The wonderful flavors of southern India--coconut milk, dried Thai chiles and coriander seed--provide a pleasant punch to a basic chicken breast. Although the ingredients look exotic, this is a deceptively easy dish you'll be proud to serve to guests. Feel free to use different cuts of chicken, bone-in or boneless; just adjust the cooking time accordingly. You can also grill the chicken. Source: EatingWell Magazine, Winter 2004

Raghavan Iyer


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  • Toast split peas, coriander seeds and chiles in a small skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan occasionally, until the split peas turn reddish-brown, the coriander becomes fragrant and the chiles blacken slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool for 3 to 5 minutes. Grind in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle until the mixture is the texture of finely ground pepper.

  • Combine coconut milk, ginger, garlic, cilantro, salt and the spice blend in a shallow glass dish. Add chicken and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

  • Preheat broiler. Coat a broiler-pan rack with cooking spray. Place the chicken (including marinade) on the rack over the broiler pan. Broil chicken 3 to 5 inches from the heat source until it is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 4 to 6 minutes per side.


Look for reduced-fat coconut milk (labeled “lite”) in the Asian section of your market.

Nutrition Facts

164 calories; 4.1 g total fat; 1.4 g saturated fat; 83 mg cholesterol; 348 mg sodium. 416 mg potassium; 4.1 g carbohydrates; 1.1 g fiber; 26.7 g protein; 77 IU vitamin a iu; 2 mg vitamin c; 11 mcg folate; 15 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 36 mg magnesium;

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Rating: 4 stars
So flavorful - wonderful recipe! I loved this recipe! It was easy and fantastic. I served it with Jasmine Rice and a chickpea/spinach side. I grilled it - which was just perfect. I think it would've been nice to serve it with plain Greek yogurt to help cool it down for some people. Pros: Juicy full of flavor just a bit spicy Cons: May be a little too spicy for some Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Too hot... The chicken turned out moist and picked up the flavors of the marinade mainly the garlic well. But the marinade was so hot neither my wife nor I could eat it. Watch the ingredients that produce heat.... Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I thought this was fabulous! I did pound the chicken so it was thinner. Next time I may double the marinade so I have more of a "sauce" to put on top. Read More