Coconut. Basil. Lime. Those are quite possibly 3 of my favorite flavors to cook with. I use lime in so many recipes and I love basil in all things Italian. I substitute coconut oil in place of other oils quite often. Recently though I put together the three flavors as a marinade on chicken and oh my, it is amazing and a new family favorite recipe! This Coconut Basil Lime Chicken is juicy and flavorful and can be cooked on the grill or roasted in the oven. It’s great served with roasted potatoes and veggies. You’re going to love it!
Basil Coconut Lime Chicken Recipe
- Coconut Oil
- Basil to taste – Fresh Basil, dried basil, or basil paste
- Sea Salt to taste
- Lime Juice from one lime
- Garlic Salt – optional
- Chicken – I used bone in chicken breast but you can use your favorite cut
How To Make Basil Lime Chicken:
This basil lime chicken will turn out best if you’re able to let it marinate for quite some time. I recommend several hours or even overnight.
Begin by coating the chicken generously with the coconut oil.
Cover the chicken with the basil. I love fresh basil and it’s flavor is amazing but for this recipe the basil paste works great! Sprinkle the chicken with the sea salt and the garlic salt if you like.
Repeat the process on the second side of your chicken pieces.
Squeeze the juice from the lime over the chicken pieces. Cover and let chicken set in the basil lime marinade for several hours or overnight.
You can grill or roast your basil lime chicken.
The coconut oil will harden when it is cold but it will melt quickly in the oven or on the grill.
If you plan to roast the chicken, sprinkle salt on a baking sheet and place a baking rack in the sheet. Place the chicken pieces on the baking rack to keep them from cooking in the oils. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and cook in preheated oven about 45 to 60 minutes until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
I prefer to grill my chicken because the skin on chicken breast does create a lot of smoke.
Grill the chicken about 20 minutes on each side until it reaches an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees.
The Coconut Lime Chicken is so tender and the skin & meat both have amazing flavor.
Printable Recipe For Basil Lime Chicken
If you love chicken recipes, you will love trying this simple new way to make a tangy, herbaceous chicken dinner. I love to serve this with roasted potatoes that have been tossed in a blend of olive and coconut oil. Sprinkle them with a bit of sea salt and dried basil.