One-Pot Curry Chicken Thighs and Cilantro Rice


A dinner with tons of flavor that's on the table in 30 minutes? Yes, please!

Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 serves

In the case of this one-pot chicken recipe, you'll braise curry powder-spiced chicken thighs in a coconut- and cilantro-infused rice mixture. While this cooks, all that's left to do is make a quick peanut sauce that elevates everything it touches. It's a simple and tasty meal that doesn't create a lot of dishes, which is why this will likely become a go-to in your kitchen.


  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and patted dry

  • 2 tablespoons curry powder

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 1 small bunch fresh cilantro

  • 1 large shallot, sliced

  • 1 13.66-oz. can coconut milk, well shaken and stirred, divided

  • 1 cup jasmine rice, rinsed

  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

  • 4 teaspoons fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)

  • 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar

  • Sliced cucumber, for serving


  1. Heat 1½ tablespoons oil in a large, high-sided skillet with a lid over medium-high. Season chicken with curry powder and 1½ teaspoon salt. Cook half the chicken, flipping once until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining 1½ tablespoons oil and chicken.

  2. Chop cilantro stems to equal ¼ cup; set leaves aside. Return skillet to medium-high. Add cilantro stems and shallot; cook, stirring often, for 30 seconds. Stir in 1½ cups coconut milk, ¼ cup water, and remaining ½ teaspoon salt, scraping up any browned bits. Add rice and chicken; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed about 12 minutes. Remove from heat and let steam, covered, for 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, stir peanut butter, lime juice, tamari, sugar, and remaining ¼ cup coconut milk in a bowl. Drizzle sauce over rice and chicken; top with cilantro leaves. Serve with cucumber.

    One-Pot Asian Chicken and Rice
    Caitlin Bensel

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

547 Calories
34g Fat
30g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 547
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 44%
Cholesterol 139mg 46%
Sodium 952mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 32g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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