Coconut Chicken


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My first introduction to the Indian culture and Indian people was when I read Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days. I was really impressed and intrigued by the adventures of Phileas Fogg and Passepartout and the mystique of Mrs. Aouda and her country.

When I was in high school our literature teacher gave us an essay to write, based on a quote by a very famous Bengali poet, play writer, essayist a person of culture Rabindranath Tagore who said the following: “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” That was an inspiration for me not only to write the essay but also to make me want to learn and understand as much as possible about this, distant and so much different from my culture, country.

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One thing, though, that missed from my virtual itinerary to this country was its kitchen. As I have told you before, I have quite a sensitive stomach which reacts and acts as a spoiled child when I eat something very spicy and hot. That was the reason why I was and still am very hesitant in cooking these beautiful dishes, I see in all the Indian blogs I visit.

Nevertheless, and since I met so many beautiful people from this country, I decided to somehow make it work for me. So, when I stumbled upon this recipe from a Greek magazine called “Λιχουδιές”, I thought it was just perfect for me! This dish incorporates two of the most commonly used ingredients of the Indian kitchen, curry and coconut milk, in a less hot or spicy manner.

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In this way, I have the chance to pay a tribute to this beautiful country and at the same time enjoy the aroma of its kitchen without the hotness that accompanies some of the traditional dishes. After making couple of small changes, the dish that was created was so delicious everyone including the picky one ate it all and even ate some leftovers at night as well! I have to add that it is very easy and quick which are additional bonuses for me!

So let’s go and make it.

 

Coconut Chicken

Ingredients

700 gr./25 oz. chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cut in pieces

1 onion, chopped

½ tsp curry powder, the recipe called for 1 tsp but I want to hear the curry in my food but not in an out loud kinda way

1 tsp Hungarian paprika

1 garlic clove, minced

2 tbsp olive oil

1 cup coconut milk

1 cup water

Salt, pepper

1 cup baked almonds, the recipe called for cashews but I didn’t have any

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Instructions

In a deep pan in medium heat pour the olive oil and sauté the chicken, add the onion and garlic and continue to sauté until they become soft and the chicken takes a golden color.

Add the spices, the coconut milk and the water.

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Lower the heat and let it cook until the sauce starts to thicken a little bit. If it is too runny just add 1 tsp corn flour dissolved in 1 tsp of water.

I served it over basmati rice which I thought it would complement the chicken perfectly and it did, but you can serve it over pasta as well!

 

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Coconut Chicken
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Main Course
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Indian, Fusion

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 700 gr./25 oz. chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cut in pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ½ tsp curry powder, the recipe called for 1 tsp but I want to hear the curry in my food but not in an out loud kinda way
  • 1 tsp Hungarian paprika
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt, pepper
  • 1 cup baked almonds, the recipe called for cashews but I didn’t have any

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. In a deep pan in medium heat pour the olive oil and sauté the chicken, add the onion and garlic and continue to sauté until they become soft and the chicken takes a golden color.
  2. Add the spices, the coconut milk and the water.
  3. Lower the heat and let it cook until the sauce starts to thicken a little bit. If it is too runny just add 1 tsp corn flour dissolved in 1 tsp of water.
  4. I served it over basmati rice which I thought it would complement the chicken perfectly and it did, but you can serve it over pasta as well!

Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Adapted from a Greek magazine called ‘Lihoudies’

Κοτόπουλο με Καρύδα
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Κυρίως Πιάτο
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Ινδική, Fusion

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 700 γρ. στήθη κοτόπουλου, κομμένα σε κομμάτια
  • 1 κρεμμύδι, ψιλοκομμένο
  • ½ κουταλάκι του γλυκού κάρι σκόνη, η συνταγή έλεγε για 1 κουταλάκι του γλυκού, αλλά εγώ προσωπικά δεν θέλω να ακούω δυνατά το κάρι στο φαγητό
  • 1 κουταλάκι του γλυκού γλυκιά πάπρικα
  • 1 σκελίδα σκόρδο, λιωμένο
  • 2 κουταλιές της σούπας ελαιόλαδο
  • 1 φλ. γάλα καρύδας
  • 1 φλ. νερό
  • Αλάτι, πιπέρι
  • 1 φλιτζάνι ψημένα αμύγδαλα, η συνταγή έλεγε κάσιους αλλά εγώ δεν είχα

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Σε ένα βαθύ τηγάνι σε μέτρια φωτιά ρίχνουμε το ελαιόλαδο και σοτάρουμε το κοτόπουλο, προσθέτουμε το κρεμμύδι και το σκόρδο και συνεχίζουμε να σοτάρουμε μέχρι να μαλακώσουν και το κοτόπουλο να πάρει ένα χρυσό χρώμα.
  2. Προσθέτουμε τα μπαχαρικά, το γάλα καρύδας και το νερό.
  3. Χαμηλώνουμε τη φωτιά και αφήνουμε να βράσει μέχρι η σάλτσα να αρχίσει να δένει λίγο. Εάν είναι πάρα πολύ αραιή απλά προσθέτουμε 1 κουταλάκι κορν φλάουρ διαλυμένο σε 1 κουταλάκι του νερού.
  4. Το σέρβιρα με ρύζι μπασμάτι αλλά και με απλό ρύζι πάλι καλό θα είναι!

Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Συνταγή προσαρμογή από το περιοδικό ‘Λιχουδιές’

 

70 Responses to Coconut Chicken

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  3. Namitha says:

    Coming from the land of coconuts, How can I not like this wonderful chicken with coconut :) and yes, as you said, this is a very mild version and coconut milk makes it creamy and delicious

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  5. I love learning about other cultures through food. And, then I end up adapting the food to my preferences. Your chicken looks great with the coconut milk and nuts!

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  7. Barbara says:

    Katerina, how fabulous is that?!! And I love your photos…such a pretty presentation of your recipe.

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  9. kyleen says:

    “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”

    What an inspiring quotation!

    I’m not a big fan of spicy food, but I love the coconut flavour going on. This chicken dish looks delicious.

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  11. Liz says:

    I LOVE the quote from your high school lit teacher…I must write it down. And this may be the curry for my hubby…he’s not too fond of anything to spicy or aromatic. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Sandra says:

    I love the sound of this recipe and your pictures are gorgeous. The smell of Indian food cooking is intoxicating!

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  15. Gourmantine says:

    What a beautiful post and tribute Katerina. This coconut chicken looks yummy!

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  17. ΕΛΕΝΗ says:

    Καλησπέρα και καλό μήνα Κατερίνα μου!!!Εξαιρετική συνταγή, καταπληκτική παρουσίαση!!!Τα υλικά ταιριάζουν απίστευτα!!!Νοστιμότατο φαίνεται!
    Πολλά πολλά φιλιά!!!

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  19. kiki says:

    Ταιριάζει πολύ η καρύδα με το κοτόπουλο!
    Χαμογελάω δε, γιατί πρόσφατα μου χάρισαν ουγγαρέζικη πάπρικα!

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  21. Ambreen says:

    Oh dear, that sounds so delicious & flavorful. Love how you presented it!

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  23. This chicken looks delicious! I love coconut!

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  25. Catherine says:

    Dear Katerina, your coconut chicken looks marvelous!! What a delicious recipe! Blessings for a beautiful weekend my dear, your friend, Catherine xoxo

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  27. Joanne says:

    I love all things Indian AND all things coconut! This looks great!

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  29. Eliot says:

    Katarina—

    Thanks for the recent comment. I was introduced to Tagore in college and loved his verse. I am also loving this recipe.

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  31. Kathy says:

    What a wonderful looking dish! I can’t eat very spicy food either. Love the addition of the coconut milk…sounds delicious!

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  33. Wow – this recipe looks amazing! I’m excited to give it a try. ;-)

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  35. Sissi says:

    Very wise words! I have noticed that people who see life this way are much happier.
    Your coconut chicken looks fantastic and I love your beautiful presentation. I also adore Indian cuisine and its richness of spices and what I appreciate (just like you said) is that leftovers are always at least as good as the fresh dish and usually better.
    Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m very happy to meet you and discover yours!

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  37. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Katrina,
    This is a beautiful post and a wonderful Coconut Chicken. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  39. Malli says:

    You have such nice colors on that coconut chicken and the spices sound fantastic!! Nice

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  41. what a delicious chicken dish! definitely bookmarking this to try soon!

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  43. Elaine says:

    I think I could entice my husband to eat Indian food with this recipe. It looks wonderful.

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  45. I love the flavors in this dish!! It must be delicious.

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  47. Rosella says:

    Your coconut chicken looks wonderful! Thank you for your comment on my blog – it is such fun knowing that we can connect from anywhere in the world with great food and friendships! Your blog is awesome!

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  49. I bet this tasted fantastic because it looks great!

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  51. Hi Katerina!

    oh cool coconut chicken, thats a nice dish to start into indian food culture. Your presentation is tempting me to make some right now.

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  53. Medeja says:

    Coconut chicken is the best chicken! Too bad my husband doesn’t think so.. :) I would have all just for myself :)

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  55. Your coconut chicken looks fabulous, so moist and I love that it’s not too spicy but still has all the wonderful flavor!

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  57. this is such a nice recipe for those who are new to indian cusine & find it fiery… the coocnut milk is perfect to tame down the spices & soothe it down :)

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  59. Kirsten says:

    Perfect! I’ve been craving coconut like crazy, so I can’t wait to try this dish.

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  61. Un plato perfecto sabroso y completo luce muy bello,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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  63. sally says:

    I love the presentation of this dish. You can’t go wrong with a good coconut curry!

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  65. Mary says:

    This looks delicious. I like the flavor combination.

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  67. Hannah says:

    That sauce looks so simple and delicious- I bet it would be great on any sort of protein and/or veggies! Curry just never gets boring.

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  69. April says:

    This one is a must try for me! Looks amazing!

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  71. The Chicken curry looks delicious and creamy. Cooking with coconut milk, definitely tones down the spice factor and gives the curry a creamy and rich flavour.

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  73. Katerina, I just love your food pictures. You do such a wonderful job of presenting your dishes, and this delicious curry is no exception.

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  75. Julie says:

    Beautiful pictures of a delicious dish!!

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  77. Julie M. says:

    Oh how I love Indian food. You can’t go wrong with curry and coconut milk. This one sounds like an absolute winner Katerina!

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  79. Faith says:

    What a beautiful dish! I love Indian food, especially the combination of coconut and curry — wonderful!

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  81. Nadji says:

    Un plat plein de saveurs. Il me plait.µA bientôt

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  83. Love the beautiful plating, Katerina! I’m pretty sure that this is one tasty chicken dish!

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  85. Mriam says:

    That sauce looks to-die-for!!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  87. Asmita says:

    Hi Katerina,
    Your coconut chicken looks superb! I love adding coconut to my gravies, just gives it such a creamy and rich flavor.

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  89. Ελένη says:

    Πωπωπωπωωπω… γεια στα χέρια σου! Φαίνεται τόσο λαχταριστό!!!!!!!
    Μπράβο!!!!!!!!!
    Καλησπέρα…

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  91. Pela says:

    Kalispera Katerinaki mou!! poly exotiki i syntagi sou! tha ti dokimaso sigoura!! filakia polla!!!!

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  93. Rita says:

    I love this recipe and have always wanted to make coconut chicken; I know this will be a hit. I have to be careful with curry; it can be powerful.
    Rita

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  95. Susan says:

    I have not delved much into the flavors of India myself. This sounds like a ‘gentle’ way to start :) Lovely presentation.

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  97. Kate says:

    I love Indian flavors

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  99. Corina says:

    India is such an interesting country and I’d love to visit one day. The food is one of my favourite cuisines and this sounds lovely, but of course for me I would up the curry powder!

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  101. Καλημέρα Κατερίνα!!
    Πάρα πολύ όμορφο πιάτο μας έχεις για σήμερα! Γάλα καρύδας δεν έχω δοκιμάσει ποτέ, δεν είχα καταφέρει να βρω στα Σ/Μ… τώρα που κατάφερα να βρω πήρα αρκετό για να ξεκινήσω τους πειραματισμούς μου, οπότε βάζω τη συνταγή σου στα προσεχώς!
    Πολύ ωραία χρώματα και εκπληκτική παρουσίαση, μπράβο σου!
    Φιλιά!

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  103. Ξανθή says:

    Καλημέρα Κατερίνα, θα προτείνω τη συνταγή σου στην κόρη που της αρέσει η καρύδα.

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  105. Zoe says:

    This chicken dish looks delicious with lots of exotic flavours! Yum!

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  107. bergamot says:

    The curry seems to have a nice color, looks really creamy and appetising. Nice twist to Indian curry.

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  109. Hi Katerina! I always love coconut flavors and this looks so delicious! Your presentation on the plate is beautiful. :-)

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  111. MayMoh says:

    Mmmm…..I love it. Curry is always my favourite. It goes so well with anything….rice, noodles, paratha or bread. In Malaysia, we always add coconut milk to curry. It gives awesome flavour. I see coconut milk in your recipe. I will surely like it. Will eat a big plate of rice….mmmm. Not too sure whether you know. Milk will help to neutralise the spiciness. So, have a cup of milk at the side. If it’s too spicy, just have a sip of milk. It helps :D

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  113. Claire says:

    I love these flavors, I will be trying this soon. Coconut and chicken go perfectly together.

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  115. Susan says:

    Yum! This looks & sounds wonderful. I love how aromatic Indian cuisine is. And, the quote is lovely.

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  117. Looks so good, I love the flavors in the coconut chicken!

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  119. muppy says:

    that coating looks amazing, you have done a great job. interesting flavours too with the paprika, yum.

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  121. julie says:

    What an interesting recipe,coconut chicken..happy that u adopted our culturein a beautiful recipe,yummilicious!!
    Cook in any recipe with Cilantro/Cumin as one of the main ingredients & rush it in my EP Series-Herbs n Spices
    Erivum Puliyum

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  123. karishma says:

    So glad to see an Indian recipe here, Katerina…I can feel and almost smell it…I liked best the way you presented it with flecks of green and red to offset the cream color of the chicken..very colorful…glad you found a recipe that suited your sensitive stomach too !

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  125. This does look like a version of curry that I could eat more often than the standard, heavy spicy curries out there. Also, I really like that you used almonds instead of cashews, a more healthier nut. Delicious meal here. Enjoy the day!

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  127. Cucina49 says:

    Oh Katerina, this looks amazing! That sauce is to die for.

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  129. This recipe looks fabulous!

    I also don’t eat hot foods, so I can’t cook many of the Indian, Chinese or Thai recipes. I sometimes make over recipes, and leave some spices out, and many recipes come out delicious!

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  131. These chicken bites look so tender!

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  133. Kiri W. says:

    Wow – this looks delicious! I am a huge coconut fan, so this seems like it would be a winner in my eyes.

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  135. Beth says:

    I’m glad you all enjoyed it! Good for you, for persevering and trying something that you could tolerate.

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  137. Marina says:

    Katerina, this chicken is so beautiful! I have the same issue with a spicy food, and I love it (the food).

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  139. gloria says:

    what nice and yummy look this chicken I love it!

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