Slow Cooker Coconut Basil Chicken - Slender Kitchen

Slow Cooker Coconut Basil Chicken

By Kristen Mccaffrey
adapted from:
Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™
(6 PointsPlus®)

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Creamy coconut basil sauce spiked with lime and a touch of spice, I'm in love. Given my deep love of basil and coconut, I would (and do!) eat this sauce on almost anything - noodles, brown rice, quinoa, veggies, and especially this slow cooker chicken breast. The flavors in the sauce deepen as it cooks and chicken is the perfect vehicle to absorb and capture all that flavor. Plus there is only about 10 minutes of prep time and then the magic happens in the slow cooker.

Depending on your preferences, there are a few tweaks you can make to the sauce to make it exactly what your craving. If you love Thai curry, consider adding some green curry paste. If you like a sweeter sauce, add some brown sugar or honey. Love cilantro? Add some fresh cilantro to the mix along with the basil. Play with the amount of spice by adding jalapenos and up the ginger if that's your thing. You get the idea, just taste it as you blend until you have a sauce you love.

Lastly, if you want to add some veggies to the mix without any additional cooking, just add them to the slow cooker. For heartier veggies like squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, or carrots you can add them from the start. For quicker cooking veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, pea pods, zucchini, spinach, or bok choy, add them in the last 30 minutes of cooking so they stay crisp.

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Slow Cooker Coconut Basil Chicken

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  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 14 oz. lite canned coconut milk
  • 2 cups basil
  • 1 tbsp. ginger, chopped (or more to taste)
  • 1 U jalapenos, chopped (or more to taste)
  • 3 U garlic cloves
  • 2 U limes
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
6 oz.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226
Calories from Fat 52
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 74mg
Sodium 479mg
Total Carbohydrate 4g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Protein 33g


  1. Add the coconut milk, basil, ginger, jalapeno, garlic, lime juice, turmeric, cumin, curry powder, salt, pepper, and cinnamon to a blender. Blend until combined.
  2. Add the chicken to the slow cooker. Pour the sauce over top. Cook for 4 hours or until chicken is cooked through and tender.
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  • Jordan Bartkowiak's picture

    Average: 5 (1 vote)

    One of My favorite recipes
    out of 1 people found this review useful
  • Deanna Bond's picture

    Average: 5 (1 vote)

    very good I followed recipe except didnt have turmeric and it was fine as is! I loved it and kid ate it too
    out of 1 people found this review useful
  • William Benjamin's picture

    Average: 5 (1 vote)

    The basic recipe is outstanding, I made it for 12. However I would reduce the lime as others have suggested, increase the basil, garlic and I added cilantro & salsa verde to turn up the spice. I also cut the chicken breasts into chunks to expedite cooking and more kid friendly sizes. And yes it was not too spicy for the kids. It was absolutely delicious and next time I am going to add carrots, squash, something to give it a color contrast.
    out of 1 people found this review useful
  • Kriston Crisler's picture

    Average: 5 (1 vote)

    It looks like goop when it's cooking but it tastes delicious! Kristen has knocked it out of the park with every recipe I have tried so far! Thank you so much Kristen!
    out of 1 people found this review useful
  • Norma W's picture

    Average: 5 (1 vote)

    These recipe is DELICIOUS! If you are looking for something healthy and that hits the spot - look no further! I am pretty new to this website and have already had success with a few recipes - this one is no different. Kristen is spot on when she said the basil sauce is to DIE for - next time I make this recipe, I will double the "sauce" part so I can put it a generous amount on brown rice and veggies. The only tweaks I would personally do is add a bit more spice for my taste - other then that, this is a GREAT recipe. Thank you Kristen for such awesome and innovative recipes!
    out of 0 people found this review useful
  • Sallie Hanson's picture

    Average: 5 (1 vote)

    Two friends separately made this dish ... both guys, so the likelihood of them reviewing is minimal, so thought to let you know both said "Yummy". I'm going to give it a try. Suggestion, option to print would be good!
    out of 1 people found this review useful
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