Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken

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Slow Cooker coconut chicken with coconut garnish, sitting on rice and a white plate.

I just got home from an amazing blogger retreat. It was such a fun and relaxing trip and I can’t wait to tell you more about it later! The day before I left, I needed an easy recipe to throw into the crockpot and I couldn’t wait to try this coconut chicken. I found it in the Taste of Homes magazine and it some of it reminded me of my Hawaiian chicken I made in the summer. It was one of my favorite recipes last summer so I couldn’t wait to give it a try and see how the flavor was.

Coconut chicken bite on a fork.Don’t be afraid of the coconut flavor in it. It isn’t too sweet and the rest of the ingredients gave it the perfect balance. And honestly, I couldn’t get enough of it! There is just something amazing and wondrous about chicken that is cooked in the crockpot. It peeled apart it was so tender. And the flavor of the sauce was a little bit of sweet but still had a flavor that the entire family will love. It is just so easy to throw together and I promise you that the flavor is fantastic! Even approved by the picky one that hates coconut. 🙂

Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken

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Slow cooker chicken with amazing flavor that the entire family will love!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 4 chicken breasts boneless skinless
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 6 Tablespoon flaked coconut
  • minced fresh cilantro for garnish


  • In a large bowl, combine coconut milk, brown sugar, soy sauce, minced garlic, and ground cloves.
  • Spray a slow cooker lightly with cooking spray and place the chicken in the bottom. Pour the sauce on top and cover.
  • Cook for 4-5 hours or until chicken in cooked through. Serve chicken with shredded coconut and ciliantro.


Serves: 4

Calories359kcal (18%)Carbohydrates10g (3%)Protein50g (100%)Fat12g (18%)Saturated Fat7g (35%)Cholesterol145mg (48%)Sodium791mg (33%)Potassium896mg (26%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar7g (8%)Vitamin A68IU (1%)Vitamin C3mg (4%)Calcium19mg (2%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken recipes, lime coconut chicken with coconut rice, slow cooker recipes
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. I’m wanting to make this and I have coconut cream, coconut water with pulp and cream of coconut on hand. Which would be best for this recipe?

    1. Is this for the substitute of the coconut milk? Coconut milk is thick and would need to be substituted yogurt, whether soy, almond or cow milk, is a commonly used substitute for coconut milk. It has creamy flavor with a thick consistency. Hope that helps! XOXO

  2. Can I ask why the large bowl is necessary for so little mixture? I was able to easily do this in my measuring cup.

  3. yahoo! i’m trying this right now, with just salt , black pepper and coconut cream added to breast chicken, I’ll garnish later with chopped celery leaves, (my boss does not eat garlic , cilantro and soy sauce, no sugar also! hahaha)

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