Baked Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls with Cilantro Lime Ranch.
This Saucy Coconut Braised Chicken with Rice Noodles and Broccoli is the perfect bowl of warming summer comfort food. It’s healthy…and so delicious. Slow simmered chicken tossed in creamy coconut milk with broccoli, zucchini, and rice noodles. Add some heat with curry paste, and balance it all out with a squeeze of lime. Best part…all you need for this recipe are simple ingredients and under an hour’s time. Bonus? The leftovers are even more delicious the next day.
With every day the sun is setting earlier and earlier, and by this time next week, Asher will be 12. I wish she’d just stop growing up so quickly. She’s a little mini adult at this point and wise beyond her years. I finally spent some time this weekend trying to think of something amazing to do for her birthday. And you guys…I’m still stumped.
Do you have ideas? I feel like twelve is a special birthday and I’m sad I don’t get to spend it with her.
When Asher’s birthday rolls around, it means summer is coming to a close. I have a lot of mixed feelings about that. Mostly, I’m not ready to say goodbye to the longer days, fresh herbs from the garden, and wildflowers growing in the yard. It’s too soon, right?
Regardless of how I feel, we’ve got one full week of August left. I’m making it count by using all the summer produce I can. My plan? Use it all up before it’s gone Incorporate herbs, vegetables, and fruits into transitional summer-to-fall recipes as we start to slowly inch our way into a new season. I know it’s super hot most places right now, but the cool nights will come soon, and thankfully this recipe is here for that.
This one is EASY…and quick.
I’ve been switching it up recently and using chicken thighs instead of breasts for some dishes. I’m loving the added flavor they give. That said, this recipe works with either a small boneless chicken thigh or chicken breast. Just take your pick.
Toss the chicken with turmeric and curry paste. For the curry paste, I use Thai Red Kitchen curry paste, which I’ve loved for years. It adds so much flavor and just the right amount of heat.
Now, pan sear the chicken until golden brown. Toss in a whole bunch of shallots, ginger, garlic, and zucchini to give this saucy curry some good flavor. Oh, and don’t forget the broccoli. I like to add that midway through cooking to help the broccoli keep its color.
For the vegetables, you can use whatever you have on hand…bell peppers, eggplant, corn, zucchini, they all work, so use what you love or what you have. Next time around, I’m going to use fresh bell peppers. That will be delicious.
Next, go for the coconut milk, a splash of fish sauce, and little honey. I’d recommend full fat for an extra creamy, very delicious curry. And if you don’t love fish sauce, TRY IT, it’s the best, promise. It smells funky, but if you can get past that, it’s going to make your coconut sauce better.
Simmer everything together until the chicken is tender and the kitchen smells amazing. And you’re maybe even getting some cozier vibes…sorry I can’t help myself, I love anything cozy.
Side note, I think if I write another cookbook, it should have the word cozy in the tittle. Yes? No?
Because noodles in an extra saucy coconut curry sauce are way too delicious. They’ll soak up all that sauce and flavor, and oh my gosh, you guys?
They are GOOD.
So, while the curry is simmering away, boil up some rice noodles.
I love using the super thin vermicelli rice noodles, but any rice noodle or noodle that you have on hand will be great. Just be sure to find a noodle you love and something that will hold up well in a good amount of curry sauce.
As soon as the curry is done, I spoon the sauce overtop the noodles, add the chicken, plus lots of fresh Thai basil from the garden and EAT. Dinner in under an hour and made using chicken, pantry staples, and fresh produce.
Couldn’t love this (healthy) braised chicken curry more. Hoping it makes for a perfect Monday night dinner for you all. Enjoy!
Looking for other transitional summer to fall recipes? Here are a few ideas:
Sage Lemon Butter Chicken Piccata with Mashed Cauliflower
30 Minute Butter Chicken Meatballs
Prosciutto Chicken Parmesan with Garlic Butter Tomato Pasta
Spicy Pesto and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Involtini
Lastly, if you make this saucy coconut braised chicken with rice noodles and broccoli be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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Absolutely delicious. I added some cut up carrot I had, half a green pepper cut up and some chunks of pineapple. Also I had 4 chicken breasts but cut each one into three so more manageable in the “soup” and they actually tore apart with a fork so it was perfect.
Thanks so much!! I love to hear that this recipe was delish and I appreciate you making it! xT
We thought the curry was delicious, and especially nice with all the vegetables, although found it a bit odd to have to cut up a chicken breast on noodles. If I make it again, I’d cut them into chunks before sauteeing them, making the dish easier to eat. I tried to use the rice noodles I had, but turned out you have to boil them then fry them in oil (way too much trouble!), so used egg noodles instead, and they were perfect.
Awesome!! I love to hear that this recipe was a hit and appreciate you making it! Thanks for your comment! xT
The recipe states to add 1 cup broth if making in slow cooker. It’s not listed in the ingredients?
(Love all your recipes, I have two of your cookbooks)
So sorry about that! You definitely will want to add 1 cup of broth for the slow cooker version:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xx
Super easy and delicious! My husband couldn’t get enough of it! We just found out he has celiac and this was a great gluten free dinner.
Amazing!! I appreciate you making this dish and sharing your review, so glad to hear it was a winner! xT
10/10 recommend! This is so delish. Will definitely be making this again.
Love it!!🤩 So glad to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks so much for making it! xx
When do you add the lime juice and zest in the stove-top recipe?
You are going to add the lime in step 5:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xx
Really nice flavors and I love how easy it is to throw lots of vegetables in! That being said, I have a couple of notes (more for myself as the cook than for the recipe).
– I had to add quite a bit more salt to bring out the flavor and avoid the dish tasting bland. I did add salt several times while cooking, but next time I will taste as I go to make sure I’m adding enough.
– I had to sub rice noodles with thin spaghetti and I didn’t love the texture/taste, BUT I had some instant coconut rice on hand and that went perfectly with the dish!
– I’ll sear the chicken longer next time. Maybe sear in a separate pan because I don’t think my dutch oven is big enough and I think I needed to browning it would make this tastier.
Thanks for your review and trying this recipe out, I love to hear that it was a winner! Have the best Thursday! ?xTieghan
So good! This feeds about 3-4 (not 6) with the noodle recommendations/chicken recs. Either way it is delicious and easy with the Dutch oven.
Happy Wednesday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for giving it a go!! ☘️Tieghan
This was awesome! So adaptable! We added carrots and peppers with the shallots, then added frozen spinach, frozen beans, and frozen peas a few minutes before it finished cooking. Served over brown rice ramen with cilantro and lime. Amazing flavor!
Happy Sunday!! I love to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks so much for trying it out!! xTieghan
Made this tonight! My wife who is new to most Asian flavors loved it. Easy way to introduce her Thai! So yummy. We left out the broccoli because I used it earlier in the week, but it was still great.
Happy Sunday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks bunch for giving it a go! xxTieghan
Awesome dish!! Both kids and the husband liked it and that is so difficult to achieve. Thank you!!
Fantastic!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan
Delicious recipe! Just what hit the spot tonight.
Happy Sunday! So glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe, thanks a lot for making it! xxT
This is the first recipe I ever made in my Dutch oven. So delicious, easy and flavorful! I found that it needed a little extra salt at the end, but that may have been because 2 extra boneless skinless chicken thighs were added. Cold leftovers aren’t for everyone, but the rice noodles soaked up the sauce and made somewhat of a curry spaghetti for lunch the next day.
Hey there! Thanks so much for trying out this recipe, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! ? xTieghan
The flavours in this dish are heavenly! And this is super easy to put together. I used chicken broth instead of water and used a little more broth so the sauce would go farther. My hubby & I loved it and I will definitely make this again. Thank you for the fabulous recipe!
Thanks so much! xTieghan
This was sooooooooo delicious. Made it on the stovetop in exactly thirty minutes, it was the perfect weeknight meal, so easy. Subbed green beans for broccoli and worked out great over rice noodles. Perfect cozy comfort food!
Hi there! Thanks so much for trying out this recipe! So glad to hear it was enjoyed ? xTieghan