Our coconut chicken recipe will add a gorgeous new item to your list of easy and tasty chicken dishes.
The main attraction of this dish is the sauce. With coconut milk, this comforting sauce elevates the chicken nicely and has a scent and richness that you can’t find from other ingredients.
Is This Recipe Healthy?
The answer is yes, our coconut chicken is healthy.
This dish has only 499 calories and 7.8 g of saturated fat per serving, despite containing heavy ingredients such as coconut milk and milk. Furthermore, the sodium level is kept within the limits of our nutrition guidelines, standing at 515 mg.
Chicken breast provides 36.3 g of lean protein in each serving, making this dish a good choice for anyone on a weight loss diet.
Chicken: For a dish with quite a few ingredients on the heavy side, chicken breast is a suitable choice. We butterfly the chicken breasts to create a consistent thickness, which helps the chicken cook evenly. Pounding the chicken will also do.
We season the chicken breast with paprika, salt, and garlic powder. These spices are savory and give the chicken some color to stand out from the sauce.
Sauce: The velvety sauce for this recipe contains coconut milk and milk. Coconut milk is special because of its fragrant scent and creamy taste, which makes it one of the most popular ingredients in Asian comfort food.
We use flour to help the sauce thicken. However, the longer coconut milk cooks, the thicker it gets. So we add some water to the sauce to thin it out.
It may seem contradictory, but both steps are needed to ensure that the sauce has the right consistency.
Coconut milk is not the only ingredient that brings flavor to the sauce. Paprika, salt, pepper, fresh garlic, and olive oil also play important roles in the sauce.
Vegetables: Mushrooms and asparagus are the chosen vegetables for this dish. Their flavors are mild, so they will greatly benefit from the coconut milk sauce.
To finish up the dish, we also sprinkle some coriander and red pepper flakes, adding freshness and a little kick while creating contrasting flavors to the sauce.
Variation and Add-Ins
Substitute for chicken breast
This recipe is good for any cut of chicken. You can choose thighs, wings, legs, or even a whole chicken.
Add more veggies
Lots of vegetables can benefit from the richness of coconut milk sauce. You can add broccoli, carrot, potatoes, bell peppers, etc. to this dish.
Adjust the taste
You can customize the flavor of the coconut milk sauce with a handful of seasonings.
Sweet: Brown sugar or honey
Sour: Lemon or lime juice
Spicy: Hot sauce or chilies
Salty: Soy sauce or fish sauce
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
Coconut chicken should last for 3 to 5 days in the fridge and 2 to 3 months in the freezer. Store the leftovers in airtight containers or freezer bags.
Reheat in the microwave for 1 minute, then stir and continue reheating in 30-second intervals if needed. You can also use a skillet and cook over medium heat until warm.
Remember to stir often and add a couple of tbsp of water to prevent the sauce from clumping.
What to Serve With
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