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Curried Coconut Chicken Recipe

Curried Coconut Chicken Recipe

Looking for a new way to fix chicken breasts? This no-fuss recipe is a nice change of pace. It’s sweet, savory and a little exotic. Serve it over rice or couscous.—Becky Walch, Manteca, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup apricot preserves, warmed


  • 1. Place butter in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine the coconut and curry powder. Dip chicken in butter, then coat with coconut mixture.
  • 2. Place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; sprinkle with salt. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a thermometer reads 170°. Serve with preserves. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half with 1/4 cup preserves: 571 calories, 21g fat (14g saturated fat), 117mg cholesterol, 383mg sodium, 63g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 2g fiber), 36g protein.

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MurphyNJ User ID: 7103738 181790
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2014

"My husband loved the taste of this, but I wasn't as thrilled. I didn't like the appearance of the dish because the chicken was white and looked like macaroons. I agree that the chicken should be sliced thin. I purchased raw chicken that was cut into nuggets and they were too thick and not tender. I also agree that salt and pepper should be added to the coconut/curry mixture instead of being just sprinkled on top."

LvngFab User ID: 8062677 186530
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2014

"Holy crow This was absolutely amazing! I wasn't entirely sure we were going to like this meal, sometimes I'm a bit hot and cold with curry powder, but we were literally fighting over the chicken that was left over! I thought something so simple couldn't possibly be very good- but I was wrong!

Someone else commented that they usually change the recipe to suit their tastes but didn't this time; I agree completely! The only thing I did different was slice my chicken into tenders and add salt and pepper to the coconut/curry powder mixture. If you like coconut or curry, try this. If you like simple dinners, try this. If you think you're not going to like this, try it anyway. You won't be sorry!"

cindymarza User ID: 7391984 193060
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2014

"My oldest son is allergic to wheat and egg, so I am always trying to find new tasty recipes that do not require substitutions. My younger son often does not like them, but he really liked this dish, almost as much as my husband and I! I recently made a dish with turmeric and only my husband liked it, so I used a Red Curry Powder that listed it lower on the ingredient list. It was also very easy to make which is essential for my busy schedule. This dish will probably be one of our new family favorites!"

DeePotato User ID: 6763736 125262
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2013

"My husband likes curry, eldest son likes coconut, and I like ethnic cuisines; so, BONUS finding this perfect meal-match. It seemed too simple a recipe for a promising delicious dinner. I made it exactly as directed; however, I let it cook longer for browning. This allowed me time to go buy apricot preserves. Thank you for sharing this most excellent recipe. My four children, husband, and guests all voted this as "very delicious and must make again" which resulted becoming a "forever family favorite." Thanks from all eight of us who ate all of it!!!"

eli05 User ID: 3750978 136974
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2013

"so yummy!"

mas4144 User ID: 6300876 196133
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2013

"I forgot to rate this recipe so here it is."

mas4144 User ID: 6300876 135237
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2013

"When I find a recipe I think I would like to try I usually will make some sort of changes as I go. This recipe is probably the only one I have just gone directly by the recipe as written. It turned out wonderful. I have made it many times and it is always a big hit. No need to change anything and so simple to make."

jayellebee User ID: 6133893 212832
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2012

"I used chicken tenderloins instead of full breasts, and I left out the apricot preserves. So good: sweet with just the right amount of kick. Just the amount of curry I like."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 212831
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2011

"I liked this. I didn't use the apricot preserves, but I think they would have livened it up a bit. Very simple to make, but not too much bang for it."

syland User ID: 3896856 194823
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2011

"Definitely a winning recipe if you love curry powder as much as I do. I made it tonight and it is truly delicious. The only thing I'd do differently next time is to brine the chicken breasts first instead of seasoning them with salt. Yummy!!!"

newcountrywife User ID: 6001500 196198
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2011

"My husband saw this recipe in the magazine and wanted to try it. I did not think I would like it, but it was wonderful! The kids even ate it up too. This will definitely be one that I make again. So simple and delicious."

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 194821
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2011

"easy to make, but did not taste that great. Probably will not try this one again."

buschauer User ID: 5510172 196196
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2011

"A very simple dish to make and very tasty. I usually don't like chicken breast but this I love it. I also use chicken cutlet, so its thinner."

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