Pan Fried Chicken in Creamy Coconut Sauce

Dish 1: Pan Fried Chicken in Creamy Coconut Sauce

Dish 2: Pasta in creamy coconut sauce topped with pan fried chicken

One recipe and two dishes, your taste buds would dance with joy seeing this…

During every meal I think it would have been nice if I had variety of dishes lined in front of me to taste. But this happens only during special occasions or when I have guests over for a meal. On other days, convincing my mind to prepare even one dish is a bit difficult let alone two or more dishes 😛 And I terribly fail to fulfill my taste bud’s greedy desire for tasting many dishes.

For the last couple of days I found my taste buds to be acting unbelievably nice to me. In return, I decided to treat my taste buds with something special for today’s dinner. I entered my kitchen with the mind of making one dish and came out with two dishes instead. How kool is that? Oh ya, my taste buds are still dancing with joy that they got to taste two dishes in one sitting.

I tweaked the original recipe a bit. The original recipe called for fish, but I used chicken. Also, I used dried oregano and ground pepper to season the all-purpose flour which gave a good flavor to the pan fried chicken. The recipe involves two steps: pan frying the chicken and preparing a coconut sauce. The creamy coconut sauce is then poured over the pan fried chicken. The creamy coconut sauce has a mild flavor with all the spices added in it. For the second dish, I made pasta and poured the coconut sauce over it. Pasta tasted really good with the sauce.

Non-vegetarians could go with the chicken dish and the vegetarians with the pasta in creamy coconut sauce.

Pan Fried Chicken with Creamy Coconut Sauce:


Step 1: Pan Frying Chicken

Ingredients:

  • Chicken fillets- 4
  • All-purpose flour or Maida- 1/2 cup
  • Dried Oregano- 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Ground pepper- 1/2 tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Butter- 1 tbsp
  • Oil- 1tbsp

Preparation:

  • Season the chicken fillets with salt.

  • In a bowl, combine all-purpose flour or maida, dried oregano and ground pepper.

  • Heat a non-stick wide pan over medium heat, add butter and oil to the hot pan.
  • Coat the chicken fillets with the seasoned all-purpose flour, shake off the excess flour.

  • Place the chicken fillets on the pan and pan fry the chicken until the chicken is cooked well and both the sides turn golden brown.

  • Transfer the pan fried chicken to a platter.

Step 2: Preparing the Sauce

Ingredients:

  • Oil- 1tbsp
  • Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger, minced- 1 tsp
  • Garlic, minced- 1 tsp
  • Onions, minced- 1/2 onion
  • Celery, minced- 1 stalk
  • Turmeric powder- 2 pinches
  • Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Ground pepper- 1/4 tsp
  • Coconut milk- 3/4 cup
  • Heavy cream or half -half- 3 tbsp
  • Tomato, minced- 1
  • Cilantro, minced- 1 tbsp
  • Mild Cheddar cheese- 3tbsp (optional)
  • Salt- to taste

Preparation:

  • While the chicken is pan frying, make the sauce.
  • Heat a sauce pan, add oil.
  • Add cumin seeds to the hot oil and saute.
  • Add ginger, garlic minced and saute till it starts to turn golden.

  • Add onions and salt, saute till tender.
  • Add celery and saute for 2 minutes.

  • Add turmeric powder. coriander powder, ground pepper and combine well.
  • To the mixture add little water to prevent the spices from burning.
  • Pour the coconut milk and heavy cream and let it come to a bubble.

  • Now, add the minced tomato, let it cook and get mashed.

  • Cook till the sauce starts to thicken, add cheese if you want at this point and combine well.
  • Garnish with cilantro.

Plating:


  • Place the pan fried chicken on a plate, pour the prepared coconut sauce over the chicken.
  • You could even serve plain rice or steamed vegetables on the side.
  • I decorated the plate with my favorite Mandarin oranges and scallions.

Pasta with Creamy Coconut Sauce topped with pan fried chicken


  • Prepare the creamy coconut sauce and keep aside.
  • Cook your favorite kind of pasta according to the direction given on the pasta box.

  • In a bowl, combine the pasta with the creamy coconut sauce.

  • You could garnish the pasta with parsley leaves or cilantro.
  • You could even place the pan fried chicken over the pasta and pour some coconut sauce over it.

Tips:

  • You could use king fish fillet or tilapia fillet instead of chicken.
  • Health freaks: Add light coconut milk, fat-free cream and fat-free cheese( or avoid adding cheese).

Pan Fried Chicken in Creamy Coconut Sauce
 
Ingredients
Pan Frying Chicken
  • Chicken fillets- 4
  • All-purpose flour or Maida- ½ cup
  • Dried Oregano- ½ tsp (optional)
  • Ground pepper- ½ tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Butter- 1 tbsp
  • Oil- 1tbsp
Step 2: Preparing the Sauce
  • Oil- 1tbsp
  • Cumin seeds- ½ tsp
  • Ginger, minced- 1 tsp
  • Garlic, minced- 1 tsp
  • Onions, minced- ½ onion
  • Celery, minced- 1 stalk
  • Turmeric powder- 2 pinches
  • Coriander powder- ½ tsp
  • Ground pepper- ¼ tsp
  • Coconut milk- ¾ cup
  • Heavy cream or half -half- 3 tbsp
  • Tomato, minced- 1
  • Cilantro, minced- 1 tbsp
  • Mild Cheddar cheese- 3tbsp (optional)
  • Salt- to taste
Instructions
Step 1: Pan Frying Chicken
  1. Season the chicken fillets with salt.
  2. In a bowl, combine all-purpose flour or maida, dried oregano and ground pepper.
  3. Heat a non-stick wide pan over medium heat, add butter and oil to the hot pan.
  4. Coat the chicken fillets with the seasoned all-purpose flour, shake off the excess flour.
  5. Place the chicken fillets on the pan and pan fry the chicken until the chicken is cooked well and both the sides turn golden brown.
  6. Transfer the pan fried chicken to a platter.
Step 2: Preparing the Sauce
  1. While the chicken is pan frying, make the sauce.
  2. Heat a sauce pan, add oil.
  3. Add cumin seeds to the hot oil and saute.
  4. Add ginger, garlic minced and saute till it starts to turn golden.
  5. Add onions and salt, saute till tender.
  6. Add celery and saute for 2 minutes.
  7. Add turmeric powder. coriander powder, ground pepper and combine well.
  8. To the mixture add little water to prevent the spices from burning.
  9. Pour the coconut milk and heavy cream and let it come to a bubble.
  10. Now, add the minced tomato, let it cook and get mashed.
  11. Cook till the sauce starts to thicken, add cheese if you want at this point and combine well.
  12. Garnish with cilantro.
Step 3:Plating
  1. Place the pan fried chicken on a plate, pour the prepared coconut sauce over the chicken.
  2. You could even serve plain rice or steamed vegetables on the side.
  3. I decorated the plate with my favorite Mandarin oranges and scallions.
Pasta with Creamy Coconut Sauce topped with pan fried chicken
  1. Prepare the creamy coconut sauce and keep aside.
  2. Cook your favorite kind of pasta according to the direction given on the pasta box.
  3. In a bowl, combine the pasta with the creamy coconut sauce.
  4. You could garnish the pasta with parsley leaves or cilantro.
  5. You could even place the pan fried chicken over the pasta and pour some coconut sauce over it.
Notes
You could use king fish fillet or tilapia fillet instead of chicken.
Health freaks: Add light coconut milk, fat-free cream and fat-free cheese( or avoid adding cheese).

 

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