoghurt chicken

  • Finish the chicken by drizzling the juice of half lime over the top and sprinkling with toasted coconut and some fresh coriander and spring onions.


  • If you can’t get coconut yoghurt, use thickened coconut milk (coconut cream from the top of the can) and add two tablespoons of lemon or lime juice. There will be enough marinade for extra pieces of chicken.
  • To toast the coconut, add the raw meat to a small hot pan. Cook over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Be careful not to burn it! It should be ready when it’s light brown, caramel colour.


  • Serving Size: 5 oz / 150 g chicken
  • Calories: 1218
  • Sugar: 2.8 g
  • Sodium: 2577.2 mg
  • Fat: 77 g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.4 g
  • Protein: 117.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 365 mg
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