Chicken In Coconut Sauce Recipe -
Chicken In Coconut Sauce Recipe
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Chicken In Coconut Sauce

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"This is a delicious recipe from Indonesia. The coconut adds a creamy taste to the chicken dish!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr


  1. Mix the cream of coconut with the hot water until smooth and well blended, and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and place the chicken breasts into the hot oil. Pan-fry the chicken breasts until they have begun to brown but are still pink inside, about 5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken breasts to paper towels, and sprinkle them with lemon juice, ginger, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place the onions and garlic into the skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir until they are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Return the chicken breasts to the skillet on top of the cooked onions and garlic, and pour the coconut cream mixture over the chicken. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened, about 35 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 01, 2010

Great base recipe - used a can of coconut milk instead - is the same as using coconut cream & hot water. Poured the coconut milk in with the onions & garlic and added 1/2 tsp of lemon juice, chilli powder, ground ginger, salt and pepper before adding the chicken. Without that, I found the sauce to be a little bland. But I definitely enjoyed those spices on the chicken.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 02, 2012

This is way to sweet. Half the cream of coconut should be more than enough-I had to add a lot more of everything to be able to eat this. It was still to sweet. You can always add more if you like it sweeter. This needs some work to make the flavor more complex.

Aug 31, 2010

I have been looking for this recipe. I left out the onions as my favorite dish at the Chinese resturant does not have them. I put walnut halves in this. Wonderful!

Feb 08, 2010

I had a tin of coconut milk and tried this recipe. I am allergic to bell peppers and did not want a curry recipe. This chicken was so delicious that is my all time favourite now. My husband was so impressed, he told everybody about the chicken. I did not add the cup of hot water, just simmer the chicken in the coconut milk. Next time I am going to add some mushrooms and bake it in the oven.

Feb 24, 2012

After reading the most "helpful" review I couldn't help but make this dish. The erroneous information they gave certainly would result in a very bland product as they reviewed it. As the "most helpful" reviewer said....Coconut milk and cream of coconut are the same. Sorry...NOT even close. Two entirely different products. That being said, I made it exactly as directed initially only adjusting the seasoning a bit before I served by adding about a half teaspoon of chili garlic sauce and another tablespoon of lemon juice. Next time, I will skip the water and use chicken broth instead to add more depth and I will add some red curry paste too. I would also add some fresh ginger. I served this with fried broken rice and chopped peanuts and cilantro for garnish. Very tasty indeed. (though a bit heavy on the calories) For the adjustments, I give this 4 stars. My husband and a dinner guest gave it 5 stars as served. Thanks so much for sharing a terrific recipe. This is a winner!

Sep 13, 2011

Great base for a recipe, but it needs more vegetables! I diced 2 chicken breasts and took the advice of another reviewer and used coconut milk instead of cream of coconut. I also added mushrooms and diced red pepper. So good, my roommate said it tasted like something she would get at her favorite Thai restaurant back home!

Oct 13, 2009

This was very tasty. The onions overpowered a little bit though. I wouldn't use as much onion next time.

Dec 30, 2013

This recipe is a great starting point! I used a can of coconut milk instead of coconut cream because that is what I had in the house. I used 1 TBSP of minced garlic instead of the ginger (personal taste) and I cubed up the chicken breast so they would cook faster. Once everything was cooked up I threw in some frozen peas, beans, and carrots for a one pot meal! Serve it over some jasmine rice and it is a quick, easy and great tasting meal!


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  • Calories
  • 716 kcal
  • 36%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 76.4 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol
  • 68 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 33.2 g
  • 51%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 29.7 g
  • 59%
  • Sodium
  • 133 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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