Easy Thai-baked chicken

Serves 4


For the marinade:

  • 1 large handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  • 180ml tinned coconut milk
  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 large green chilli, seeds removed
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2cm slice of fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp brown sugar

To cook:

  • 4 chicken fillets, halved widthways
  • 1½ tbsp coconut oil

To serve:

  • 2 limes, cut into wedges, for garnish
  • Rice


  1. Place all of the marinade ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and whizz until smooth.
  2. Arrange chicken in a single layer in a large sealable freezer bag. Pour the marinade over the chicken, seal the bag and massage the marinade into the meat. Place in the fridge for at least three hours and up to 24 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 190˚C/170˚C fan/gas mark 5. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof pan over a medium-high heat. Cook the chicken pieces for 3-4 minutes on each side. Place the pan in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
  4. Tent loosely with tin foil and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  5. Sprinkle with more chopped coriander and serve with lime wedges and rice.

Nutritional information:

Per serving: 426kcals, 26.3g fat (16.9g saturated), 5.9g carbs, 3.3g sugars, 41.3g protein, 1.4g fibre, 0.131g sodium


TOP TIP: When the chicken is in the sealed bag with the marinade, it can be popped flat in the freezer to defrost another day!