Chicken Braised in Coconut Milk

Last week, Faith over at the kitchn posted a recipe for a chicken roasted in milk and lemon. I knew immediately that I had to try this one, and Sunday was the perfect lazy, rainy day for a chicken. I switched it up a little by using coconut milk, which gave it a nice subtle coconut flavor.

This is by far the moistest chicken I’ve ever had. The bones literally fell right out when we tried to take it out of the pot! Which was nice, because it meant we got every scrap of meat that was to be had… since the chicken was only $4 to begin with (it would have been even cheaper, but I went with a natural/humanely raised/vegetarian fed bird) this meal was super cheap. I want to say we’ll get at least 6 meals out of this.I served it originally with multigrain pilaf and sauteed spinach and then had leftovers on top of a salad with feta, kalamata olives, diced cucumber, and Newman’s Own light cesear.

  • 3.5 pound chicken
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • palmful dried sage
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 6 cloves garlic (skins left on)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/2 can water

Preheat oven to 375. Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a pot just large enough to hold your chicken, heat butter and oil. Add chicken, and brown on all sides (if you plan to eat the skin relly cook it and get it nice and crispy; if you don’t eat the skin just brown it a little for flavor). Remove chicken from pan and discard the leftover oils. Put chicken back into the pot along with the rest of your ingredients. Place a lid on the pot and put the whole thing in the oven for 90 minutes, basting occassionally. Remove chicken from pot and let sit for a few minutes. Serve with the cooking liquids spooned over top.


Have I ever mentioned that my dog’s favorite toy is his stuffed lobster? He’s pretty spoiled when it comes to dog food too- he definitely has his favorite flavors! How cute??


  1. He’s so cute!!!!!

    That sounds good with the coconut milk – for some reason cooking it in regular milk kind of turns me off (plus, DBF couldn’t eat it then, I think coconut milk would be OK).

    Do you think it would work with boneless chicken breasts?

  2. Moist you say, eh? I’ve got to try this for myself. Btw…your dog sure knows how to pick good seafood. =)

  3. That second picture KILLS me! too cute!!

  4. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says:

    Yum – the chicken sounds so good in coconut milk! I actually wanted to do something similar today with my chicken thighs but I didn’t have any coconut milk! Must put it on my shopping list.

  5. I always learn something new here. Never heard that coconut milk is used in a chicken dish. But sounds great!

  6. That dog is ADORABLE! Period!

  7. Sage and coconut milk sounds like a really interesting flavor combination. I’ll have to try this. Cute doggie :)

  8. A stuffed lobster for a toy. Way too cute! Uhhh, does your cute pooch prefer the lobster with drawn butter or mayo? ;)

  9. What an interesting chicken dish! I love the combined flavours!! What a cute dog you have got!! A toy lobster!! haha!

  10. Your dog is so cute!

  11. adorable dog!
    I’ve never really heard of chicken being cooked in coconut milk unless as a curry so this is really interesting!

  12. That’s a great price for a humanely raised chicken! I’ve been buying a lot of whole chickens myself lately. Usually I just bake them, but I’ll have to try braising one in coconut milk some time, I bet it smells heavenly too.

  13. What an adorable puppy!!! And yum on the chicken!

  14. jenn- yes! I swear it fell right off the bone- it was actually a little tricky getting it out of the pot!
    heather- thanks! regular milk turned me off too. coconut was perfect though! I think it would work with boneless, skinless… you’d just have to play with the cooking time.
    zerrin- thanks! I learn a ton from your blog!
    natasha so funny that we were going to do similar meals!
    carolyn- butter. we don’t do mayo in this house. ;)
    sophia- yes, it made the house smell wonderful! I thought it was a great price too- so much cheaper than buying it in pieces!
    emily, sarah, sopie, ulla, sophia, and cg- thanks!!

  15. How cool–I never though about cooking chicken in milk or coconut milk. I think it might be interesting to throw in some Thai spices and flavors–lemongrass, kaffir lime, etc. too. I may have to try that!

  16. He’s so cute. He really does love that thing! lol

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