Chicken with Coconut Ginger Rice

I got the inspiration for this dish from a baby and toddler cookbook. I thought i should give it a shot, but of course with all things i make, i had to add some of my own creativity. I think its pretty delicious and something different from the weekly meal routine.

(serves 4-6 people)

What you’ll need:

2 cups Panko Crumbs
2 eggs, beaten
4 Tablespoons coconut oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 yellow onion finely chopped
3 Tablespoons finely minced fresh ginger root
1 can of coconut milk
3 1/2 cups chicken stock
2 cups of jasmine rice
1/2 cup coconut flakes
2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro
1 lime
Salt and pepper

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Onions always make me cry…actually, more like WEEP! Those glasses in the picture really are my onion goggles. I will never cut another onion without them.

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This is ginger root. (in case you’ve never seen one!)  A little goes a long way. I think this piece is about the size of my thumb!

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Put 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil, all the onions and ginger into a medium size pot. Cook them for about 3-5. Look for the onions to turn translucent.

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Then you are going to add the coconut milk, chicken stock and rice. Cook that for about 5-7 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. The rice will not be fully cooked yet. Set it aside.

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Slice your chicken breasts into smaller portions as close in size as possible, so they will cook evenly.  Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

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First dunk the chicken in the egg and then roll it in the panko crumbs.
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Heat the coconut oil to med/high heat in a pan. Place the chicken in the pan and brown for about 3 minutes on each side. Don’t flip the chicken too much or else the panko crumbs will fall off and the chicken will loose its juices.

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Now its time to put everything together!
Taste the rice and add salt and pepper if needed. Spread the creamy coconut ginger rice into a large baking dish. (I think i used a 9/13 in. )
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Place the chicken snugly on top of the rice, sprinkle with coconut flakes and bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

When its done i like to sprinkle some lime juice and cilantro on top. The flavors in this dish are amazing and the rice is so creamy and comforting. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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