Coconut and Lime Chicken Drumsticks with lime and cilantro garnish

Crispy Coconut Lime Chicken Drumsticks

These delicious, Whole30 approved yummies are perfect for game day, or a weeknight dinner! 

Course Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 People
291 kcal
Rachel Kirk


Chicken Marinade

  • 1 Package Chicken Drumsticks (with skin) Mine had 8 to a pack, figure 2 per person for an appetizer, or 3 per person for dinner.
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Lime Juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Zest of 1 Lime

Crispy Coconut "Breading"

  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes I use Bob's Red Mill because they're bigger flakes. If you aren't on Whole30, use sweetened for a great salty/sweet punch!
  • 1 Medium Lime (for garnish)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil, spray with nonstick, and set aside. 

Chicken Marinade & Breading

  1. Mix marinade in large size bowl with room for chicken to soak.

  2. Cut slices in drumstick meat, under the chicken skin (this will help infuse flavor). Add chicken to marinade mixture and rub the mixture into the chicken. 

  3. In a separate bowl, combine the "breading" ingredients. 1 by 1, transfer drumsticks to "breading", ensuring drumsticks are full coated in coconut flake mixture. 

  4. Add "breaded" chicken drumsticks to sheet pan, and when finished, cover with a piece of foil (this helps the coconut not burn while baking).

  5. Bake for 25 minutes with piece of foil covering pan. When 25 minutes is up, remove piece of foil, and bake without for an additional 5 minutes to brown coconut. Keep an eye on it to ensure your coconut does not burn (all ovens heat differently- this is my disclaimer so your coconut does not burn!). (Reminder- If you're unsure if your chicken is done- use a meat thermometer- it should be an internal temp of 180 degrees Fahrenheit.)

  6. Place on a festive platter, and squeeze lime juice over drumsticks. Garnishes well with parsley, or lime zest. 

  7. Serve with sweet and sour, or sweet chili sauce (both are NOT Whole30 compliant, FYI) and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Coconut Lime Chicken Drumsticks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 291 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 24g120%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 601mg25%
Potassium 297mg8%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin C 4.3mg5%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.