Saturday, October 3, 2015

Creamy Coconut Milk Chicken

There were many things we did in the old days to make a living. One of it, was selling coconuts. I used to help grandma gather coconuts for the middleman to collect. It was in my early teens that I started using the wooden coconut grater, the kind that had a seat, to remove the white flesh from old coconuts for cooking.

After grating enough, I would hold a handful between my palms and squeeze the coconut milk out. That was how we used to extract coconut milk in the old days. Using a cloth was unheard of.

Today, coconut milk can be conveniently found in cans and small cartons.

This is another simple recipe (I'm all for anything easy)  that busy people can turn to, if their short on cooking time.

Creamy Coconut Milk Chicken

Creamy Coconut Milk Chicken

- 400g chicken breast fillet (sliced)
- 1 large red onion (chopped)
- 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
- 1 red chilli (sliced)
- 4 green bird's eye chilli (sliced)
- 1 tbsp turmeric power (mix with a bit of water, into wet paste)
- ½ cup coconut milk
- ½ cup water
- ½ tsp sugar
- Salt to taste
- 3 tbsp cooking oil

Optional: canned button mushrooms (sliced)

1) Heat cooking oil in pan.
2) Saute onion and garlic for a minute.
3) Add turmeric paste, and stir-fry.
4) Add chicken slices (and mushrooms, if using) along with ¼ cup coconut milk. Mix well.
5) Then, add ½ cup water. Allow the water to come to a boil, and gently stir until all the chicken slices are cooked.
6) Toss in the red and green chilli. Season with sugar and pour in the remainder of the coconut milk.
7) Cook until the sauce thickens a little or until it's creamy. Finally, season with salt.

Best eaten with rice, garnished with fresh lettuce.

1) Ingredients. 2) Saute the onions and garlic. Then, add turmeric.
3) Add the chicken along with some coconut milk.
4) Mix to coat the chicken slices.
5) Add the remaining coconut milk. Cook until creamy.

Creamy Coconut Milk Chicken


PhotobucketThis post is linked to the event Little Thumbs Up (October 2015 : Coconut) organised by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen of My Little Favourite DIY, and hosted by Jess from Bakericious.

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  1. When I was young, I helped my grand uncle to grate the shredded coconut using those old old machine, miss those days lol. This dish looks nice, great to eat with white rice.

  2. yummy., Goes well with a plate of rice

  3. Somehow I've lost touch with you! And I've been missing so many good things. This looks delicious!

    1. I've only started blogging actively again last month, Abbe. Been busy! xo ^.^

  4. Looks delicious. I love that you used to help your grandmother sell coconuts. I remember my dad squeezing coconut milk out of shredded coconut

  5. I love adding coconut milk to my cooking! It makes the food real tasty. Btw, not sure if my comments in your spca post got thru cause I got an error msg..........Hope this one goes thru.

  6. What an experience to help your grandmother sell coconuts! I helped my grandmother clean her kampung chicken in the past too, it's such a fond memory to spend time with her! This coconut chicken looks simply delicious, all I need is just a bowl of rice to go with it!

    1. Thanks, Jasline! Oh yes, memorable experiences such as these are a treasure. :D

  7. Hi Sharon,

    Now that you mentioned... I remember how my grandma preparing coconut milk too. Squeeze squeeze squeeze... LOL!

    This creamy coconut milk chicken looks yummy! Good that these days we don't have to squeeze squeeze squeeze coconut milk to cook a delicious dish like this.


  8. I think I'll go for a second helping of rice with this dish!


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