Chicken in Spicy Coconut Sauce

120 mins (prep 40)
16 ingredients
makes 8 servings
If you like curries, you'll love this recipe. The sauce is rich with coconut flavor and redolent with spice. Don't be alarmed by the number of red chiles — these are mild.

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  • 3 pound chicken drumsticks and thighs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 rounded tablespoons tamarind from a pliable block
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 cup chopped shallots (4 large)
  • 10 (5 1/2-inch) fresh holland red chiles, sliced crosswise (1 cup), including seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons chopped peeled turmeric (fresh or thawed frozen) or 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 fresh lemongrass stalks, 1 or 2 outer leaves and all but lower 6 inches discarded
  • 6 cups well-stirred canned unsweetened coconut milk (48 fl oz; not low-fat)
  • 1 (1-inch) piece galangal (fresh or thawed frozen), sliced crosswise
  • 2 teaspoons packed dark palm sugar or dark brown sugar


Serving Size (9.76 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 11.18 Calories from Fat 0.45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.05g 0.57%
Saturated Fat 0.02g 0.95%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 582.61mg 194.2%
Total Carbohydrate 2.81g 7.51%
Dietary Fiber 0.36 g 11.48%
Sugars 2.15 g %
Protein 0.18g 2.82%
Vitamin A 1.11IU% Vitamin C 0.13mg%
Calcium 4.36mg% Iron 0.52mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
chicken drumsticks and thighs, a, hot water, chopped shallots, peeled fresh ginger, peeled, ground cumin, ground coriander, lemongrass stalks, fresh, unsweetened coconut milk, palm sugar, dark brown sugar, or, dark