Basil Chicken Curry with Coconut Rice


 Quick Chicken Recipes

Basil Chicken Curry with Coconut Rice
Photo: © James Baigrie
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 1/2 cups basmati rice

  • 2 1/4 cups water

  • 1 teaspoon canola oil

  • Salt

  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 3-by-1/2-inch strips

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • One 14-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk

  • 1 cup chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Thai green curry paste

  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped basil leaves

  • 3 tablespoons minced cilantro

  • 3 scallions, white and light green parts only, cut into 2-inch lengths

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 1/2 cup chopped dry-roasted peanuts

  • Sliced avocado and mango, for serving


  1. In a saucepan, bring the rice, water, canola oil and a pinch of salt to a boil; cover. Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, toast the coconut over moderately low heat, stirring, until golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and let cool.

  3. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add 1 tablespoon of the ginger and cook over moderately high heat until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the chicken, season with salt and pepper and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

  4. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet. Add the onion and the remaining 1 tablespoon of ginger; cook over moderate heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the coconut milk, stock and curry paste and bring to a boil, stirring. Simmer the sauce for 5 minutes, until thickened. Add the chicken, 1/3 cup of the basil, 2 tablespoons of the cilantro and the scallions; simmer until the chicken is cooked through, 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  5. Transfer the rice to a bowl; sprinkle with the coconut. Transfer the chicken to another bowl. Garnish with the remaining 2 tablespoons of basil, 1 tablespoon of cilantro and the peanuts. Serve the avocado and mango on the side.

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