Lime-Coconut Chicken

Food & Wine
Tangy watercress balances sweet coconut milk in this quick skillet dish.


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1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon canola oil
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
Salt and freshly ground pepper
3 large scallions, thinly sliced
3/4 pound watercress, stems trimmed, finely chopped and reserved
One 14-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped cilantro


1. In a medium bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of the oil with 1 teaspoon of the hot sauce, the soy sauce and 1/2 teaspoon of the sugar. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight.

2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over moderately high heat. Add the chicken, season with salt and pepper and cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until browned and just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate.

3. Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of oil in the skillet. Add the scallions and watercress stems and cook until crisp-tender and lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the watercress leaves and cook, stirring, until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the watercress to the plate with the chicken.

4. Add the coconut milk, lime juice, remaining 2 teaspoons of hot sauce and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar to the skillet. Bring to a simmer and cook until reduced by one-third, about 5 minutes. Stir the chicken and watercress into the sauce, season with salt and pepper and warm through. Add the cilantro and serve immediately.

Serve With: Steamed rice

Wine Recommendation: The lime-coconut sauce calls for a wine with a citrusy acidity of its own. Pick an Australian Riesling, such as the 1998 Grosset Polish Hill or the 1998 Pikes.

Created date

June 2004