Coriander Chilli Chicken
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Serves: 6 serves

  • 80g baby spinach leaves
  • 80g coriander leaves, stems and trimmed roots, lightly chopped
  • 20g mint leaves and stems, lightly chopped
  • 1 red onion, cut into quarters
  • 1 to 2 red chilies, according to taste
  • 40g olive oil
  • 50g kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
  • 50g sweet chilli sauce
  • 50g fish sauce
  • 1.5kg chicken thighs, without skin, cut into quarters (TM5/TM6)
  • 1.2kg chicken thighs, without skin, cut into quarters (TM31)
  • 1 x 400g tin coconut milk (I use Ayam brand)
  • 60g dark brown muscovado sugar, or plain dark brown sugar
  • Zest of 2 limes, plus 3 to 4 tbls lime juice
  • 2 tsp sea salt flakes
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • Noodles or steamed rice to serve
  • Extra chopped coriander leaves
  • Roasted chopped peanuts if desired
  1. Place spinach leaves into a Thermoserver, or large casserole dish, and put aside
  2. Place coriander, mint, onion, chilies and oil into TM bowl and chop 5 seconds / speed 5
  3. Scrape around bowl and sauté 5 minutes / Veroma / Speed 1 / MC off
  4. Add kecap manis, sweet chilli sauce, and fish sauce and cook 2 minutes / Veroma / Speed 1 / MC on
  5. Add chicken, coconut milk and sugar and cook 15 minutes / 100 / reverse / speed soft
  6. Lift lid and stir chicken around, ensuring you are get towards the base of the bowl, cover and continue cooking 5 minutes / 100 / reverse / 100 / speed soft
  7. Pour mixture into Thermoserver over spinach leaves, add lime zest and 3 tbls lime juice, salt and pepper and stir through, cover and allow to rest for 10 minutes
  8. Check for seasoning and add more lime juice and sea salt if needed
  9. Serve with either noodles or rice, and extra chopped coriander leaves and roasted peanuts if desired
Coriander roots pack a lot of flavour in cooking, so in this recipe I am harnessing that by using the whole herb: leaves, stems and roots ... just remove the "hairy" bits around the roots before using, and ensure you wash and dry your herbs well (I use a "salad spinner" for this).

This is a super easy dish to pull together and gives you four to six generous serves depending on what else you decide to serve with it ... I prefer rice noodles, but any noodle is fine, and I have also served this with steamed black rice which not only looks fabulous against the contrast colour of the dish, but is delicious too.

In our family we can't use nuts due to allergy, but if this wasn't the case I would add a generous sprinkling of roasted crushed peanuts to each serve.

As with all protein to be cooked, remove the chicken from the fridge 30 minutes before using.
Recipe by The Passionate Pantry at