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Island Spice Chicken and Coconut Rice

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Awhile ago, my sister made me this amazing dinner–Island Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Rice.  It uses pork tenderloin, which is kind of an expensive cut of meat and too much food for my small eating family, so today I decided to try this recipe with chicken tenderloins instead.  Island Spice Chicken and Coconut Rice–it’s amazing and sweet and a party in your mouth!

Island Spice Chicken and Coconut Rice

First you will defrost a bunch of chicken tenders (that’s the great thing about using chicken for this recipe, you can decide how much or how little you want to make.  This recipe makes enough for about 10 tenders.) Meanwhile, prepare a spice rub:

  • 4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Put it in a ZipLock bag with the chicken and cover the chicken evenly.  Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan and brown the chicken on both sides.  Place all the chicken in a 9×13 baking dish and sprinkle garlic powder and brown sugar over the top.  Bake for 20 minutes.

coconut rice

Coconut Rice

  • 1 1/2 cups jasmine rice
  • 2 cups coconut milk (or 1 can)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup water

Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and bring it to a boil, stirring frequently.  Cook on low for about 30 minutes, when all the moisture is absorbed, stirring every 5 minutes.

This is just simply delicious.  It’s sweet and coconutty and you don’t even know you’re eating rice!  I wouldn’t make the Island Spice Chicken without the coconut rice, they just go hand in hand.  And of course, the best sides for this dish is mango or pineapple or any assortment of island fruits.  And yes, you CAN do this recipe for Island Pork Tenderloin, I would just half the spice rub recipe and rub it all over a pork tenderloin.  Brown in a frying pan, just like the chicken.  Bake the tenderloin for a little longer until it is 140 degrees in the center.

island spice chicken

Island Spice Chicken and Coconut Rice
 
Ingredients
  • Island Spice Rub
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • Coconut Rice
  • 1½ cups jasmine rice
  • 2 cups coconut milk (or 1 can)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Put it in a ZipLock bag with the chicken and cover the chicken evenly. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan and brown the chicken on both sides. Place all the chicken in a 9x13 baking dish and sprinkle garlic powder and brown sugar over the top. Bake for 20 minutes.
  2. Coconut Rice: Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and bring it to a boil, stirring frequently. Cook on low for about 30 minutes, when all the moisture is absorbed, stirring every 5 minutes.

 

One Comment

  1. Have you ever tried less sugar?

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