Thai Chicken with Lime and Coconut

It’s hard to credit that a recipe as simple and as quick as this could taste so good, but I can assure you it’s an absolute winner — even if you don’t have time for the marinade.

Serves 2

Adapted from Delia’s Complete How to Cook

Thai Chicken with Lime and Coconut
 400g Chicken breast chunks
 Grated zest and juice of 2 limes
 160ml Creamed coconut
 1 dessertspoon groundnut oil
 1 Green Chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
 ¾ tablespoon Nam Pla fish sauce
 20g pack fresh coriander, stalks removed
 4 spring onions, cut into 2.5cm shreds, including the green parts
To serve
 Rice, measured up to the 150ml level in a measuring jug
 pinch of salt

You will need a small frying pan with a lid for the rice and a sauté pan (or a wok) for the stir-fry.


First of all, cut any larger pieces of chicken in half so that they are bite size, and place them in a bowl with the lime juice and zest. Stir well and leave them to marinate for at least an hour but longer if you have time.

About half an hour before you want to eat, tip the rice into the small frying pan and place it over a medium heat.

Add 300ml boiling water, along with the salt, stir once only, then cover with the lid. Turn the heat to its very lowest setting and let the rice cook gently for exactly 10 minutes.

Then tilt the pan to check that no liquid is left; if there is, pop it back on the heat for another minute.

When there is no water left in the pan, take the pan off the heat, remove the lid and cover with a clean tea cloth for 10 minutes before serving.

Meanwhile, drain the chicken in a sieve, reserving the marinade, then heat the oil in the sauté pan or a wok over a high heat, add the chicken pieces and stir-fry for 3 minutes, until they’re golden.

Then add the chilli, stir-fry for 1 more minute, and add the lime marinade, coconut cream, fish sauce and half the coriander and spring onions.

Cook for another 1–2 minutes, then serve spooned over the rice with the remaining coriander and spring onions sprinkled over.

Nutrition 722kcals/69.6g carbohydrate/4.2g sugars/24.3g fat/15.7g saturated fat/1.5g salt per serving

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