One Pot Sticky Coconut Rice & Chicken

Enjoy the easy and tasty One Pot Sticky Coconut Rice & Chicken, a meal that turns simple ingredients into a delicious dish.

There’s something deeply satisfying about a meal that combines simplicity with richness, turning everyday ingredients into something truly memorable and special. One such recipe is the One Pot Sticky Coconut Rice & Chicken. This dish is not only easy and straightforward but also bursts with flavor, making it a perfect option for both weeknight dinners and special occasions. Let’s dive into how you can create this mouthwatering meal for yourself and your family.

One pot meals have a unique charm, and I’ve loved them for years now. They are synonymous with convenience and minimal cleanup, making them ideal for busy lives. But more than that, cooking everything in a single pot allows the flavors to meld together beautifully, creating a flavor that’s hard to achieve otherwise.

Here’s what you’ll need to create this yumy dish:

  • Chicken Thighs or drumsticks: 4-6 pieces, depending on size. Dark meat is preferred for optimal juiciness, but breasts work well too.
  • Coconut Milk: 1 can (about 2 cups). This is the star of the show, providing a creamy base with a hint of sweetness.
  • Jasmine Rice: 2 cups. Its fragrance complements the coconut milk perfectly.
  • Garlic: 4 cloves, minced. For a robust base flavor.
  • Peppers: I like yellow sweet peppers and green sweet peppers for this one
  • Soy Sauce: 1 tbsp. For that umami kick.
  • Brown Sugar: 1 tbsp. This adds a subtle sweetness that balances the savory elements.
  • Butter: For added flavor to the rice
  • Chicken Broth: 2 cups. Enhances the richness of the rice.
  • Olive Oil: 2 tablespoons. For searing the chicken.
  • Salt, Pepper, Smoked Paprika, Italian Seasoning, Onion powder, Garlic Powder: To flavor the chicken.

Cooking Instructions

  1. Sear the Chicken:
    • Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
    • Season the chicken well, drizzle with olive oil, then sear on both sides until golden brown. Remove the chicken and set aside.
  2. Prepare the Aromatics:
    • In the same pot, add a bit more oil if needed and sauté the aromatics until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Combine Ingredients:
    • Add the jasmine rice to the pot and stir to coat with the aromatics mixture.
    • Pour in the coconut milk, chicken broth, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Stir to combine. Add in the butter!
    • Nestle the seared chicken pieces back into the pot, ensuring they are partially submerged in the liquid.
  4. Simmer and Cook:
    • Bring the mixture to a slight simmer then turn off the heat and remove from the stove.
    • Put in the oven covered and finish cooking for another 35-45 minutes on 375 degrees
  5. Remove from the oven and serve
Yield: 4 servings

One Pot Sticky Coconut Rice & Chicken

One Pot Sticky Coconut Rice & Chicken

Enjoy the easy and tasty One Pot Sticky Coconut Rice & Chicken, a meal that turns simple ingredients into a delicious dish.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • Chicken Thighs or drumsticks: 6-8 pieces
  • 1 can Coconut Milk
  • 2 cups Jasmine Rice
  • 1 tbsp mined garlic
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (1 tbsp for seasoning chicken, 1 tbsp for searing chicken)

To Season chicken

  • 1 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Sear the Chicken:

  • Heat vegetable oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  • Season the chicken well, drizzle with olive oil, then sear on both sides until golden brown.
  • Remove the chicken and set aside.

2. Prepare the Aromatics:

  • In the same pot, add a bit more oil if needed.
  • Sauté the aromatics until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.

3. Combine Ingredients:

  • Add the jasmine rice to the pot and stir to coat with the aromatics mixture.
  • Pour in the coconut milk, chicken broth, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Stir to combine.
  • Add in the butter.
  • Nestle the seared chicken pieces back into the pot, ensuring they are partially submerged in the liquid.

4. Simmer and Cook:

  • Bring the mixture to a slight simmer, then turn off the heat and remove from the stove.
  • Cover the pot and finish cooking in the oven at 375°F for another 35-45 minutes.

5. Serve:

  • Remove from the oven and serve.

Notes

Pls note this isn't a traditional super sweet sticky rice. The addition of the coconut milk and brown sugar gives subtle sweetness and you can omit the brown sugar all together to keep the flavor more mild. The stickiness is also just the rice clumping together a tiny bit from the coconut milk and broth and cooking method, not overly sticky! Just wanted to clarify incase you're a true sticky rice fan. This is suble.

Serving Suggestions

This One Pot Sticky Coconut Rice & Chicken is a meal in itself, but you can complement it with a simple side salad or steamed vegetables for added freshness. The sticky, fragrant rice pairs beautifully with the tender, flavorful chicken, making each bite a delightful experience.

What makes this dish truly special is how it elevates humble ingredients into something extraordinary. The creamy coconut milk, the sticky rice, and the perfectly cooked chicken come together to create a combination of flavors that’s both comforting and exotic. Plus, the convenience of one pot means you spend less time cleaning up and more time enjoying the meal with your loved ones.

So, next time you’re in the mood for something easy yet impressive, give this One Pot Sticky Coconut Rice & Chicken a try. Your taste buds will thank you!

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