Enjoy a taste of the tropics in your own backyard.
Eating low-carb does NOT mean you have to sacrifice on flavor. In this recipe, we’ll bring you a taste of the tropics with our low-carb coconut lime chicken skewers! They’re full of flavor and nutrients!
Lean Skewers Full of Flavor
We love chicken! Not only is it low in fat and tasty, but it lends itself to absorbing all sorts of great flavors. For our skewers, we are going to cut two boneless, skinless chicken breasts into 1-inch chunks.
Now, let’s bring on that flavor! We are going to create a tasty marinade using shallots, coconut milk, grated fresh ginger, fresh-squeezed lime juice and neutral-tasting avocado oil. If you haven’t tried avocado oil, you really should! Not only is it made from heart-healthy avocados (the pits, really!), but it is great for high-heat cooking such as stir frying and even deep frying.
A Tip On Ginger
Here’s a little tip about fresh ginger: we’ve all had the experience of buying a fresh “knob” only to have it go bad in the fridge before we can use it all up. Well, you’ll love this trick– store it in your freezer! Just pop it into an air-tight dish or plastic food storage bag. Whenever you need that bit of fresh grated ginger, take it out and grate it directly on a microplane or fine box grater. There’s no need to even peel it first, because the peel with grate down just like the “meat.” Now, isn’t that just amazing? No more liquified ginger in your vegetable crisper!
Make this Coconut Lime Chicken Your Own
If you’d like a little extra sweetness in your marinade, feel free to use the maple syrup we’ve listed. Yes, it’ll provide a few more carbs, but you get a lot of flavor for a little tablespoon of syrup, believe us!
You’ll add your chicken chunks to the marinade, toss well to coat, and then let it sit, refrigerated, for about two hours.
Now, if you’re going to use skewers for your presentation, you’ll put the chicken on after the marinating period is over. If you are using bamboo skewers over an open charcoal or gas flame, soak the skewers in water for at least half an hour before threading your chicken on, to prevent the skewers from burning through. As an alternative, you can avoid the skewering altogether and just toss them with the remaining marinade in a hot skillet, turning them after about five minutes on each side, until cooked through.
If you want to add some more nutrition and flavor, you can take thick slices of zucchini and alternate it between chicken chunks as you skewer the chicken chunks. Other veggies you might consider include red onion segments, bell pepper chunks, or even mushrooms. All are low-carb, full of nutrition, and color!
Need a Side Dish?
Before serving, sprinkle your chicken with a little chopped cilantro. Quick, easy, and flavorful. Who needs carbs? Speaking of which, if you like, you can serve this tasty chicken dish with some cauliflower rice! If you want something other than just plain cauliflower rice, you can take a peek at these: 5 Favorite Cauliflower Rice Recipes. Our Cilantro Lime Basmati Rice and Avocado Fries with Spicy Honey Lime Sauce go great with this chicken, too!
No matter how you create your skewers, we’re sure you’ll love them. We’d love to hear your experience, so drop us a note in the comments and let us know how you liked them!
Low-Carb Coconut Lime Chicken Skewers
- 1/2 shallot diced
- 1/2 cup coconut milk canned
- 1 inch piece of ginger grated
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup optional
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- juice of 1 lime
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 1 inch chunks
- fresh cilantro for serving
- In a large glass bowl, whisk the shallots, coconut milk, ginger, maple syrup, kosher salt, black pepper, lime juice and avocado oil.
- Place the chicken chunks in the bowl, and toss with tongs to make sure they are coated with marinade. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Heat an oiled stovetop griddle or outdoor grill to medium/high heat. Alternatively, use a large skillet or pan. Cook the chicken for about 5 minutes per side. Use tongs to flip the chicken.
- Top with fresh cilantro before serving
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Want more lean skewer recipes? If you enjoyed these low-carb coconut lime chicken skewers, you might also like to try:
- Grilled Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce
- Spicy Grilled Pork Kebabs
- Shrimp Skewers with Garlic-Lime Marinade
- Delicious Greek Chicken Kebabs
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