Get Our FREE Cookbook!

From cookies to bars, breads to muffins you're sure to find something special to bake in this FREE cookbook -- Healthy Everyday Baking. DOWNLOAD your copy today!

  • Blog
  • »
  • Baked Coconut Chicken

Baked Coconut Chicken

Posted by LoveandZest
July 25, 2014
Featured in: Athlete Eats
Jump to recipe
This recipe fo Baked Coconut Chicken is packed with flavor and a great twist on the traditional baked chicken dinner.

by Kristina LaRue, RD, CSSD

I’ve been on a make ahead meals kick. Now, I’m not talking about grilling a pound of chicken or salmon and then reheating it for the rest of the week, but full on meal prep in which you prepare the meals in advance and then cook it when you’re ready to eat. I don’t mind eating “leftovers” if it’s soup or something that thats good reheated, I’m even a leftovers girl for lunch, but I don’t want to eat leftovers for dinner after a busy day. Ya, feel me? Maybe I’m just a foodie diva?

A little meal prep on the weekend, whether it be chopping veggies, mixing ingredients together, and assembling dishes can make life easier when you’re trying to fuel yourself well during the week. You’ll be so shocked that you can actually eat dinners at home all week and not spend a lot of time in the kitchen making it happen. When I get home after a long day, all I want to do is eat dinner and enjoy the night with my husband. Yeah, cooking isn’t a part of that equation, so that’s why eating out is so tempting. Early workouts don’t allow for much time at night for cooking, so I’ve had to struggle to learn how to balance eating well and my fitness routine.

This Baked Coconut Chicken is anything but bland, the fresh garlic and coconut flavors provide a unique and satisfying twist to baked chicken. I prep this meal in advance in my baking dish, and snap a lid on it so it can be baked when I’m ready to eat it. Serve it with a side of rice or couscous and sauteed veggies (you can prep these in advance too!). 

This recipe fo Baked Coconut Chicken is packed with flavor and a great twist on the traditional baked chicken dinner.

Tired of the same old chicken recipes? Try this Baked Coconut Chicken to change things up!
This recipe fo Baked Coconut Chicken is packed with flavor and a great twist on the traditional baked chicken dinner.

Baked Coconut Chicken


serves 4


  • 2- 8 ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • pinch of salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Coat 9X13 inch baking dish with 1 teaspoon coconut oil.
  3. Divide each 8 ounce breast to half with sharp knife to reduce thickness and ensure even cooking.
  4. Place the four chicken beasts in prepared baking dish and top each with remaining ingredients to season.
  5. Bake in oven for 18-20 minutes or until cooked through.

Print this recipe


Kristina LaRue is the author of the ATHLETE EATS on HealthyAperture -- a feature that hopes to inspire creativity in the kitchen to fuel active lifestyles! As a board certified sports dietitian, Kristina cooks up healthy menus for collegiate and professional athletes in her day job. In authoring Athlete Eats, she shares simple, energizing recipes designed for the athlete and hopes readers will learn sports nutrition tips along the way so that they can be their best self and fuel for performance. Kristina is a Registered & Licensed Sports dietitian for the Orlando Magic and University of Central Florida Athletics. She provides nutrition services for Tara Gidus Nutrition Consulting and works in the treatment of eating disorders with Joyful Nutrition. She is a co-author of The Flat Belly Cookbook for Dummies and the blogger behind Love & Zest where she shares recipes, life, and nutrition. She graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and completed her dietetic internship at Oakwood University in 2011. She loves running and training for marathons and triathlons, gardening, creating (mostly healthy) recipes, decorating, blogging, photography, and volunteering with the women’s recovery ministry at her church. On the weekends you can find her at the Farmer’s Market or a local coffee shop spending quality time with her husband, Eric.
More posts by LoveandZest
comments powered by Disqus

Never miss a new post. Sign up to subscribe.