Coconut Tandoori Chicken With Rice

Helloooooo, only five ingredients. I like you.

Well, seven including olive oil and a garnish, but who counts those anyway? Not me. Not I. Not me. Not me! I won’t grow up, I won’t grow up. I don’t wanna wear a tie (I don’t wanna wear a tie), and a serious expression (and a serious expression) in the middle of July. Um, Peter Pan pretty much ruled my entire face on Friday night. You guys, Cathy Rigby is 59 years old. FIFTY NINE. Home girl was cartwheeling and flying and jumping all up on things and doing the splits and flips and dipperty dips. I’m going to practice her moves later today in my living room. I’ll be sure and report back on how many broken bones, skin abrasions and bruised souls doth result in my practice.

So guess what happens when you get a gorgeous sear on chicken thighs in a cast iron skillet?

Baby kittens meow in perfect harmony.

And guess what happens with you combine silky coconut milk with knock-you-in-the-nostrils aromatic tandoori paste?

New blades of grass rise in a lush blanket of dewy green glory.


And guess what happens when you nestle the seared chicken thighs back in the succulent, bubbly, coconuty sauce?

Infant fawns perform Mozart’s concertos on mini harps in the open fields and meadows.

And guess what happens when you stir in freshly chopped kale and let it simmer and stew?

Facial skin tightens, eye lashes grow 13 inches and your home mortgage pays itself.


And guess what happens when you’re in public and you’re minding your own business and you accidentally step on a crunchy locust on the sidewalk in front of 25 people?



Five ingredients, your mouth, true love and stomach babies forever.


Coconut Tandoori Chicken with Rice:

What it took for 2-3:

* 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat
* 1 1/2 Tbs. Tandoori paste (or more if you love the spice!)
* 1 (13.5 oz) can coconut milk
* 3 cups chopped kale
* 1/2 cup white jasmine rice
* fresh mint or cilantro for garnish

Cook the rice in a rice cooker or your favorite stove top method.

In a medium cast iron skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the chicken thighs and sear on both sides until browned, about 6 minutes. They are not going to be cooked all the way through, but that’s okay. Remove from skillet and set aside.

Back in the skillet, add the tandoori paste and bloom 30 seconds. Add the coconut milk and whisk until combined. Add the chicken thighs back to the skillet and nestle them in. Add the chopped kale and stir to combine. Cover and simmer on medium until the chicken has cooked through, 10 more minutes.

Serve a couple of thighs over a small mound of rice. Garnish with mint or cilantro.


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40 Responses to Coconut Tandoori Chicken With Rice

  1. marla July 30, 2012 at 9:01 am #
    You thrill me. As does this chicken.
  2. Beverley July 30, 2012 at 9:01 am #
    I love this and still can't believe it is only with 5 kind of cooking thank you xoxo
  3. Megan @ Country Cleaver July 30, 2012 at 9:17 am #
    I would happily have this stomach baby.
  4. kelley July 30, 2012 at 9:17 am #
    Two of my favorite ingredients: kale and coconut milk. We could all use more 5 ingredient meals in our arsenal. Thanks for sharing!
  5. Notyet100 July 30, 2012 at 9:24 am #
    Umm delicious I am bookmarking this,,,
  6. claire @ the realistic nutritionist July 30, 2012 at 9:27 am #
    Those are the best kinda meals.
  7. Tony July 30, 2012 at 9:40 am #
  8. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction July 30, 2012 at 9:53 am #
    YUM! I love how this has only 5 ingredients!
  9. Jen @ Savory Simple July 30, 2012 at 9:56 am #
    My kinda meal!
  10. DessertForTwo July 30, 2012 at 10:00 am #
    I'm so stirring kale into everything! Pay my mortgage & make me pretty, baby! ;)
  11. Deborah July 30, 2012 at 10:03 am #
    Now that is a gorgeous plate of chicken!!
  12. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective July 30, 2012 at 10:54 am #
    I love it when simple meals look complicated!
  13. Julie @ Table for Two July 30, 2012 at 10:54 am #
    i love coconut milk! i could drink it..i could also drink all the sauce you made for this chicken. looks amazing, bev!
  14. Heather @ Heather's Dish July 30, 2012 at 10:55 am #
    13-inch eyelashes and a self-paying mortgage are pretty much my life goals :) consider this made!
  15. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious July 30, 2012 at 11:08 am #
    Oooh just look at that creaminess! Yum!
  16. Cassie July 30, 2012 at 11:37 am #
    I'm not such a fan of coconut milk but I adore tandoori, loving this!
  17. Barbara | Creative Culinary July 30, 2012 at 11:47 am #
    A local blogger friend of mine is Indian. She brought me some tandoori chicken last week. Her mild version. Let's just say I think I need to go with your version. Wow that sucker was hot; I mean I expected heat but her lips are quite obviously tougher than mine. Besides I need to find more uses for basmati rice. That bag of rice from Costco would literally serve an army and I need to be using it way more often! Great looking dish Bev.
  18. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts July 30, 2012 at 12:33 pm #
    I am in love! All I need is chicken thighs and this will be on my table.
  19. Cookbook Queen July 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm #
    I love it when kittens meow in perfect harmony. This looks delish!!
  20. Averie @ Averie Cooks July 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm #
    coconut anything - big yes please!
  21. Ashley July 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm #
    I'm obsessed with coconut these days - this looks wonderful!!
  22. Rina@Itheecook July 30, 2012 at 1:36 pm #
    I love anything coconut. I also love Tandoori Chicken! I will have to give this version a try.
  23. Christina July 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm #
    I like to use the boneless, skinless chicken thighs. All the sighs and none of the work!
  24. Katie @ Blonde Ambition July 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm #
    Gahhhh I love making Indian dishes with a coconut milk base. Also love - the addition of kale. For health, right?
  25. Nutmeg Nanny July 30, 2012 at 8:20 pm #
    Yes! I will eat this...happily. Day after day after day.....
  26. Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana July 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm #
    This looks amazing and so comforting!! Where do you get the tandoori paste from?
    • Bev Weidner July 30, 2012 at 10:30 pm #
      Ya know, I found mine at this little store called The Better Cheddar, but I thiiiiink it's local. Try Whole Foods or your Asian markets. I hope you're able to find some!
  27. Jamie July 30, 2012 at 9:23 pm #
    I wanted to make this for dinner tonight...went to two grocery stores looking for Tandoori Paste and was not successful in finding it. Can you tell me where to buy it?
    • Bev Weidner July 30, 2012 at 10:29 pm #
      I actually found mine at the Better Cheddar! Which, I think is local. I think. But I know Whole Foods probably has it, and definitely your Asian markets. I hope you can find it!
  28. carrian July 30, 2012 at 9:29 pm #
    That is beautiful and it uses one of my favorites, Coconut milk!!
  29. sarah July 30, 2012 at 9:43 pm #
    Yum! I was just making my weekly dinner schedule [two days late, mind you], and I think I'll just go ahead and add this on it.
  30. Kathy Steger July 30, 2012 at 10:52 pm #
    I was looking for something new to cook tomorrow. Will be trying this out. Thank you for posting :)
  31. shelly (cookies and cups) July 31, 2012 at 6:19 am #
    I'm gonna make this and watch Peter Pan, but not try cartwheels, because, you know...
  32. Liz August 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm #
    Bev, This was amazing! I simmered it on low for an hour or so though while we ran to the bar for a quick drink. So tender! We have 2 thighs and a ton of sauce and some kale leftover, I think I will add some shrimp for the perfect round 2 meal!
  33. Joelle (on a pink typewriter) August 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm #
    This sounds so yummy! And only 5 ingredients? Sign me the heck up.
  34. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids August 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm #
    Oh my yumminess! This looks amazing, Bev!
  35. Katie August 11, 2012 at 9:10 pm #
    Looks delicious. Definitely going to have to try especially since it requires so few ingredients. -KH
  36. Clare September 25, 2012 at 11:30 am #
    This is so quick and easy and so delicious! this is a keeper! Thanks!
  37. Lucy July 22, 2016 at 1:32 pm #
    Hi, I found your recipe online and made this for dinner tonight, with sliced green beans substituted for the Kale. It was delicious, many thanks for the recipe!


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