Basil Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce

We have been having problems with our internet connection since we moved into this apartment.  The wireless randomly shuts down, and sometimes even plugging in the ethernet doesn’t do the trick.  I don’t have much patience with it.  This on top of the fact that I have only vague ideas about how the internet works. You’re lucky I even know what an ethernet is.

We finally had a technician come out today.  Unfortunately Eric wasn’t here to oversee communications (and by that I mean he wasn’t here to keep me from looking like a complete imbecile).  The poor technician kept trying to explain things and I kept responding inappropriately.

Technician: Oh, I see the problem.  You’ve got a splitter here that’s~~~~~~~~~~~~~ (Why don’t we have a keystroke for white noise?)

Me: That’s great.  Thanks for fixing it. Do you want to try these cookies I made?

Technician: No, I’m saying, can you please show me where the other~~~~~~~~~

Me: I can get you a glass of milk too.

It’s not my fault.  My brain was made in the 80s, when computers were going through puberty, before they became all popular.  It reminds me of one time when I was using a public computer in the BYU library.  A guy came up to me and said, hey, I think I left something I need on the desk top, do you mind if I check for it?  I said, sure, and immediately started clearing my notes and things off of the top of the desk so that he could find his pen or whatever he had lost.  I felt like an idiot when he grabbed the mouse and found the file that he had left on the desktop.

Whatever.  Computers are just a fad anyway.

Fortunately, food will never go out of style.  This curry recipe will knock your socks off.  Don’t worry, it’s not too hot, just very tasty.  I am putting the original recipe but will warn that I increased the spices significantly.  I like my food hot. So if you do too, heap your curry and chili powder.

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Basil Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce


  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder (I used more)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder (I used more)
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped (by seeding the jalapeno you lose most of the spice/heat but retain great flavor)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 14-ounce can light coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 3 cups hot cooked rice


  1. Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces. Place in medium bowl. Stir together curry, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper and chili powder. Sprinkle over chicken, tossing to coat evenly. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours.
  2. In a large nonstick frying pan, stir onion, basil, garlic and peppers in hot oil over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes, until onion is translucent. Add chicken and cook for 5-6 minutes until no longer pink.
  3. Combine coconut milk and cornstarch and whisk well to combine. Carefully add to skillet, whisking vigorously. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly. Stir in ginger. Cook and stir for another minute. Serve over hot rice.

Source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe


UPDATE: I recently made this recipe in the slow cooker! Check it out: Slow Cooker Basil Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce:

Slow Cooker Basil Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce from The Food Charlatan





  1. Kris says

    Hi Karen
    I loved this! Very delicious! I love your desk top story. Did you really offer the Internet guy a cookie. Did he eat one? Did the Internet get fixed? All important questions.

  2. Janelle says

    I’m not sure what I like more… your recipes or the commentary! You’re so good at both! Keep it up

  3. Wendy says

    This looks yummy and I love that you can take a little heat. I will have to try this. I make lots of food from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. She has great stuff on there.

  4. says

    This recipe is now in my rotation because it’s fairly quick to put together and we love curry. I find I like it better without the cornstarch, but otherwise I follow your steps faithfully. :D

  5. says

    Made this tonight, and oh my goodness! I wanted to lick the pan! I subbed the breasts for thighs since they were already thawed and used a couple T. fresh basil instead of dried. Absolutely amazing yumminess!!!


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