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Basil Chicken in Coconut Cream Sauce


When I was a caregiver, I would make this delicious chicken for the ladies I cared for. It always smelled delicious and they always ate every bite. Since the original recipe calls for cream and butter, I could never taste it. So, after having to smell the delicious meal without trying it for the third time, I finally decided I had to find a way to make it so that I could try it. It wasn’t hard altering this recipe. All I did was substitute coconut oil for the butter and coconut milk for the cream. I was worried that it would come out too “coconutty” but it was absolutely delicious. It smelled just as good, if not better, than the recipe I used to made for the ladies and it tasted as wonderful as I had imagined.

It’s also super easy to make which is always a huge plus in my book! The richness from the coconut milk is balanced by the acidic tomatoes, making this dish satisfying but not too heavy. Additionally, the basil adds a fresh pop of flavor which brings the entire dish together.

basilchickenincreamsauce11Cooking the chicken in this flavorful broth seals in the moisture, making the chicken nice and tender. When I made it for my family, I served it with roasted asparagus and a beet and grapefruit salad with a light vinaigrette. My family raved about it and commented on how “fancy” it was. It made me laugh because it is one of the easiest meals to make.

Basil Chicken in Coconut Cream Sauce
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Gluten-Free
Serves: 4
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil
  • 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup white wine or chicken broth
  • ½ cup coconut (canned, full-fat)
  • 3 tsp fresh basil, cut into thin strips
  1. Slice each chicken breast in half so that they are all thinner.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. Melt 2 Tbsp of the coconut olive oil in 12" skillet.
  4. Cook chicken for 8 minutes on medium-high heat, until thoroughly cooked; turning once.
  5. Remove, set aside.
  6. Melt remaining 1 Tbsp oil and cook tomatoes, salt and onions until tender (about 3 minutes).
  7. Stir in wine or broth and coconut milk. Reduce heat to low.
  8. Return chicken to skillet and simmer uncovered for 4 minutes or until the sauce has thickened and chicken is fully cooked.
  9. Garnish with basil.


As you can see, this recipe would be a hit at a dinner party or perfect for a special family meal. However, it is so easy to make, you could fix it on any busy weeknight and look like a super human for having time to prepare such a “fancy” meal!

As always,
We send you LOVE and PEACE without grease!

XO, The Glisten Girls