Pan-Roasted Chicken Thighs with Thai Coconut Sauce


Serve this easy, tasty chicken dish with jasmine rice.

Pan-Roasted Chicken ThighsThai Coconut Sauce
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
25 mins
Roast Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs (3 1/2 to 3 3/4 lb.)

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil or vegetable oil

  • 8 ounce fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced

  • ½ cup sliced green onions

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped lemongrass*

  • 1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk

  • ¼ cup snipped fresh basil

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • Crushed red pepper (optional)

  • Lime wedges (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Sprinkle chicken with salt. In an extra-large ovengoing skillet heat 1 Tbsp. of the oil over medium-high heat. Add half of the chicken, skin sides down, and cook 6 to 8 minutes or until well browned; remove from skillet. Repeat with remaining chicken; discard drippings. Return all of the chicken, skin sides up, to skillet. Transfer to oven. Roast 15 to 20 minutes or until done (at least 175°F). Remove chicken; keep warm. Discard drippings.

  2. For sauce, in skillet heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms, green onions, and lemongrass. Cook 3 minutes or until mushrooms are tender, stirring to scrape up crusty brown bits. Add coconut milk, basil, and lime juice. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. If desired, season with crushed red pepper.

  3. Spoon sauce over chicken. If desired, serve with lime wedges and additional basil.


To finely chop lemongrass, smash first with a rolling pin, then finely chop.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

523 Calories
41g Fat
4g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 523
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 53%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 193mg 64%
Sodium 427mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 2.3mg 12%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 2.4mg 13%
Potassium 499mg 11%
Folate, total 16.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*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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