Ginger-Coconut Chicken

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The wonderful flavors of southern India - coconut milk, dried Thai chiles and coriander seed - provide a pleasant punch to a basic chicken breast. Although the ingredients look exotic, this is a deceptively easy dish you'll be proud to serve to guests. Feel free to use different cuts of chicken, bone-in or boneless; just adjust the cooking time accordingly. You can also grill the chicken.

Ginger-Coconut Chicken
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved
Ingredients
  • Total Time: 50 minutes (including marinating time)

  • 1 tablespoon yellow split peas

  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds

  • 1-2 dried red chiles, such as Thai, cayenne or chiles de arbol

  • 1/4 cup “lite” coconut milk, (see Ingredient note)

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

  • 4 medium cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, (1-1 1/4 pounds total), trimmed

Directions
  1. The chicken can be marinated (Steps 1-2) overnight.

  2. 4 servings

  3. Toast split peas, coriander seeds and chiles in a small skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan occasionally, until the split peas turn reddish-brown, the coriander becomes fragrant and the chiles blacken slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool for 3 to 5 minutes. Grind in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle until the mixture is the texture of finely ground pepper.

  4. Combine coconut milk, ginger, garlic, cilantro, salt and the spice blend in a shallow glass dish. Add chicken and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

  5. Preheat broiler. Coat a broiler-pan rack with cooking spray. Place the chicken (including marinade) on the rack over the broiler pan. Broil chicken 3 to 5 inches from the heat source until it is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 4 to 6 minutes per side.


Nutritional Facts

Servings
4
Per serving
Calories
152
Carbohydrates
4g
Fat
3g
Saturated Fat
1g
Monounsaturated Fat
0g
Protein
27g
Cholesterol
66mg
Dietary Fiber
1g
Potassium
327mg
Sodium
371mg
Added Sugars
0g
Exchanges
3 1/2 very lean protein
1/2 fat
Carbohydrate Servings
0
Potassium (16% daily value).

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