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Coconut Chicken Recipe

This Thai Coconut Chicken Recipe is one of my favorite easy one pot camping meals.

coconut chicken in bowl

There are lots of reasons why it is the ideal camping recipe:

  • It's fast and easy.
  • It uses nutritious ingredients that are easy to pack.
  • It can be cooked on a two-burner stove.
  • It's delicious!

This recipe makes 4 smallish servings. To serve more people - or big eaters - double the recipe. (It doubles easily.)

What to pack


In the food box

  • jasmine rice
  • curry powder
  • vegetable oil
  • 1 can coconut milk

In the cooler

  • boneless chicken breasts (2) - frozen
  • asparagus spears (6)
  • red onion (1)
  • large carrot (1)
  • snow peas (1 cup/250 mL)

ingredients for coconut chicken

Pots and Utensils

  • saucepan with tight fitting lid
  • large skillet or another pot
  • cutting board
  • sharp knife
  • measuring cup (1 cup/250 mL)
  • measuring spoon (1 Tbsp/15 mL)
  • plastic baggie
  • vegetable peeler
  • can opener
  • wooden spoon (or your favorite mixing spoon)
  • serving spoons

How to make this Coconut Chicken recipe

  • Put the rice on to cook. (Put 2 cups rice and 3 cups of water in the saucepan. Cover. Bring to a boil. Lower heat. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until rice is cooked.)
  • Cut the chicken into 1 inch/2 cm cubes. 
  • Put 1 Tbsp/15 mL curry powder into the baggie
  • Add the chicken cubes. Shake until they are coated with curry powder.
  • While the rice simmers, heat 1 Tbsp/15 ml of oil in the skillet. Add the chicken cubes to the skillet. 
  • Cook until the chicken is no longer pink (about 5 minutes or so).
  • Chop the asparagus into 1 inch/2 cm pieces.
  • Chop the red onion.
  • Use the vegetable peeler to turn the carrot into little strips.

vegetable peeler, carrot, carrot strips on cutting board

  • When the chicken is cooked, add the asparagus, the onion, the carrot and the snow peas to the skillet.
  • Cook for about 3 minutes.
  • Open the can of coconut milk. Pour it into the skillet. Cook until heated through.
  • When the rice is ready, spoon it into individual bowls.
  • Top with the chicken mixture.


  • Next time there is a good sale on boneless chicken breasts, buy lots. Freeze them in packages of 2. When you pack for your camping trip, put a package of frozen chicken in your cooler with lots of ice.
  • Plan to have this coconut chicken recipe on the second or third day of your trip, when the chicken has thawed but is still cold.

I hope you enjoy this easy Thai Coconut Chicken recipe! For more tasty camping food ideas, click here.

Are you planning a camping trip? Please visit the The Camping Family home page. You'll find lots of helpful ideas.

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