Yoghurt Spiced Chicken with Almond & Coriander Rice

by Jacqueline on June 7, 2012

The best spicy chicken with rice you can find!

Yoghurt Spiced Chicken with Almond & Coriander Rice

Do you ever have a dish where you think, actually I’d be quite happy just to eat one part of the dish on it’s own as it just tastes so mighty fine? For me the rice in this dish is the star. I never thought I would hear myself say that but it was just so fragrant and a welcome change to the normal and often insipid steamed rice.

This is an adaptation from an Olive recipe and silly me, I didn’t have any Madras or Indian curry paste so I used Thai Sour Curry paste which worked well with the Coriander and Red Chilli to bring about an essence of Thai to the dish. I also swapped Basmati rice for a Lucky Thai rice.

What you'll need for Yoghurt Spiced Chicken with Coriander & Almond Rice

Ingredients for Yoghurt Spiced Chicken with Coriander & Almond Rice

Another benefit of this dish is that you can eat it warm or cold and if you want to add more chicken you can replace the fillets with 2 chicken breasts.

Yoghurt Spiced Chicken with Almond & Coriander Rice

Prep Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes

Serving Size: Serves 2 for Lunch or Dinner

An easy recipe where the chicken marinade can be made the night before. Can be served warm or cold.


  • 1 packet of 6 chicken fillets, chopped into approx. 1.5 inch pieces
  • 150g of rice (Basmati or Thai)
  • 1 125ml pot of natural yoghurt (I opted for low fat)
  • 1 onion, halved and sliced
  • 350ml of chicken stock
  • 3 cardamom pods, squashed
  • 1 tbsp of sour curry paste (Madras or Indian curry paste is also good)
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • A generous tbsp of flaked almonds, toasted
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 1/2 bunch of coriander/cilantro (stems and leaves), chopped
  • 1/2 lime (optional)


  1. Empty the contents of the yoghurt into a shallow dish and add the sour curry paste. Mix well until you have a smooth marinade. Place the chopped chicken into the marinade. Ensure the marinade has covered the chicken properly. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. Place the butter in a thick based pan with a lid. Add the sliced onion and cardamom pods and cook slowly over a low heat for about 15 minutes. This gives the onion a really nice texture in the rice.
  3. Add the rice and the stock. Bring to a simmer, cover with lid and cook until the rice is tender. Meanwhile, add the chicken pieces to a grill and remove when cooked through. A charcoal effect should be seen on the chicken.
  4. Remove the cardamom pods from the rice and serve onto a platter.
  5. Sprinkle on the chilli, coriander and flaked almonds.
  6. Place the chicken pieces on top of the bed of rice.
  7. Press some fresh lime over the dish to add a little extra zing (optional)

Hopefully, you’ll end up with something like this:

Plating up a mean chicken and rice dish

Plating up Yoghurt Spiced Chicken with Coriander & Almond Rice

How would you make rice more interesting? Please let me know your ideas. I am keen to try!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 rita cooks italian June 8, 2012 at 12:55 am

What a lovely spicy dish! I love basmati rice and I often enjoy eating it without adding meat or poultry! This recipe works for me with or without breast chicken. Brilliant!


2 Jacqueline June 8, 2012 at 7:59 am

Thanks Lisa for your lovely comment. I think the cardamom pods give a lovely flavour to the rice and the butter makes it richer :-)


3 Maggie June 8, 2012 at 2:14 am

Your Yogurt Spiced Chicken looks clean, fresh and sensational. Chicken marinaded in yogurt and spices, flaked almonds……I’m coming over!


4 Jacqueline June 8, 2012 at 8:02 am

Hi Maggie,
Thanks so much for paying a visit and for the lovely comment. You are welcome anytime :-)


5 lisaiscooking June 8, 2012 at 5:59 am

The chicken looks delicious on top, and the rice must be full of flavor. I love this kind of meal that’s so versatile.


6 Jacqueline June 8, 2012 at 8:03 am

Hi Lisa,
Thanks for your comment. Yes the dish is very easy to do and so perfect for me :-)


7 Monet June 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I’ve just started to enjoy rice again. We ate it constantly growing up so I took a break for a few years. Now I’m amazed at how lovely it can taste! This recipe looks delicious. Bright and flavorful. Just perfect for warmer months. Thank you for sharing with me. I hope you are having a lovely day!


8 Jacqueline June 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Thanks Monet. Here in Hong Kong, it is a bit difficult to avoid rice as it is available with all types of different Asian cuisine so it was important for me to find ways of jazzing the flavour up!


9 Camilla July 5, 2012 at 2:54 am

Made this tonight and the whole family loved it! Husband chose to have something from your blog as I said he could have any dish he liked tonight to make up for the rushed pizza we had last night; I was racing between a piano exam and a pta meeting so it was cook’s night off!


10 Jacqueline July 5, 2012 at 7:56 am

Wow! That’s quite a compliment Camilla. Thanks very much. Glad you all really enjoyed it. I really love the flavour of the rice in this recipe :-)


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