Lime Coconut Chicken Burger + Red Cabbage Slaw

Lime Coconut Chicken Burger


When we lived in India, we traveled throughout Asia quite frequently and were able to taste and experience the cuisines of many different countries from China to Sri Lanka. Since we have been back, I have been looking for ways to combine these tastes to create something new.

This chicken burger takes inspiration from southeast asian flavors that I absolutely love, including a tropical bounty of ingredients like lime and coconut and enhanced with garlic, chilis, fresh ginger and soy sauce. I marinaded the chicken overnight and then grill it to perfection, but if you don’t have a grill, you can sear the chicken in a pan first and finish it in the oven at 400 F. This sandwich is perfect for your next picnic or backyard barbecue. The sandwich is a medley of sour, spicy, salty and sweet. I served it with sliced avocado, sriracha mayo, pickles and red cabbage slaw.

I am bringing this delicious sandwich over to Angie’s Fiesta Friday this week! Enjoy!


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Lime Coconut Chicken Burger + Red Cabbage Slaw

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Lime Coconut Chicken


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 (14 oz) can coconut milk (not light), divided


  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1-2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce or to taste ( or use 2 garlic cloves + 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar, packed
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Combine all the ingredients for the marinade in the food processor and pulse it to grind. Pour over the chicken, toss, and marinade overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat grill on high heat. Oil the grill. Place the chicken on the grill and cook for 8-10 minutes, turning few times until done. The chicken is done when the juice that runs out is yellow rather than pink.
  3. Remove the chicken from the grill and place it on the plate.


Red Cabbage Slaw


  • 4 cups red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/3 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/3 cup carrot, grated
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (not light)
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey
  • salt, pepper to taste


  1. In a medium bowl combine cabbage, onion, red bell pepper, and carrot. Whisk together lime juice and zest, coconut milk, agave nectar, salt and pepper. Drizzle the lime coconut dressing over the cabbage mixture, tossing well, using part or all of the dressing.Β Note: cabbage is most ideal if it isn’t really cold otherwise the coconut oils set up.


Garnishes and Assembly suggestions:

  • 4 sesame seed buns
  • Sliced avocado
  • Pickles
  • Sriracha mayonnaise (1/2 cup mayo+sriracha to taste)
  • Jalapeno chilis, sliced
  • Cilantro leaves

Spread sriracha mayo on both sides and assemble with sliced avacado, chicken and any other garnishes you would like to use. You can top it with red cabbage slaw or serve it on the side.


53 thoughts on “Lime Coconut Chicken Burger + Red Cabbage Slaw

  1. What an AMAZING looking chicken burger. Loved these busting flavors and vibrant colors! πŸ˜€

  2. Sorry for the typo!
    What an AMAZING looking chicken burger. Loved these bursting flavors and vibrant colors! πŸ˜€

  3. Love how you’ve incorporated those Asian flavors in your burger – I like the idea of the red cabbage slaw as a side, both filled with amazing goodness! πŸ™‚

  4. Lets be honest here, this is one of the most good looking burgers I have EVER seen Olga, and there would be no point in resisting – in my house this thing would be gone in like 3 min or so

  5. You’ve developed some really lovely flavours here, and your photos is so great that it makes me want to take a huge bite out of your burger – and I’m a vegetarian! Thanks so much for bringing this recipe to FF#65.

  6. Made these last week and they were AWESOME!!!! Had to tweak a little to suit what I had, but would make them again in a heart beat.

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