Slow Cooker Coconut Basil Chicken

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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.

The Recipe
Slow Cooker Coconut Basil Chicken

Slow Cooker Coconut Basil Chicken

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COOK TIME: 4 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 4 Hours, 10 Min
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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

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Add the coconut milk, basil, ginger, jalapeno, garlic, lime juice, turmeric, cumin, curry powder, salt, pepper, and cinnamon to a blender. Blend until combined.


Add the chicken to the slow cooker. Pour the sauce over top. Cook for 4 hours or until chicken is cooked through and tender.

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

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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January 15, 2019 - 14:36
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This dish is amazing. Can you cook in an instapot?
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January 11, 2019 - 11:22
This looks delicious! Any idea approximately how much of the sauce would constitute a serving? The recipe says 6oz per serving, but I'm assuming that includes chicken?
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January 10, 2019 - 10:26
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My family loved this, although I used only 1/2 of the cumin and turmeric and the juice of only one lime. Also, my family doesn't like spicy so i left out the jalapeno and didn't have curry powder. I have pick people, lol, but they devoured it!
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Karen Nolan
January 2, 2019 - 10:45
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Do you cook 4 hrs on high or low? I’m new to using a slow cooker. Thank you very much.
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January 2, 2019 - 11:26
I like to cook it on low to ensure chicken breasts don't dry out. Every slow cooker is a little different but I find my chicken is always tender and cooked through at 4 hours on low. Faster cooking slow cookers may even be done in 3 hours.
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September 16, 2018 - 08:14
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A keeper!!! This is the third time I’m making it! Doubling the sauce is a good loves being co-mingled with jasmine rice.
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June 12, 2018 - 05:23
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Wow, this sauce is amazing! Just used my immersion blender to get the sauce ready for the slow cooker. Definitely making this one again.
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May 31, 2018 - 11:25
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Thank you so much for posting this AMAZING recipe! I usually have to go gluten and dairy free directly after childbirth, and this has been a fantastic go-to meal!
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Jordan Bartkowiak
July 20, 2016 - 16:56
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One of My favorite recipes
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Deanna Bond
May 10, 2016 - 05:39
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very good I followed recipe except didnt have turmeric and it was fine as is! I loved it and kid ate it too
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Kriston Crisler
February 22, 2016 - 21:33
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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!
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Norma W
January 14, 2016 - 16:12
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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!
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Sallie Hanson
November 22, 2015 - 20:03
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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!
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September 11, 2016 - 16:43
Please specify high or low in recipe instructions. I saw 4 hours , so assumed on high, but the sauce broke down. While very tasty, it did not come out the way I expected in texture. Thank you for all your lovely recipes and meal plans!
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March 4, 2016 - 10:46
Thanks so much! It means a lot that you took the time to leave this comment :)
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November 3, 2015 - 12:36
It is 2 cups of fresh basil, loosely packed. I know it sounds like a lot but since it is the main ingredient in the sauce it provides most of the flavor. Kind of like how you would you use a similar amount if you were making a pesto or chimichurri. Hope that helps!
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October 19, 2015 - 11:42
I would just recommend checking it at 4 hours to make sure it is fully cooked. In my slow cooker, 4 hours is plenty of time for chicken breast to cook fully but it could depend on the size/thickness of the breast you are using. You could also cut them in half or in chunks if your slow cooker usually cooks a little slower.
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October 19, 2015 - 10:09
All slow cookers can be a bit different but I find it comes out best when I cook it on low.
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