Thai-Style Coconut Chicken

This dish is one of my favorites! I created this after I did some experimenting in the kitchen and decided this recipe was a keeper when my husband said he loved it! This is a flavorful Thai stir-fry with a nice sauce and lots of colorful vegetables. I served this over spaghetti squash “noodles”, but you can serve this over any complex carbohydrate (brown rice, quinoa, whole grain noodles) to make a perfectly balanced meal.

The spices listed in this recipe are kind of guesstimates; I season to taste, so I don’t always keep track of how much spice/seasoning I use in the recipe. Feel free to experiment and play with the recipe a bit!

 

 

Thai-Style Coconut Chicken
Serves 6

Free of: dairy, eggs, yeast, nuts, soy, cane sugar, corn

1 teaspoon each sesame oil and coconut oil
5 medium carrots, peeled and sliced (1-1/2 cup sliced)
2 medium zucchini squash (@ 2 cups chopped)
1 red pepper, chopped ( @ 1 cup)
1 small onion, chopped
1-1/2 pounds chicken breast
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup coconut milk, canned
Juice of 1/2 lime (2 Tablespoons)
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tablespoons Asian fish sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
2 Tablespoons thickening starch (optional; you can use brown rice flour, arrowroot flour, tapioca flour, etc) *
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

 

  1. Heat the sesame oil and coconut oil a large skillet. Meanwhile, chop the carrots, zucchini, red pepper, and onion. Saute over medium heat until the vegetables start to get tender.
  2. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces and add to the skillet and cook until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender (not mushy).
  3. While the chicken is cooking, in a mixing bowl, combine the chicken stock, coconut milk, lime juice, garlic, fish sauce, ginger, pepper, mustard, red pepper flakes, and (if using) brown rice flour. Pour the sauce mixture into the skillet with the chicken and veggies. Heat through and cook until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes or so.
  4. Stir in the chopped cilantro and serve over spaghetti squash “noodles”. Enjoy!

 

* If you are grain free or don’t want to use a thickener, use arrowroot or skip the thickener and use less chicken stock to make it as thick or as thin as you like.

 

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