One Pot Coconut Chicken and Rice

5 from 9 votes

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One Pot Coconut Chicken and Rice  is the best weeknight meal because it is tasty, simple and it’s a cinch to clean up!

Anytime I can make dinner in ONE pan, I am sold. Sometimes you just need a recipe that is easy and delicious. For this recipe, you simply add all of the ingredients and bake. Can it get easier than that? Makes busy nights so much more manageable. 

iron pot of rice with lime wedges and green onions garnished on top
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One Pot Coconut Chicken and Rice

I love Thai food and this recipe reminds me why. Coconut is one of my favorite ingredients and it is often used in Thai dishes. It has a subtle sweet flavor that I just crave. Coconut milk and shredded coconut is the real MVP of this one pot meal but when you add ginger and cilantro the flavors really come alive. 

For this recipe I like to use chicken thighs. They are usually cheaper than chicken breast and so tender when you cook them. You could use chicken breast but this recipe just goes next level when you use chicken thighs. 

top view of a plate with green beans on the side garnished in chives

Ingredients in Coconut Chicken and Rice:

  • Chicken: using boneless skinless chicken thighs here is amazing, they cook up like a dream and are full of flavor.
  • Rice: you can use any white rice you’d like for this recipe, I like jasmine rice and any long grain rice will work great.
  • Coconut: coconut milk AND shredded coconut add flavor to this dish
  • Onion and fresh ginger: these two are adding tons of flavor to the dish.
  • Green onion, cilantro, and lime juice: these aren’t just garnishes, they are adding all kind of complex flavor at the end of cooking, don’t skip them.

What do I serve with Coconut Chicken and Rice?

This meal can completely stand alone if you want, but I like to add a side of vegetables too. Either a green salad, broccoli or green beans would compliment this dish perfectly. And everything is good with some fresh baguettes, highly recommend that.

spoonful of rice over a white cast iron pot and a delicious looking green onion and lime with coconut rice dish

Frequently Asked Questions:

What rice is your favorite to cook with?

I really like using Jasmine rice when I cook. It is slightly sweet and accompanies many dishes well. Any white rice will work for this recipe, long grain is preferred.

What is meant by one pot meal?

A one pot meal means that everything is cooked in 1 pot or pan. It makes it easy to cook and clean up. We need more one pot meals in our life. 

Can you cook raw chicken and rice together?

Yes and I love it because the cooking chicken releases some moisture and those juices get absorbed by the rice. It’s part of what makes the dish so delicious.

4 photo collage all looking into a dutch oven at various stages of cooking the dish including searing chicken, cooking onions and garlic, adding broth, and cooked rice

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iron pot of rice with lime wedges and green onions garnished on top
5 from 9 votes

One Pot Coconut Chicken and Rice

This One Pot Coconut Chicken and Rice Recipe is the perfect quick and easy weeknight meal for your family! It's flavorful, delicious, and it makes for easy clean up!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, , patted dry
  • 1 medium onion,, diced or grated
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger,, peeled and minced
  • 1 15oz can coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups rice,, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, finely shredded coconut
  • 2 green onions,, diced
  • 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil


  • Heat a drizzle of olive oil in an oven-safe Dutch oven or pan.
  • Heat the Dutch oven to medium to medium-high heat.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper over chicken.
  • When the oil in the pan is hot brown the chicken in the oil for 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from the pan and set on a plate.
  • Add the onion and ginger to the pan. Heat until tender and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Pour coconut milk and broth into the pan and stir to scrape up any browned bits.
  • Add rice and stir to coat.
  • Nestle the chicken into the rice mixture and sprinkle with coconut.
  • Add a tight fitting lit to the pan.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or till rice is tender and chicken is cooked through.
  • Sprinkle green onions and cilantro over all the rice and chicken, and then squeeze lime juice over everything.
  • Serve right away.


  • Delicious served with broccoli or green beans.


Calories: 685kcal, Carbohydrates: 68g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 26g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.02g, Cholesterol: 109mg, Sodium: 451mg, Potassium: 739mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 106IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 75mg, Iron: 5mg
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There is something real tasty about One Pot Coconut Chicken and Rice. Quick, easy and delicious. You really gotta give this one a shot! It will be a meal that you will put on repeat.

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  1. 5 stars
    Wait, does jasmine rice work for or against the flavors in this dish? In the main post it’s recommended, but here it says to avoid it and just use long grain white rice.

    1. I love jasmine rice in this but any white rice (long grain preferred) will work. I’m not sure where it says not to use it, I reread what I wrote an can’t ever find it… sorry about the confusion.

  2. 5 stars
    My family loves this dish. It really is very simple. I also love to take it to families who are gluten free, dairy free and egg free.