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One Pot Chicken in Lime Coconut Sauce

One Pot Chicken in Lime Coconut Sauce is an easy weeknight meal made from browned drumsticks, blended vegetables with coconut milk, lime juice, and cream cheese.
Course:Main Course
Keywords:chicken in coconut sauce, one pot chicken, one pot meals
Prep Time 27 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 5
Calories703 kcal
Cost $ 4.00 per person


  • pan
  • blender


  • 10 chicken drumsticks skin on, thawed, and pat dry, 4 pounds
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil divided
  • 4 gloves garlic chopped
  • ½ large white or yellow onion peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper de-seeded and sliced
  • 14.5 oz canned diced tomatoes or 1 1/3 cups
  • 2 leaves large basil plus more to garnish
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro or parsley plus more to garnish
  • 13.5 oz canned coconut milk about 1 2/3 cups
  • cup chicken broth
  • Juice of 1 large lime
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 red jalapeno pepper thinly sliced (optional)


  • In a large bowl, season the chicken drumsticks with salt and pepper uniformly.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Cook the drumsticks for about about 4-5 minutes, turning to brown on both sides. Don't overcrowd the pan! Divide the drumsticks in 2 batches. Remove from the skillet with tongs and place on a large plate. Reserve.
  • Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the skillet, reduce the heat to medium, and sweat the onion and bell pepper for approximately 3 minutes. Add the chopped garlic cloves and cook for about 1 minute. Add the canned diced tomatoes, basil, and cilantro/parsley.
  • Let cook for about 2 minutes. Transfer the cooked vegetables to a blender, add the coconut milk, the broth, lime juice, ground ginger, and softened cream cheese. Blend everything together until obtaining a homogeneous, creamy mixture.
  • Transfer the blended mixture to the skillet and let cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until cream cheese has melted and completely incorporated into the sauce.
  • Add the reserved browned chicken drumsticks to the skillet, cover the pan halfway, and let simmer over medium to medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 15-20 minutes or until chicken is cooked.
  • Garnish with basil leaves, chopped cilantro/parsley, and sliced red jalapeno if desired. Serve over white rice or noodles with lime wedges on the side. Enjoy! YIELD: 10 drumsticks (2 per person).

Recipe Notes

STORAGE: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.  Although, you can freeze it for up to 2 months, be aware that the cream cheese may separate once heated. Make sure to whisk it well.   


Calories: 703kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 38g | Cholesterol: 189mg | Sodium: 1887mg | Potassium: 862mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1568IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 3mg
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