Coconut Ginger Mushroom Chicken

Oh so you know what’s one of my favorite feelings in the world? My ass burning when I get in the shower. No, it’s not what you may be thinking…actually I have no idea what your thoughts are on that statement, but I did sit ups the other day and am now saddened by the skin that has gone missing over my tailbone. When I was thinner, I used to get it BAD, I mean I-have-scars-that-may-never-go-away bad, but now it’s a bit better since I have more of a donk. But as soon as I thought I was going to get through a wod with skin still intact, I felt the burn. So you know how I said it was one of my favorite feelings in the world? I was lying. Showering with an open wound on your butt crack is by far one of the most uncomfortable feelings around. Try it. You’re missing out if you haven’t experienced it at least once.

So you know what else burns? My eyes when I cut onions. I keep sunglasses near by whenever a knife and an onion are in the same vicinity. Using onions, garlic, and ginger in the same meal can get real intense. My poor roommates. The sh*t they have to deal with when I cook. The great thing is, Laura LOVES ginger. She eats it by the handful while at sushi restaurants. It kind of makes me sick to my stomach thinking about doing that. Candied ginger is awesome! But that’s because it’s coated in sugar. Heaven. But sliced ginger, ugh. I heard it’s suppose to be a good digestive aide. Not sure if that’s true. If it is though, you’re digestive tract will thank you after this meal.


Paleo Coconut Ginger Mushroom Chicken


  • 1lb chicken thighs
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1 package shittake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 package crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 sweet onion, thinly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 12 tablespoons fat of choice


  1. Let’s get you prepared. Preparation is key. You will need 2 separate skillets for this meal. One large, one medium.
  2. First place the large skillet under medium heat and add a bit of fat along with your minced garlic and onion. Cook until onions are translucent.
  3. Next, add your can of coconut milk and mushrooms to begin to cook down. Reduce the heat and let them flavors simmer. Reducing the heat is important so the coconut milk doesn’t play splishy splash on your counters/stove top….like it did on mine.
  4. Once the mushrooms become tender, use your grater for some fresh ginger directly into the pan. Mix together. Add salt and pepper to taste and cover to let cook while you cook your chicken.
  5. Now put your medium skillet over medium-high heat and add a bit of fat to your pan. While the pan heats, season your chicken thighs with salt and pepper along with the garlic and onion powder.
  6. Add chicken thighs to pan and cook on both sides for 4-6 minutes, depending on thick the thighs are.
  7. Once the chicken is almost done cooking, add them directly to your coconut milk pan, cover and let cook for about 3-5 minutes to let the chicken absorb some of the liquid.
  8. Now they are ready to eat! Serve along side broccoli. Obviously.

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I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


66 thoughts on “Coconut Ginger Mushroom Chicken”

  1. hahaha – I remember my first sit-up raw spot. I couldn't figure out how I got it. Even asked my wife about it (it's hard to see from my vantage point). She had further proof that I'm strange.

    I had one of those 'aaahhh!!!' moments the next time I had some sit-ups.

    I put down something before I do them now to cushion a little..

  2. Haaaa. Once on a long run I put my iphone in the back pocket of my running/cycling top (follow? It was one of those bra+tank top dealios that had a little pocket at the square of your back.) I also had a long sleeve shirt, which I ended up tying around my waist which ended up securing the phone more securely against my back.
    This was all well and good until I hop into a post run shower and damn near died when the hot water hit my back. The phone had chafed ALL the skin off my back. And even better? It scarred.

    What I am saying to you is I gave myself an iPhone tramp stamp.

  3. Even your followers stories are funny as hell. IPhone tramp stamp! That's classic. There is nothing worse in the world than Crossfit ass burn from a tabata or something like that. I've gone to doing GHD's or toes to bar just to avoid it. It makes the WOD longer and more sucktastic, but it's better than screaming like a little girl when I get in the shower. No offense ladies. 🙂

  4. If you put a cup of water near the onion when you are cutting it it actually keeps it from burning your eyes. Something with the enzymes being attracted to water. Anywho just a little tid bit that works for me…

  5. I've never commented on a blog in my life, but I could not pass up the opportunity to commiserate with others about situp induced, peeled ass syndrome. I always wondered if girls got it too… now I know.

    Helpful hint, putting down a gymnastics mat under your ab mat cushions just enough for a much more enjoyable post situp shower.

    Juli, you've got a baller blog going on here. One of the very few I frequent. I love your writing style… and maybe you.

  6. Mather, I.LOVE.YOU. Well that untrue, but I do love you for frequenting my blog. I will talk about my ass on a regular basis, it's large and in charge so it has a mind of its own. Not wearing underwear during sit ups helps as well, but you gotta be careful of the coverage down below. Thanks so much for checking out my blog!

  7. Hi! I just found your blog this week. This recipe is the bomb. Since going paleo, I hadn’t been tempted to overeat until tonight’s dinner… I’m stuffed, but I STILL want to go back to the fridge and slurp up all those gingery, flavorful leftovers. Thank you!

  8. Another great recipe. Kids and hubby loved it too. Now I just have to convince them to ditch the bread!

  9. OK–thought your Jambalaya was the best thing ever–made a double batch last weekend and been eating it ever since. But this…wow! What great flavor! Yet another winner…and in case you don’t believe me, our four-year-old made me a 1st place ribbon, which I’m proudly wearing, for making this meal.

  10. Juli, you make me laugh!!! Most people don’t understand the burning crack, lol! I have no idea until I showered and it BURNED so badly! Ha, ha! Thanks for just throwing it our there and being real! From that point on, I will NOT do sit-ups unless I have an ab mat! So funny!

  11. I didn’t have thighs or mushrooms but made this with split chicken breasts and it came out great! It was so yummy!

  12. Hi. I have made this recipe about 5 times now..I have to say it is one of my husbands favorite of all time. I love your site, your wit and all the great recipes.

  13. I found your site recently (just started trying out Paleo) and I made this recipe last night and LOVED it. Thanks for all the work you’ve put in putting out recipes for us to enjoy. I plan on trying a couple more this week!

  14. 5 stars- EASY.

    I made this tonight, it was amazing! It was a hit with even my 7 year old, who usually hates mushrooms.
    This is my family’s first day on Paleo and I do believe that trying is believing. I’m hooked and so is everyone else!

  15. Totally amazing. I added some zucchini and yellow squash and some grated cauliflower which did an awesome job soaking up the yummy sauce. No chicken thighs, but I had drumsticks so I spiced them and threw them on the grill to eat alongside. So super tasty and quick.

  16. I am new to the whole Paleo thing… and I am doing the Whole30 right now and just made this for my mom and my boyfriend (who are still skeptical about Paleo/Whole30 but that have been participating with me so far!) and we all LOVED it! We made some cauliflower rice to go with it and some zucchini on the side. YUM! Thanks for a great recipe, I look forward to trying more!

    PS- I can’t wait to try some of the treats after my Whole30 is over! They look AMAZING!

  17. A helpful hint for showers with chafed skin…Aquaphor. Probably plain old petroleum jelly would work, too. Anyway, Aquaphor often gets used to try to prevent chafing by putting it on skin you think will get chafed during a workout or run. I haven’t found that it’s all that successful at prevent chafing. However, if you put it on chafed skin before you shower (and it does not hurt at all on the chafed skin) it will protect the chafed during the shower. It’s awesome.

  18. And I didn’t proofread very well…
    Not successful at preventING chafing; will protect the chafed SKIN during the shower…

  19. first-time visitor becuz i googled chicken mushroom coconut milk & found yours… the humor is great! From the comments and other recipes, I sure wouldn’t complain about having a roommate like you doing the cookin’

    fresh ginger can be kept in the freezer. chop it or grate it, or better yet get a cutco peeler and shave it onto your food. good stuff!

    as for the sit-ups, i guess i don’t do enough to make it hurt anywhere…

  20. HOLY OMG – this was DELICIOUS! Even typing in all caps doesn’t do enough to convey just how good this was! 🙂 I have to admit, I had my reservations at first; I mean, mushrooms in coconut milk? It ended up to be amazing. Definitely will be making this again.

  21. YUM fantastic easy recipe. ive been copying quite a few of your recipes and trying them out and they are delicious and just morish! Even my husband who isnt into paleo eating adores your food. Am eating this now I give it a 11 out of 10. I served this with zucchini noodles cooked in the fat of the chicken thigh fillets that i used and it soaked up all the flavours. yum keep up the great work from a fan in Sydney, Australia! 🙂

  22. I have been eating paleo for a little over 4 months now. I ran across your blog last week and I am so happy I did. I made tis tonight and it was amazing!!!

  23. Made this tonight and its fantastic! Doesn’t taste like coconut at all if you’re worried about that!! I tripled the recipe so we ‘d have leftovers but didn’t have three cans of coconut milk so I just used two plus a cup of homemade chicken broth. I had tons of sauce leftover(and we are a saucey family….usually I have to double the amount of ingredients for sauces around here).

    This will definitely be on our regular roster from here on out! Thanks!!!

  24. Juli, Your coconut ginger mushroom chicken recipe is quite delicious. I am a rural cattle rancher in the high desert of No. NV. If I don’t have the ingred., on hand…it’s a pain. Today, I had the coconut milk, sliced mushrooms, the chicken thighs and some fresh ginger I had preserved, in a jar- in sherry – (from a mag article, I found years ago. Just peel and put in the jar filled with sherry – WORKS). I used 4lbs of thighs, 2 cans of coconut milk, 2 pkgs. of sliced brn. mushrooms, 2 sweet onions, 6 cloves of mashed garlic and the accompanying spices. Didn’t have enough fresh ginger. BUT. I will, next time. I browned the thighs in a hot oven – 500 degrees – on 2 cookie sheets, lined with foil, (don’t crowd thighs) for 1/2 hour. Switching positions of sheets from top to bottom @ 15 mins. Worked swell for browning. NO mess on stove top! Placed thighs in “gravy”, simmering in pan on stove. Cooked on slow simmer for 1 hour – or so. Absolutely delicious. My compliments to the chef! POST MORE! Husband loved. He’s not on Paleo!

  25. Made this tonight with chicken fillets instead of the thighs and with cauliflower ‘rice’ – so good!!!! Thanks from a newbie Paleo convert from downunder.

  26. I made this last night and it was amazing. We served it with roasted spaghetti squash (which was so good with the sauce o top) and sauteed bok choy. Thanks for a great recipe!

    1. So I’m not the only one who thought of using the spaghetti squash.

      I’ve been looking for an Asian recipe for awhile now that compliments the squash, which incorporates coconut without curry. Finally I found it. Best Paleo recipe I know of so far, when eaten with the squash.


  27. Ok, I m trying this one tonight! Ihave to admit I came here looking for a recipe that I think was called “grandmas bbq chicken” and it seems to have completely disappeared! I swear I made it once for the fam and it was the only BBQ sauce we ever liked, do you have this recipe, am I completely losing my mind??

  28. I’d just like to say this is SUCH a yummy recipe! Also somehow by consequence my ass crack is completely raw because of too many situps….But your delish chicken distracted me from my butt problems! Thanks!

  29. I know this is a millionty years old, but I tried it out of the cookbook last night and it’s really delicious. I added broccoli to it and it was great! But that’s more because I’m lazy and less because of my culinary genius and I don’t want to get a separate Tupperware for my veggie.

  30. This site is amazing! And so is your book! I want to make this tonight but I have one question, do you leave the chicken skin on or off? – thanks!

  31. Coconut ginger mushroom chicken…. Yum

    We’re new to Paleo and this was the first recepie I have followed, and we loved it!! Thank you for sharing it.

    My hubby really wants to drop some weight but when it comes to the cruch doesn’t like change. (We’re addicted to carbs)
    He couldn’t believe how much he enjoyed this meal. I used to make a similar version of it with either double cream :-/ or cream cheese but this was much tastier.


  32. I’m making this recipe tonight- is the 3 Tablespoons of ginger too strong or is it just right? I’ve never cooked with ginger before…I’ve just juiced with it. Thank you! 🙂

  33. Great recipe! I had 4 thighs that weighed 2 lbs total, so I had to finish them in the oven (I left the skin on). I thought all of the seasoning was perfect.

  34. I made this tonight and loved it!!! I am not a fan of chic thighs so I cubed chicken breast, leftovers tomorrow over spaghetti squash

  35. This has by far been the most amazing chicken dish I’ve ever made! Making it tonight for the second night in a row, it was that good. We served ours over quinoa.

  36. YUM! I just made this recipe tonight. So good! I had some leftover chicken breasts from last night that we had cooked up, so I used those and let ’em soak up that yum-yummy sauce. This recipe is definitely going on the list of standby dinner items! Thanks for sharing <3

  37. Another hit all the way around the dinner table. I chopped up the mushrooms fairly fine to disguise them – worked great to feed my three boys. Only problem was that I didn’t make enough broccoli.

  38. I was thinking of adding a little cornstarch to thicken the sauce,would that work? Actually making this tonight for my parents.

  39. Well this recipe was a hit last night!! My parents loved it. 🙂 I brought the coconut milk to a slow boil then added one tbsp of cornstarch mixed into two tbsp water to the coconut milk and mixed thoroughly. It was amazing and thicker to pour over basamati rice…awesome recipe Juli. (5 star) darn iPad won’t let me rate!

  40. hold a matchstick in between your teeth when you cut onions (obviously, don’t light it!) It will keep your eyes from tearing up =)
    I’m going to make this recipe this weekend. It sounds so delicious!

  41. Hi!!! I love your recipes and your wit!
    When you call for coconut milk in a recipe, do you use full fat or light coconut milk? I usually buy the T.J. light coconut milk but I have been thinking to switch…Thanks 🙂

  42. Just made this. Used chanterelles, angel wings, and oyster mushroom. Also added the juice of half a lime and garnished w/ cilantro. Great recipe, thanks!

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