Spicy Coconut Chicken Stew with Corn


This sweet and spicy coconut milk–based stew gets lots of bright flavor from spinach, basil, chiles and lime juice. Slideshow: More Stew Recipes 

Spicy Coconut Chicken Stew with Corn
Photo: Abby Hocking / Food & Wine
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced

  • 2 fresh Thai chiles, thinly sliced

  • One 15-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk

  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • 1 pound shredded rotisserie chicken (4 cups)

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (from 2 to 3 ears)

  • 3 cups spinach leaves

  • 1 cup basil leaves, plus more for serving


  1. In a large, deep skillet, heat the oil. Add the shallots and chiles and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the coconut milk, stock and lime juice and bring just to a simmer. Season the broth generously with salt and pepper. Stir in the chicken and corn and cook until hot, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the spinach and simmer until just wilted, then stir in the 1 cup of basil. Transfer to shallow bowls, garnish with basil and serve.

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