Coconut Rum Braised Chicken

Braising chicken to me just makes it so incredibly tender and moist. I love how it just falls off of the bone when it’s done. I wanted to make a tropical inspired dinner to hold on to that feeling that I was still on vacation, so I devised a really delicious coconut rum braising liquid to just bathe the chicken for hours. The results were everything I hoped for and more! This coconut rum braised chicken instantly transported me back to the Caribbean. I used all chicken legs, but you could also use chicken thighs here, or even breasts.

Browning the chicken legs for the coconut rum braised chicken until they're nice and golden on both sides.
First, I browned my chicken legs in coconut oil to get that Caribbean flavor going right off the bat. They sizzled and became so gorgeously golden! I did it in two batches so that the pot didn’t become overcrowded. That way the chicken browned instead of steamed.
The braising liquid for the coconut rum braised chicken all combined.
I removed the chicken and started on the liquid next in the same pot. The chicken left such a gorgeous flavor base! The ingredient for the braising liquid of the coconut rum braised chicken all went into the pot to heat up and meld together.
The coconut rum braised chicken right out of the oven.
Then I returned the chicken to the pot and it all went into the oven. Transferring the heavy pot with the liquid and four pounds of chicken to the oven was my arm workout for the day, ha! It was pure perfection when it came out of the oven. The meat was already practically falling off the bone.

When I got it to the table, I brought forks with every intention of trying to eat it like a lady. My hubby and I looked at each other though, smiled, picked up the chicken legs with our hands and started diving in. The rum and coconut go so well together and the chicken was so darn tender. I served it with my pineapple risotto and it was just such a fantastic combination. I hope you all get transported to the Caribbean like we did. The full recipe is just below!

Coconut Rum Braised Chicken
Coconut Rum Braised Chicken
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Coconut Rum Braised Chicken
Coconut Rum Braised Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil for browning
  • 12 whole chicken drumsticks bone-in, skin-on
  • salt for seasoning the chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups dark spiced rum
  • 1/2 cup coconut balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 3 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon all-spice
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • Additional salt, to taste
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350. Get a large dutch oven or pot on the stove and heat the coconut oil over medium high heat. Season the chicken legs with salt. Brown the chicken pieces in two batches until they are golden on the outside. Remove them from the pot and set them aside.
  2. Deglaze the pot with the rum, scraping up the brown bits from the bottom. Add in the coconut balsamic and let the mixture reduce for 2-3 minutes
  3. Add in the shredded coconut, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, all spice and chicken stock. Give the braising liquid a big stir to combine it. Add the chicken back into the pot and bring it to a low boil. Cover the pot with its lid and transfer it to the oven.
  4. Let the coconut rum braised chicken cook for an hour and a half, until it is fall-off-the-bone tender and full of flavor. Then just plate and serve! I served it on a platter on a bed of pineapple chunks.


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