Cranberry Zucchini Chicken in Coconut Milk

There is something about the delicate blend of zucchini and cranberries with the exotic flavor of the coconut oil that make this dish particularly delectable and a little festive.

I prefer to use unsweetened cranberries as the zucchini is mild and sweet and I’m not overly fond of super sweet dishes but they are not always easy to find.

This dish is easy to make and ready in no time.

Bon apétit!

Cranberry and Zucchini Chicken
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4.79 from 28 votes

Cranberry Zucchini Chicken in Coconut

Cranberries and zucchini are the perfect pair in this simple, festive dish. Ready in no time it's sure to delight everyone at your table. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 356kcal
Author Valerie Remy-Milora


  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 8 chicken tenderloins
  • 4 medium zucchnis
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 to 2 shallots, minced
  • 1/2 cup organic dried cranberries unsweetened is best
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk with the fat substitute with heavy cream if desired


  • In a large skillet melt coconut oil.  On high heat quickly brown chicken tenderloins on both sides.
    Cut zucchini into quarters length wise, then cube.  Reduce heat and add zucchini and minced shallots to chicken tenderloins.  Add chicken broth.  Cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through and zucchini is tender - about 25 minutes.
    Add cranberries and cream and heat through.  For a lighter, dairy free option replace heavy cream with almond milk.
    Serve warm alone or with quinoa or wild rice, and a green salad.


Nutrition per serving: Carbs 23g  -  Fat 9g  -  Protein 46g





  1. Lynn Kolakowski says:

    This cranberry zucchini and coconut milk chicken looks delish!!!! This will be a must try!!!

  2. Terry Poage says:

    This looks really good. I was just looking for a new chicken recipe.

  3. Dotty J Boucher says:

    What a yummy recipe you have here, I am sure I will try this , I love that you added zuccini and cranberries to this recipe. I do see a yummly button to share .

  4. Judy Thomas says:

    I can’t wait to try this! I lave chicken with coconut and the cranberries will add more deliciousness

  5. I have never cooked with coconut milk but this looks really good. I bet I could pass it off on hubby too, whenever I say coconut, he cringes…lol. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

    • Oh no Kathleen! Funny my hubby isn’t a huge fan of coconut except when it is fresh but he LOVES this dish. Hopefully your hubby will too. Worse case, if her won’t touch it with coconut swap that for regular cream… I don’t know anyone who can resist that 😉

  6. Rebecca Kerchner-Love says:

    It’s nice to have the option to print a recipe out, a lot of pages don’t give that option. I I’ll have to give this to my mom to try.. she’s a better Cook than I am.

  7. I love cooking with coconut milk. Add cranberries and its a done deal. This looks amazingly delicious. Thank you for sharing this!

  8. That actually looks really good. I would love to give it a try. It would be something different.

  9. This sounds delicious! Love cranberries.

  10. denise low says:

    Thank you for sharing. I have never tried this recipe but it looks delicious.

  11. Amanda zentner says:

    Sounds delicious!

  12. With my teen home from college and her best friend spending time here, I need no recipes to make. This looks easy and very tasty.

  13. Indrani Biswas says:

    Love the combination of cranberries and coconut with chicken ! awesome

  14. Tamra Gibson says:

    Oh why oh why won’t my husband try things like this. I think I would get addicted to this and be making it all the time. Perhaps, I will try it if he goes to visit relatives through the holidays. Hope mine turns out as good as the picture

    • Aww Tamra I feel your pain… My husband, thank God, eats just about everything… My kids… not always. This has been an overwhelming winner and I do believe yours will turn out absolutely delicious! I hope you get to make it soon 🙂 Bon Apétit!

  15. thank you for sharing

  16. I’ll have to try it out. Thanks.

  17. Always looking for a different way to fix chicken.Thanks.

  18. Betsy Barnes says:

    Such a beautiful and festive dish! I love the way it looks!

  19. This combination looks and sounds so great. I love recipes that have different components like sweet and savory!

  20. Estella Csonka says:

    Chicken, cranberries & coconut… toss in zucchini to balance it all & what’s not to love about this recipe!?!? Thanks so much as plan on making it & sharing recipes with others as well!

  21. Tamra Phelps says:

    This does look great…but I’m trying to think of something to use besides zucchini, lol. I’m just not a fan of zucchini. Actually, my Mom loves zucchini, though, so I could just eat around it, lol.

    • Oh how can you not like zucchini Tamra?? I love it but if you’re not a fan you could replace with another vegetable. Black kale would probably be a good substitute if you like kale. It’s got good texture and a great flavor profile that I think would pair up nicely with the cranberries and the coconut. I think I’ll give it a try and perhaps add it as a suggestion for changing up this recipe. Thanks for asking 🙂

  22. Brigid OHara Koshko says:

    This sounds delicious and easy to prepare. I am trying to start 2017 off by eating better and this looks yummy and healthy.

  23. Angela Saver says:

    I can’t wait to make this for my family! This looks like a keeper!

  24. belinda bell says:

    This recipe sounds yummy. I love cooking with cranberries and adding zucchini with chicken sounds so good,

  25. Amber Ludwig says:

    Wow!! What a refreshing, delicious and fun mix of flavors!! Its sounds like such a great dish!! I am pinning so I can make it!! Yum!

  26. Sherry Fram says:

    Sounds delicious! Will have to try this recipe!

  27. I’ve never used coconut in my meals for cooking. It must taste really delicious and healthier using coconut. My husband loves zucchini and I love chicken what a great mixture.

    • Oh you are going to love using coconut for cooking Tara! It is a healthy oil with so many incredible benefits! And I LOVE the taste! I hope your family enjoys this dish as much as mine does 🙂

  28. Kara Marks says:

    This sounds really great–I’ve bookmarked it. Thanks!

  29. maria roselle mendoza says:

    Yummy recipe, i love it… hope to have it very soon… thanks.

  30. Can’t wait to try this it looks yummy

  31. Asep Sudarman says:

    nice combination

  32. Flavors I wouldn’t have thought of combining! Looks good and easy to make.

  33. monique s says:

    this looks so yummy and I love the zing of the cranberry to really perk up the flavor of the coconut and chicken

  34. marlene harris says:

    making that tonight looks yummy

  35. Debbie Campbell says:

    I would never have thought of this combination. This dish sounds really great!

  36. Yummy! This is an interesting combination of flavors, I never would have thought of it! I am definitely always looking for new ways to cook boring chicken! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  37. This looks delicious.

  38. Geri Sandoval says:

    What an awesome combination of flavors, this is a must try recipe. Love everything about this recipe.

  39. Looks delicious!

  40. Interesting flavors in this. Easy to make.

  41. This sounds really yummy. I am working on eating healthier and it is always fun to find a recipe that sounds so yummy, but has good quality ingredients.

  42. denise low says:

    Thank you for sharing. We eat a lot of chicken . I think I will give this recipe a try.

  43. Angela Lombardi says:

    Thank you for sharing! This looks delish!

  44. Is the coconut flavor strong? I’m not very fond of coconut.

  45. I think I can make this dish this weekend since zucchini is now in season here. I might replace the chicken with beef tenderloin.

    • Yay Agnes!! I’m blessed to be in LA where we have an abundance of fresh zucchini available year round but there is something about eating with the seasons…This is certainly a fin way to do that. Enjoy!

  46. Betsy Barnes says:

    Such a lovely recipe! This would be perfect for hubby and I to cook together when we have a stay at home date night!

  47. Terri S says:

    WOW! This looks so good! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  48. Kimberly Flickinger says:

    This cranberry zucchini looks and sounds delicious, definitely going to make this or my family. I loved that you used coconut milk.

  49. Ron Weinberg says:

    This the best healthy recipe for Cranberry, Zucchini Chicken in Coconut Milk I have ever seen!

  50. This is a really unique combination. It sounds and looks delicious though. I love coconut milk in a sauce.

  51. Phyllis Huebbe says:

    I love all of these ingredients

  52. Amber Ludwig says:

    What an interesting mix of flavors!! Id really like to try this!! All things we love!!

  53. This sounds like a complex flavor profile ,sounds good though 🙂

  54. So after seeing this recipe a few days ago, I decided I had to try making it ,it was a huge hit and a definite make again.

  55. Calvin F. says:

    Quite a twist with these ingredients, I bet it tastes great.

  56. Susan Broughton says:

    This looks and sounds delicious

  57. Yummy is all I can say

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