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Curry Chicken and Rice

Enjoy the savory flavors of coconut milk and curry in this easy, one-pan meal.

August 20, 2018

Chicken and rice cooked in one pan with coconut milk and curry is a super easy weeknight meal the family will love. 

Serves five to six people.


  • 1-and-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut in small dice
  • 1/2-teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup small broccoli florets
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • one 15-ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger, or 2 teaspoons ginger paste (found in the produce section)
  • 2 teaspoons Thai green curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons slivered fresh basil leaves


In a large skillet (12 to 14 inches) with a lid, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and crushed pepper flakes and saute for 2 to 3 minutes, until onion starts to become translucent. Add the chicken and cook for about 5 minutes, until it loses most of its pink color. 

Add an additional 1 tablespoon of oil, add the broccoli, then cook for about 2 minutes, until pieces turn bright green. Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, until fragrant.

Push chicken mixture to one side of the pan, add 1 tablespoon olive oil if needed, then add curry powder, coriander and the rice. Saute for about 1 minute to infuse the rice with flavor. 

Add the coconut milk, chicken broth and salt. Stir to blend.

Cover pan and reduce heat to a simmer. Leave pan on low and cook for 15 minutes. Stir in peas, ginger and curry paste. Cover and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until rice is tender. Taste and adjust seasoning, sprinkle basil over the top and serve.

Cook’s note: Mix and match veggies or sub tofu for the chicken. This recipe may be doubled. Leftovers are excellent! 


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