Curry Chicken with Cilantro Lime Sauce

Turmeric combined with red curry powder makes a plain breast of chicken anything but.
Body+Soul, January/February 2009
  • Yield Serves 4
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  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red curry powder
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 packed cups cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated peeled ginger
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup basmati rice


  1. Sprinkle chicken with curry powder, season with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-low. Add chicken and cook until golden and opaque throughout, 30 to 35 minutes, turning once.

  2. In a blender, combine 1 tablespoon oil, cilantro, ginger, lime juice, vinegar, sugar, and 3 tablespoons water. Puree until smooth; set aside.

  3. In a medium saucepan, heat remaining teaspoon oil over medium. Add shallot and turmeric; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until shallot begins to soften, 1 to 2 minutes. Add coconut milk and 1 cup water; bring to a boil. Stir in rice; return to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook just until rice is tender, 12 to 14 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork just before serving. Serve rice topped with chicken and drizzled with sauce.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (4)

  • 14 Mar, 2012

    Used Trader Joe's curry powder. Tossed in some sweet onions for the last 10-15 minutes of cooking with the chicken. Also used onion, finely diced, for the rice. Really excellent results on all accounts!

  • 17 Nov, 2009

    Shallot is in the ingredient list. 1 shallot. Red Curry Powder should be either in the spice aisle of your grocery store - or in the "ethnic" food section of said grocer.

  • 9 Oct, 2009

    What is red curry powder? Is it Thai or Indian curry powder?

  • 6 Oct, 2009

    Shallot is not in the list of ingredients, but is in step 3...how much shallot??