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Brazilian Chicken with Coconut Milk

  • 09/07/2012
  • Moderate difficulty
  • 4
  • 60 min

Coconut milk is one of the staples of Brazilian cuisine and it is used in many meat dishes as well as in refreshing beverages and cocktails. Try this beautifully spiced chicken infused with coconut milk and indulge in the exotic flavours of Brazil in your home.


  • 4 large chicken fillets (about 800-900 g)
  • ½ tsp caraway seeds
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp crushed coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp Vegeta universal
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 150 g onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 fresh hot green pepper
  • 600 g tomatoes
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • salt
  • black pepper crushed
  • 1 Podravka chicken bouillon


  1. 1.
    Rinse and pat-dry the chicken.
  2. 2.
    Combine caraway seeds, turmeric, cayenne, coriander and Vegeta universal and mix well. Rub into the chicken fillets.
  3. 3.
    Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet or frying pan.
  4. 4.
    Add the chicken and fry on medium heat for about 10 minutes on each side or until the chicken is cooked through.
  5. 5.
    Remove the chicken and add the remaining oil, finely diced onion, minced garlic, grated ginger and chopped hot green pepper (seeds removed) to the pan. Fry on low heat for about 5 minutes until the onion is soft and translucent.
  6. 6.
    Peel the tomatoes, remove the seeds, chop and add to the onion. Continue to fry for 5 to 8 minutes.
  7. 7.
    Add chicken bouillon to the pan, stir in coconut milk and bring to the boil. Remove from heat and stir in the chopped parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Drizzle the sauce over the chicken and serve with rice.


If you don't have coconut milk, you can steep some grated coconut into regular milk or half-and-half and strain through a sieve or use as it is.

Energy and nutritive values

Energy and nutritive values are calculated for one serving (i.e. for 1 person). If it is a dessert, energy and nutritive values have been calculated for 100 g.

Nutrient Unit of measure Amount F rda (%) M rda (%)
Energy values kcal / kJ 557 / 2.328 - -
Fat g 32,10 - -
Carbohydrates g 16,89 - -
Dietary fibre g 4,51 - -
Protein g 50,24 - -
Salt g 2,96 0 0
Vitamin A μg 1.305,22 33 26
Vitamin D μg 27,00 14 14
Niacin mg 33,06 236 165
Pantothenic acid mg 2,28 33 33
Potassium mg 1.256,11 34 34
Phosphorous mg 476,89 60 60
Magnesium mg 114,34 38 29

* RDA is based on daily allowances for women of 2000 kcal, and for men of 2900 kcal at the age of 25 to 50. (Source: DRI reports - Macronutrients, Elements, Vitamins, www.nap.edu; Genesis R&D and Podravka d.d.)