Grilled Caribbean Chicken & Coconut Rice

Fire up the grill!! It’s fun-in-the-sun time. Citrus-marinated chicken with a Caribbean vibe, grilled to perfection and served with creamy coconut rice… the forecast is looking bright and sunny on your plate!!

In search of something new and fun to throw on the grill this weekend? Look no further! This recipe is so simple, yet bursting with flavor.

I think the hardest part is just waiting – make sure you budget in a good two hours for the chicken to fully soak up the flavors of the marinade, but don’t leave it longer than four. There’s a ton of citrus in the marinade, and all that acid will actually start to cook the chicken and affect the texture if you leave it too long.

Red onions and capers stewing in orange citrus sauce

There are so many “best parts” to this recipe, I don’t know where to begin!

Okay, let’s start with prep time. In under ten minutes, you can whip up the marinade and get the chicken soaking.

But after the chicken has rested, you don’t just dump the marinade! That’s point number two. It pulls double-duty. With a quick simmer on the stove top, it actually BECOMES the sauce! Why toss the good stuff? After all, everyone loves sauce.

Chicken grilling on barbeque with metal tongs

And now for the rice – I’ve found that adding canned coconut milk to my cooking liquid is the simplest way to add so much depth. Plus, with the citrus from the chicken, creamy coconut milk is the perfect foil to mellow the piquant flavors.

Grilled Caribbean Chicken & Coconut Rice on two plates with onion caper sauce in background

Grilling season is just getting started! Be sure to check out some of my new grilling items in Bealls stores and online. ☀️

Are There Substitutions for this Dish?

  • If capers aren’t your thing, use olives instead.
  • Boneless chicken breasts could be used instead of bone-in breasts. Adjust the cook time down accordingly.

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Grilled Caribbean Chicken & Coconut Rice

(Inspierd by a Mark Bittman recipe)
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Marinate2 hrs


For the chicken:

  • 3 pounds bone-in chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 small red or white onion halved and sliced
  • ¾ cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey or brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons zest from the orange
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice

For the rice:

  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 1 cup low fat coconut milk
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 wide strips of lime zest use a vegetable peeler to get just the outer green part


  • Place all of the ingredients for the chicken in a large non-reactive bowl and whisk to combine. Add the chicken, turning to coat, and marinate for 2-4 hours.
  • Combine the rice, lime zest strips, coconut milk, water and salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cover the pot, turn the heat to low and cook for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and keep covered until ready to serve.
  • Prepare your grill to medium heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade, and pour the marinade into a small saucepan. Bring the marinade to a simmer and cook for 4-5 minutes until reduced by about half.
  • Grill the chicken, turning two or three times, for 25-30 minutes, or until it is cooked through. Remove to a platter, pour the reduced sauce over top, and serve with the rice.

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  • Rebekah says:

    Can’t wait to try the Caribbean chicken- sounds delicious! What do you consider a non reactive bowl? Is it safe to use the marinade for sauce after it’s had raw chicken in it?
    Love your newsletter!

    • KeyLimeLexi says:

      Thank you so much!
      The marinade gets simmered on the stove to reduce, so it is safe to eat as it is cooked. Definitely do not use it if you haven’t simmered it.
      A non-reactive bowl would be something like ceramic or pyrex or glass, not metal.
      I hope you enjoy the recipe! Let me know if you have any more questions, and how you like it!

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