This punched-up chicken-and-rice dish, made in the Instant Pot, is inspired by mulligatawny soup, with curry spices, creamy coconut milk, bright ginger, and fresh lime juice.

Spiced Coconut Chicken and Rice

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Worldwide
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 piece ginger peeled and sliced
  • 3 medium garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 900 g bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 400 ml light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/3 cups jasmine rice rinsed
  • 2 tbsp cilantro leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 lime halved (one half cut into wedges, for serving)


  • Select Sauté on high heat on the Instant Pot and add the oil.
  • Once hot, add the onion and ginger and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the garlic, curry powder, and turmeric and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  • Add the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Add the coconut milk and water. Secure the lid.
  • Select Manual and cook for 13 minutes on high pressure.
  • When cooking is complete, use a quick release. Transfer the chicken to a platter.
  • Add the rice, chopped cilantro stems, and sugar and secure the lid. Select Manual and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, remove the skin and bones from the chicken and discard.
  • When the rice is cooked, select Cancel and let naturally release for 10 minutes. Release any remaining steam.
  • Add the chicken back to the pot and add the juice of half the lime. Stir and season with salt and pepper. Serve in bowls topped with cilantro leaves and lime wedges.


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