Coconut Chickpea Chicken over Fresh Spinach

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Serves: 4

This tasty coconut curry comes together quickly on the top of the stove. It is also very good made with leftover roast chicken. Here the curry is served hot over fresh spinach. You can also chill and serve as a salad.


3/4 cups (175 mL) light coconut milk
1/2 cup (125 mL) orange juice , fresh
2 tbsp (30 mL) raisins
1 tsp (5 mL) brown sugar
1 tsp (5 mL) curry powder
1 pinch salt
1 lb (0.5 kg) boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 cup (250 mL) chickpeas, boiled or canned, drained
1 cup (250 mL) red pepper(s), diced
1/2 cup (125 mL) green onion(s), sliced
4 cups (1 L) baby spinach
1/2 cup (125 mL) cilantro, fresh, chopped
1/4 cup (60 mL) coconut, dried, unsweetened


1 Add the coconut milk and orange juice to a large pot, cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
2 Stir in raisins, brown sugar, curry powder and salt. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer as you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
3 Slice raw chicken thigh across the grain into one inch (2.5 cm) strips. Add to pot with the drained chickpeas. Stir, cover with lid and simmer for 30 minutes.
4 Add red pepper and green onion. Simmer another 5 minutes.
5 To serve, divide fresh spinach among four dinner plates or large, shallow bowls. Divide coconut curry among them piling it in the centre. Garnish each serving with a tablespoon (15 mL) of the unsweetened coconut and a few tablespoons (30 mL) of the coarsely chopped coriander.