Butternut Coconut Rice with Thai Seasoned Chicken

Tired of cauliflower rice? This Thai-inspired recipe features yummy butternut squash rice! Serve this Paleo chicken recipe whenever you're craving a tasty, healthy dinner.

Butternut Coconut Rice with Thai Seasoned Chicken on serving plate with lime wedges
Photo: Andy Lyons
Total Time:
30 mins
5 cups


  • ½ 2-pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into large chunks*

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced**

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 12 ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size strips

  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste

  • 1 ½ teaspoon fish sauce

  • ½ cup canned unsweetened coconut milk

  • 1 teaspoon lime zest

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves

  • Lime wedges


  1. Put squash chunks in a food processor; cover and pulse until pieces are pea-size. Measure 4 cups.

  2. In a large skillet heat 1 Tbsp. of the oil over medium-high. Cook jalapeño, ginger, and garlic in the hot oil 1 minute or until fragrant. Add chicken; cook 5 to 7 minutes or until no longer pink. Stir in curry paste and fish sauce; cook 30 seconds more. Remove from skillet; keep warm.

  3. Add remaining 1Tbsp. oil to skillet. Spread squash evenly in skillet. Cook, without stirring, 4 minutes. Turn squash with a spatula and cook, without stirring, 3 minutes more or just until tender and slightly golden brown. Stir in coconut milk, lime zest, and salt. Heat through.

  4. Serve squash topped with chicken and cilantro. Pass lime wedges.


Save time! Look for riced butternut squash at your local supermarket.


Chile peppers contain oils that can irritate your skin and eyes. Wear plastic or rubber gloves when working with them.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

282 Calories
13g Fat
19g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 282
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 714mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 36.9mg 185%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 1.7mg 9%
Potassium 810mg 17%
Folate, total 48.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.9mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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