Curried Coconut Chicken


Curried coconut chicken in a creamy coconut milk sauce is a tasty Asian dish recipe with extremely tender chicken.  Serve it over rice for a fast and easy weeknight dinner!  This is one of my go-to meals.

Curried Coconut Chicken Recipe.  Great Asian dish!

I adore this dish!!  We had this for Curried Coconut Chicken for dinner a while back and I was in heaven after tasting it.  My husband and I LOVE Asian food, especially Thai food and Indian food, and this was one of our new favorite meals.  The chicken turned out super tender (which doesn’t always happen when I cook) and the flavors were amazing, yet subtle, and blended together so perfectly.  The basil gives it a nice color, too!  As a bonus, it was actually really simple to make and the coconut milk sauce was perfectly creamy.

If you’re worried about the curry and the spice level, it really is not overpowering in this dish.  Mr. Wishes doesn’t like spicy food at all and he loved this.  I have a high tolerance for spice, but I didn’t think this dish was very spicy in the least.  We had some friends stop over our house the night that I was making this and they agreed that this one was a winner after they taste-tested for me.

This one really stood out to us as a really great dinner that I will make over and over again.  I served this with Thai Sticky Rice and Peanut Sauce (recipe coming soon)!  Next time I think I will have a side of naan bread to go with it, as well.  Enjoy!

Curried Coconut Chicken Recipe.  Great Asian dish!

Curried Coconut Chicken
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Serves: 4
Curried coconut chicken in a coconut milk sauce is a tasty Asian dish recipe. Serve it over rice for a fast and easy weeknight dinner!
  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1.5 lbs)
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 14-ounce can coconut milk
  • 1.5 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (can use ground ginger)
  • 4 cups hot cooked rice
  1. Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces. Place in medium bowl.
  2. Stir together curry, ½ teaspoon of the salt, pepper and chili powder. Sprinkle over chicken, tossing to coat evenly.
  3. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours so the chicken soaks up the flavor (if you are in a hurry, you can skip this step and it will still come out good - I have tried it).
  4. In a large nonstick frying pan, stir onion, basil, garlic and peppers in hot oil over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes, until onion is translucent.
  5. Add chicken and remaining ½ teaspoon salt and cook for 5-6 minutes or until no longer pink.
  6. Carefully add coconut milk to skillet, stirring vigorously.
  7. Cook and continue stirring until slightly thickened and bubbly.
  8. Stir in ginger. Cook and stir for another minute.
  9. Serve over hot cooked rice

Recipe source:  originally from Better Homes & Gardens, but changed it around to make it my own!

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36 Responses to “Curried Coconut Chicken”

  1. Sarah
    February 5, 2014 at 1:04 AM #

    Looks delicious! It will come as no surprise that I am mildly obsessed with Thai food – just look at my Pinterest boards sometime 🙂 Hank and I both LOVE spicy food. You will have to stop in Trader Joes and try their curry sauces. We love the Green Curry sauce the most because it is so spicy, but they are all really good!

    • February 5, 2014 at 11:27 PM #

      Yes I remember your obsession with Thai food!! I love it too and i LOVE spicy food. I’ve never had Trader Joe’s curry sauce before – must change that soon! I don’t get over there much…

  2. February 5, 2014 at 6:52 AM #

    I love all curries — especially with coconut milk. Looks delicious and flavorful!

    • February 5, 2014 at 11:26 PM #

      I love curries, goes especially well with the coconut flavor! Thank you, Amy!

  3. February 5, 2014 at 8:51 AM #

    Hey! I love the combination of curry, chilli and coconut milk.. and like you I also LOVE Thai
    food 🙂 Cant wait to see the peanut sauce recipe!! Xx

    • February 5, 2014 at 11:26 PM #

      Thai food is the BEST!!

  4. February 5, 2014 at 11:58 AM #

    I absolutely love curry! This dish looks wonderful!

    • February 5, 2014 at 11:26 PM #

      Thanks, Laura!!

  5. February 5, 2014 at 12:37 PM #

    I love curry! This looks great — great flavors, such a nice texture. Good stuff — thanks.

    • February 5, 2014 at 11:25 PM #

      Thanks – I love it, too!

  6. February 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM #

    Sounds delicious! Love your bowl, perfect for photographing this dish 😀

    • February 5, 2014 at 11:25 PM #

      Aww thanks, Cindy!

  7. February 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM #

    Wow, Ashley this dish seems taylor made for me.
    I love the ingredients, especially coconut and Asian inspired food anytime.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • February 5, 2014 at 11:25 PM #

      Those are all my favorite flavors, too!

  8. February 5, 2014 at 3:34 PM #

    Yummy that sounds delicious! Great recipe Ashley 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    • February 5, 2014 at 11:24 PM #

      Thank you, Eric!

  9. February 6, 2014 at 7:31 AM #

    Oooh this does sound lovely, chicken and coconut together are great.

  10. February 6, 2014 at 12:18 PM #

    OOh – I lurrve curry! I wish I had a plate of this to faceplant into – err, I meant nibble at graciously 🙂

  11. February 8, 2014 at 8:18 AM #

    This looks delicious Ashley, I love any curry with coconut milk so will be trying this!

    • February 8, 2014 at 12:58 PM #

      Thank you Joy!

  12. February 8, 2014 at 5:13 PM #

    Love curry and especially coconut. Looks delicious Ashley!

    • February 8, 2014 at 6:24 PM #

      Thanks, Christin!

  13. February 8, 2014 at 5:51 PM #

    I just love curry Ashley and this dish is two die for!!! I love all the flavors and it would go perfect with some naan! 🙂

    • February 8, 2014 at 6:25 PM #

      I love it too! Thanks, Shundara!

  14. February 10, 2014 at 3:37 PM #

    Curry is my love language!

  15. February 10, 2014 at 7:39 PM #

    I wasn’t always the biggest fan of curry but starting to be more open to it. And I think I can certainly enjoy a plate of this 🙂

    • February 10, 2014 at 9:51 PM #

      I didn’t used to like it either!!

  16. February 10, 2014 at 8:32 PM #

    YUM! Perfect, delicious, cosy dinner.

  17. February 12, 2014 at 8:24 PM #

    I haven’t had too much curry in my life, but I absolutely know I will love this coconut flavor! Gotta try!

  18. February 13, 2014 at 9:18 AM #

    If Mr. Wishes can it eat, then my kids can! I am the only one who loves spicy food although we all love asian food. Can’t wait to give this a go!

  19. February 14, 2014 at 4:48 AM #

    Look at that hot steam rising from this yummy curry! Love coconut curry and looking forward to trying it with chicken now.

    • February 14, 2014 at 11:08 PM #

      You are the only one to notice the steam! Love it! Thanks, Bam!

  20. February 14, 2014 at 10:42 AM #

    I love coconut curry chicken but I’ve only had it at restaurants, never at home. Will definitely have to give this a try – it sounds awesome!

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