Garlic Chicken, Red Peppers and Mushroom Sauce

Recipe makes 4 servings.
Approximate Cook Time: 35 minutes
Passive Time: 1 hour (marinades, etc.)
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Rating: 4.37
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1 pound(s) chicken breast(s), boneless, skinless, diced
2 tablespoon(s) olive oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon(s) sea salt, (optional)
1/4 teaspoon(s) black pepper, freshly ground
1/2 teaspoon(s) chili powder
1 medium garlic clove(s), minced
1 medium onion(s), yellow, diced
10 medium mushrooms, white button or cremini, sliced
2 medium bell pepper(s), red, sliced
1/3 cup(s) coconut milk, full fat


  1. Marinate chicken in half of olive oil, sea salt (optional), black pepper, chili powder and garlic. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Shortly before meal time, heat 2 medium skillets over medium-high heat.
  3. In one, saute marinated chicken until browned and almost fully cooked.
  4. Heat rest of olive (or coconut) oil in the other skillet. Add onion and saute for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms and continue to cook until tender.
  5. Add red pepper, coconut milk and browned chicken and stir. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the chicken is completely done.
Photo courtesy: Johnette Palumbo

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  1. JCrow

    Best thing I cooked yet! I used cream, next time I will use coconut milk.

  2. kic1970

    How much chili?

  3. JCrow

    I just used a few sprinkles of red chilli flakes. Next time when I use the coconut milk I’m going to use more to balance the sweetness.

  4. Felix Olschewski

    I’m glad you like the recipe. I had a lot of fun developing it.
    @kic1970: Use just as much Chili as you like!

  5. Tammy

    We added a handful of sun-dried tomatoes to the sauce. It was great!

  6. Julie

    What does the 0.5p+0.5C mean against the coconut milk mean

  7. Stefania

    Great meal!

    I really enjoyed it…

  8. Heather

    Yummy! I was out of coconut milk and subbed almond milk instead. Still very good!

  9. wingman

    Is there a substitute for mushrooms if I really dislikes them? Cooking the chicken in marinated chili / garlic sounds awesome, but is there a different sauce that could be used?

  10. JimmyF

    is it red peppers like red bell pepper? or chili peppers?

  11. Holly

    We LOVED this recipe! Plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day! Even excellent cold!

  12. Jacina

    Very good!! Just had it for dinner

  13. beagle99

    I’m with you Julie. What does the 0.5p+0.5C mean regarding the coconut milk mean

  14. kabaucom

    This was sooo tastey!! I added curry with the coconut milk and veggies and it was delicious. Next time, I will probably allow the sauce to thicken in consistency.

  15. mcole760

    This was a great recipe. I added the juice of 1 lime to the pan after everything had been incorporated and it really kicked it up a notch. I think cilantro would be a nice addition as well.

  16. tjw6150

    I think the 0.5p+0.5C means 1/2 protein, 1/2 carb for those of us who count the nutrients.

  17. beerninja

    is it supposed to be soupie? or is the sauce supposed to be thick?

  18. rtaco2

    Should I be using unsweetened coconut milk? Why would I choose one over another? Thanks.

    • Neely

      @rtaco2 – I’ve actually never seen sweetened coconut milk in a can. Maybe they sell it at Asian markets? If you’re using the coconut milk in a carton, which is just water, some coconut milk, sugar and other additives, this recipe calls for coconut milk in a can, which is just coconut flesh ground up with water and thickened with guar gum. It’s much thicker than the stuff in the carton, which is more like coconut beverage. Hope that helps.

  19. Kathy

    Is this a receipe you can make in advance and freeze?

    • Neely

      @Kathy – Yes, definitely!

  20. Andrea

    Do u think this recipe will work well if I used steak ?

  21. peather

    I am also looking for a substitute for the mushrooms; any suggestions?

  22. Stefanie

    My husband and I loved this! It was our first Paleo dish! We had 2 lbs of chicken so we doubled the recipe. Everything went so well together and we didn’t crave any sides with it. The only change we will make next time will be to add more chili powder. Wish I could add a picture we took of the dish!

    • Neely Quinn

      Stefanie – Glad you liked it! We love pics. If you have a great one, please send it to me at If I use it I’ll be sure to give you proper credit :)

  23. lisa

    When cooking these recipes i see that you use a lot of ccconut milk. Do you use the can of the gallon. I know theres a difference between the two , just wanting to make sure to grab the right one.

    • Neely Quinn

      lisa – It should always specify “canned” coconut milk, and that’s always what we mean :)

  24. tla

    Did this without the peppers, and it was simple but very nice. I was conservative with the chili powder but it turns out I didn’t really need to be! The coconut milk tempers it nicely.

  25. Julzjay13

    Another great recipe. Family loved it :) this whole web site makes our paleo journey much easier.. Thanks!

  26. mroute

    Fantastic meal. I quadrupled for the whole family and everyone loved it…kids and adults alike.

  27. Dthorpe

    nutritional info please…

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  29. Amber Ocheltree

    I was wondering if there would be some type of substitute to use in place of the coconut milk. My family are not big fans of coconut. Thanks so much!

    • Neely

      Amber Ocheltree – Not really in this one. Maybe almond milk. I really encourage you to try it with the coconut milk, though. It’s surprising how un-coconutty it can taste in recipes like this. Good luck!

  30. John

    Please add nutritional info.

    • Neely

      John – We added it – thanks!

  31. Tam

    What are the nutrient values? Thanks!

  32. John Patrick C

    Very, very tasty. When you cook it with the Kale your kitchen turns into a three ring circus. Lots of things cooking simultaneously and lots of prep. It was a bit of a workout. I would certainly suggest that the chicken gets cooked first and set aside while you focus on the Kale and prepping the other items.

  33. Rebecca

    Loved this! Doubled chilli powder & coconut milk – perfect! Next time I may try adding fish sauce – has anyone tried that before?

  34. jalil

    Confused here! Are the mushrooms and onions to be served as a side or added to the chicken, red peppers and coconut milk? It doesn’t say what to do

  35. jalil

    I added the sauteed mushrooms and onions in the last 5 min of cooking. It turned out spectacular and delicious! Thank you

  36. cassandra

    Hi there, I’m entering the ingredients on calorie count to get approximate nutrition info. it’s asking for how many servings…what should I put?

    • Neely

      cassandra – 4 servings

  37. Karen M

    Another great dish. I added the red pepper earlier as we like it a bit softer, but apart from that one change, followed everything else. Will make this again for sure.

  38. Belinda

    I do not like mushrooms or any color of bellpepper, what could be a replacement?

    • Molly

      Belinda – You could easily replace the bell pepper with 2 medium zucchini or summer squash (diced), and use a handful of cauliflower florets or a small eggplant (diced) in place of the mushrooms. Let us know how it turns out.

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