Coconut Chicken with Sticky Rice 2

Coconut Chicken and Sticky Rice

Coconut Chicken and Sticky Rice – Adapted from Kay Chun Today, we are making Coconut Chicken with Sticky Rice. Lots of flavors, and everything cooks in one pot. 

Coconut Chicken and Sticky Rice

This chicken recipe features tasty coconut rice with ginger, garlic, and scallion, and is topped with roasted cashews and cilantro. The cashews soften as the rice steams, adding some nuttiness to the dish.

Chicken thighs absorb the coconut milk as they cook, which keeps the meat tender and juicy. Fresh chopped cilantro brightens the dish, to balance the creamy and rich rice.

Should I buy sweetened or unsweetened coconut milk?

Although coconut milk contains a hint of natural sweetness, most chefs say it is best bought unsweetened. If you’re making a dessert or drink on the sweet side, you can always add your own sugar. But you can’t take sugar out of a product it’s already mixed into.

Unsweetened Coconut Milk
Unsweetened Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is very versatile.  It can be used in both sweet and savory recipes. In mostly dairy-free Thai cuisine, it adds creaminess and fat to many dishes. Thai sauces and dressings, curries and stews, puddings, and dessert soups. Coconut milk can work with a lot of different spices and complexities of flavor.

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Coconut Chicken with Sticky Rice

Coconut Chicken with Sticky Rice

Today, we are making Coconut Chicken with Sticky Rice. Lots of flavors, and everything cooks in one pot.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Chicken, Coconut Milk, Sticky Rice
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 300kcal


  • Dutch Oven or oven proof casserole pan


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut in half
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp ginger chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 ½ cups white rice
  • 1 ¾ cups chicken broth
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • ½ cup roasted cashews coarsely chopped
  • 3 scallions sliced
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro


  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cut chicken into 1" pieces
    Thighs cut up
  • Rub chicken with 1 tbsp of oil,
  • Season chicken with salt & pepper
  • In a large Dutch oven, heat 2 tbsp of the oil over med heat.
    Boneless Thighs cooking
  • Working in batches, brown chicken, turning halfway, about 5 minutes per batch.
  • Transfer chicken to a plate.
  • Add the remaining 1 tbsp oil, ginger and garlic to the pot, and stir until fragrant, 30 seconds.
  • Add rice and stir until evenly coated in the oil.
    Adding Rice to the aromatics
  • Add broth, coconut milk, bell pepper, cashews, scallions and salt & pepper
    Coconut Milk
  • Stir to get any browned bits on the bottom of the pot.
  • Arrange chicken on top, with juices from the plate and bring to a boil over high.
  • Cover and bake in oven until the liquid is absorbed, rice is tender and chicken is cooked through, 25 minutes.
    Coconut Chicken
  • Scatter cilantro over the chicken and rice, then divide among bowls.
    Coconut Chicken with Sticky Rice



Serving: 0.8cup | Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 530mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1586IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 425mg | Iron: 4mg
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9 thoughts on “Coconut Chicken and Sticky Rice”

  1. 5 stars
    Ever since we went to Colombia, I’ve made coconut rice. i even made it as part of a Thanksgiving spread one year! It’s so good. But I’ve never included chicken. Great recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    This is one of my go-to meals. I’ve never added cashews but can see that that would really up the game. Thanks for the idea! I won’t tell anyone it came from you.

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