Turmeric Chicken with Coconut Wild Rice

I swear I could put lime and cilantro on everything ever.



You poor thing!

I put it on tacos, in soups, on stir fries, my hair. Oh wait, that’s supposed to be lemon. Or is it lime? Ohhhhh ew, this explains a lot right now.

I’ll. . . be right back.


All righty! Now that my brand new Vegas Cher wig is in place, I can continue with this post about turmeric chicken and coconut wild rice.

Have you ever cooked rice directly IN the coconut milk? Doitdoitdoitdoit. It’s not over the top coconuty at all. It’s just this sweet subtle hint of a tropical island with tan dudes in grass skirts playing ukuleles and singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow in that really soft voice that was so popular a few years ago as they pour pina coladas into your mouth but they make sure not to get that little umbrella thing stuck in your throat because you’d start to choke horribly and your Vegas Cher wig might fall off and expose your lime hair. It’s exactly like that. It’s wonderful.

And I don’t even have to tell you about the beauty and wonder of adding wilted spinach to it. I just might rightly crumble.

And if you’re looking at that chicken wondering why it’s neon and glowing, that is because it possesses the medicinal magic of turmeric. It’s like chicken that ran away with the circus! Sort of.


And then there it is. Sitting all perty like on the plate, garnished with lime and cilantro. Garnished with love and energy. Garnished with wisdom and intelligence. Garnished with puppies and kittens!

Okay maybe not that.

Birds fly over the rainbow, you guys. Why, oh why, can’t I?


P.S. Dun fugget to enter my chocolate giveaway, FTW.

Turmeric Chicken with Coconut Wild Rice:

What it took for 4:
* 1 cup black wild rice
* 1 (14.5 oz) can coconut milk
* 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 6 cups baby spinach
* 1 Tbs. ground turmeric
* 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/2 tsp coarse salt
* pinch of freshly ground pepper
* 2 chicken breasts, sliced in half and pounded out thinly
* 1 lime
* cilantro for garnish

In a rice cooker, cook the rice in the coconut milk until it’s done.

In the meantime, heat 1 Tbs. oil in a medium skillet and add the spinach. Cook until wilted, 2 minutes. Add the spinach to the cooked rice, along with a pinch of salt and pepper.

In a shallow dish, combine the flour, turmeric, a pinch of salt and pepper. Lightly dredge the tenderized chicken through the flour mixture. Heat the remaining oil back in the skillet and add the chicken. Sear on both sides until browned and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Squeeze half  of the lime juice on top of the seared chicken.

Remove from heat.

Serve chicken over a bed of wild rice and garnish with a few cilantro sprigs and another good lime spritz. DUH.

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25 Responses to Turmeric Chicken with Coconut Wild Rice

  1. Heather (Heather's Dish) February 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm #
    Coconut rice has me dreamin of island vacay...mmmmmmm :)
  2. Winnie February 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm #
    This looks so yummers! I'm with you- I could put lime and cilantro on everything, too...oh, and coconut milk? I'm completely obsessed.
  3. Julie @ Table for Two February 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm #
    yum!! this looks really good. I could never put cilantro on everything..in fact, i don't put it on anything cause i hate cilantro (hehe good thing it's only a garnis here!) but i love you and i love lime so this is still delicious sounding :) i could chug that coconut milk that you added in this..yummmmmmm!
  4. Cassie February 23, 2012 at 3:41 pm #
    Cilantro + lime for everything = YES!
  5. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. February 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm #
    omg this is fantastic! Hope you're well!!
  6. Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables February 23, 2012 at 3:51 pm #
    rice cooked in coconut is definitely amazing. And I LOVE that you garnish everything with lime and cilantro. People who don't like cilantro seriously annoy me.
  7. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 23, 2012 at 4:03 pm #
    This is wonderful...I love turmeric and wild rice and coconut milk...all those flavors and textures are fabulous...YUM on this one, Bev!
  8. Katie February 23, 2012 at 4:10 pm #
    Puppies and kitties AND rainbows?! I need to come to your house, or make this for myself immediately.
  9. jenjenk February 23, 2012 at 4:16 pm #
    you had me at coconut. or maybe it was tumeric. whatever. this sounds delicious!!
  10. Deanna B. February 23, 2012 at 5:38 pm #
    The last time I tried cooking rice in just coconut milk it turned into rice pudding. I could not get it to be fluffy. So I just added sugar and ate it for dessert.
  11. Cookie and Kate February 23, 2012 at 6:03 pm #
    I'm all on board with cilantro and lime! More, please. Coconut rice has been on my must-try list for a while now. I think it's time.
  12. Kalyn February 23, 2012 at 6:08 pm #
    I am completely with you on the lime and cilantro! Love all the flavors in this.
  13. kelley February 23, 2012 at 8:03 pm #
    You and me both! Cilantro makes anything and everything better! I am totally rice challenged. The only way I can pull it off is jasmine rice cooked in coconut milk. It's a staple around here.
  14. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray February 23, 2012 at 8:09 pm #
    Get outttt of here. I can't even handle turmeric-swaddled chicken. And wild rice too? Faaabulous.
  15. Em (Wine and Butter) February 23, 2012 at 9:24 pm #
    Waaaaaaaaaaay delicious... !!
  16. Margarita February 23, 2012 at 10:34 pm #
    I have had rice cooked in coconut milk before, but never done it at home. You convinced me to do it, so yes ma'am. Doing it! This looks awesome!
  17. Jenny February 24, 2012 at 12:52 am #
    Everything yum, cept the Cilantro. Icky, sour, petweee, blek blek.... ;) I need to try the rice/coconut milk idea soon. I even have a can of it in my pantry right now.
  18. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids February 24, 2012 at 3:18 pm #
    This looks fantastic. So many delicious flavors combined into one fantastic meal. Yummy!
  19. Deborah February 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm #
    I'll take lime and cilantro on everything! And I'll take some of this chicken. And the rice. Yum!
  20. Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} February 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm #
    i'm not a big cilantro fan but I'll take lots of lime and rice cooked in coconut milk! that's good stuff!
  21. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com February 25, 2012 at 3:23 am #
    Delish! In Malaysian cuisine, we use coconut milk in everything, rice as well :)
  22. Vicky February 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm #
    Cooking wild rice in coconut milk? Sounds intriguing!
  23. Jocelyn June 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm #
    Do you have instructions for cooking the rice without a rice cooker? I've never used black wild rice before, although I have cooked jasmine rice in coconut milk. Thanks!
    • Bev Weidner June 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm #
      I do! I say 1 part rice to 2 parts water. Put both in a pot at the same time, bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. It being black rice you'll probably need more time, like 30. If you need to add some water, go right ahead! I hope this helps. Let me know how it turns out!


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