Stir-Fried Chicken With Lime and Coconut 4.000

Jennifer Chase for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Nov 20, 2005

The slightly tart, spicy chicken turns mellow when simmered in coconut milk. Serve with jasmine rice.

Servings: 4
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 limes (grated zest and juice)
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (preferably full fat)
  • 4 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 6 to 8 scallions, both white and light-green parts, cut into 1-inch shreds
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro


In a medium bowl, combine the chicken pieces with the lime zest and juice. Let sit for 15 minutes (at room temperature) or in the refrigerator for up to 1 hour.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drain the chicken and pat the pieces dry; once the oil is shimmering, add the chicken and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the chicken is golden.

Add the jalapeños and stir-fry for 1 minute more. Add the coconut milk, fish sauce, half the scallions and half the cilantro. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes more.

Sprinkle with the remaining scallions and cilantro and serve.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from "Delia's How to Cook: Book Two," by Delia Smith (BBC Worldwide Publishing, 2001).

Tested by Marcia Kramer and Kara Elder.

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