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Slow-Cooked Coconut Chicken

One of my favorite things about this recipe is how incredible it makes my home smell. Everyone who comes by asks, "What are you cooking?" And anyone who tastes it goes home with the recipe. —Ann Smart, North Logan, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 6 tablespoons sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  • Minced fresh cilantro


  • In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Place chicken in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Pour coconut milk mixture over top. Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours or until chicken is tender. Serve with coconut and cilantro.
Editor's Note
To toast coconut, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 201 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 267mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • kennedy22
    May 1, 2017

    This smelled wonderful cooking but really had little to no flavor, very bland. We were really disappointed:(

  • LPHJKitchen
    Dec 17, 2015

    As with some of the other reviews, the sauce did not look great. However, our family really loved the flavor. It was a slightly sweet and flavorful. We served the chicken and sauce over cauliflower rice and topped with cilantro. I would suggest maybe adding cornstarch or other thickener to make the sauce thicker and more appealing for serving.

  • sstetzel
    Aug 4, 2015

    After you remove the chicken from the slow cooker, smooth out the cooked sauce with an immersion blender for a more appealing finish. If you don't have an immersion blender a hearty whisking might do the trick.Sue StetzelOnline Community / Field Editor ManagerTaste of Home Magazine

  • rosied2
    Aug 2, 2015

    Such a waste of time making this recipe! The coconut milk separated and the flavours were very very bland. BARELY edible and a dish I will certainly not be making again. In fact I was so disappointed with it that it impelled me to write my first review on this site!

  • auntgeegee
    Mar 8, 2015

    Try cooking whole chicken upside down(. take out wishbone first!!!! then cut down center of back and CPR crunch breast bone) dark meat juices flow into white. Then flip last 20 if cooked in oven to brown top, in slow cooker doesn't matter unless the dark meat looks like it needs juices. Try adding freshly squeezed lemon juice. Meat with bones will always taste better and half rib chicken breast wouldn't hurt. Maybe add pinch more seasoning . Add onion chopped too.

  • spoiledbasher
    Jul 15, 2014

    I love slow cooker recipes, chicken, and coconut so I expected amazing results with this recipe but it was just meh. It looked gross, despite a wonderful aroma. It was edible, but I won't recommend it or make it again.

  • NHcooker
    Feb 10, 2014

    It was just OK. Smelled wonderful cooking, but the flavors were bland. Wouldn't bother to make it again unless I added several spices like ginger, curry and perhaps mango chutney.

  • MrsOwens
    Jan 28, 2014

    I made a few tweaks to the recipe and my family enjoyed it. First, I lightly salted then browned my chicken. I doubled the ingredients for the sauce, added 2T of minced fresh onion, 2tsp of fresh grated ginger. It was served over jasmine rice. I will be making it again as it is easy to make and went over well with the entire family. I would also caution and say try to use UNsweetened coconut flakes unless you want a slightly sweeter version.

  • sbpugh
    Jan 18, 2014

    Very easy and tasty, and yes, it does smell so good while cooking!

  • matteliz
    Dec 30, 2013

    This was OK, but nothing unusual (for me). I wish the flavors would be concentrated, but in the crockpot the chicken juice mixes with the coconut milk to dilute it. I suppose baking it would solve this problem, but then the chicken wouldn't be so tender...