30 Minute Meal

Basil Chicken with Coconut Cream Sauce

Basil Chicken with Coconut Cream Sauce - The Gingered Whisk
We seem to be on an Americanized-Ethic food kick at our house, trying all kinds of new dishes. We’ve been trying to shop mostly the perimeter of the grocery store, staying away from the majority of the center isles and the “processed foods”.
It is a wonder what it has done not only to our diets (lets ignore all the cookies we have been eating, though, ok?) as well as our food budget. I’ve been spending a lot more time focusing on our menu/budget for each week, trying to get the best meals while not spending all day in the kitchen or going broke. For instance, last week we spent $70 on groceries for the three of us (things like diapers, dog food and toilet paper are usually purchased at Wal-Mart)!
Now I call that awesome planning! If you need a refresher on how to plan meals and budget, you should check out How to Meal Plan Like A Boss!
Anywho, I loved this dish! This 30 Minute Basil Chicken with Coconut Cream Sauce is definitely going to make a reappearance in our house! The spices were awesome, and that creamy coconut-y sauce soaking in the rice – yum yum yum!
Try it, you’ll like it!
Tender chicken cooked in a lovely coconut cream sauce and topped with fresh basil! So amazing!!!

Basil Chicken

Basil Chicken with Coconut Cream Sauce

  • Author: Jenni
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Category: 30 Minute Meals
  • Method: Stovetop


1 Pound chicken breasts, cut into 1″ pieces

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cardamom

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp coriander

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp tumeric

1/4 tsp chili powder

1 TBSP olive oil

1/2 red onion, chopped

1 jalapeno, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 (14 ounces) can coconut milk

2 tsp cornstarch

3 TBSP fresh basil, chopped

1 TBSP fresh ginger, minced

Rice to serve (jasmine rice is especially nice)


In a small bowl, combine all of the seasonings.
Cut the chicken into pieces and combine with the seasonings (I only used about 2/3 of the seasoning mixture because I didn’t want it to be too spicy for Ladybug. You can always add more seasonings after you thicken the sauce if you feel it is called for) so the chicken is well coated.
Chop and mince the onion, garlic, jalapeño, basil and ginger.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat, with the olive oil.
Saute the onion, garlic, ginger and jalapeño for 2 minutes, or until they begin to soften. Remove from pan and set aside.
Cook the chicken until browned and done, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from pan (place with the onion mixture) and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and coconut milk until combined, and then pour it into the pan.
Simmer the coconut milk until it begins to thicken, stirring frequently.
When the sauce is thickened, add the chicken and onion mixture back to the pan and stir to combine.
Add the basil to the pan, stir to combine, and serve with rice!



    (slightly adapted from Baked Bree)

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  • Reply
    December 23, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    OMG..the more I scroll..the more my stomach growls. I love coconut with chicken and have a great recipe using lemongrass and goya cram of coconut (which I can eat with a spoon right out of the can) that said..this chicken looks phenomenal, Jenni!! I have to try it!

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    Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet
    May 9, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Whoa Jenni! This looks and sounds amazing. Totally making soon. 🙂

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