Thai-Inspired Coconut Mango Chicken with Sticky Coconut Rice

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Coconut Mango Chicken with Coconut Sticky Rice via @poorandpretty

I’m not an adventurous eater or cook, so it’s actually very surprising that I had Thai food a few weeks ago with my Dad and brother and loved it. Mind you, it was pretty tame for Thai — I don’t like spicy stuff, peanut sauce, or seafood, which rules out most Thai. But I did eat the most delicious coconut mango chicken at Somewhere in Bangkok and I knew I had to recreate it at home. I pretty much nailed it. Stan thinks it might be my best dinner ever.

Thai-Inspired Coconut Mango Chicken with Sticky Coconut Rice
Serves 4
Lightly pan-fried chicken and peppers are soaked in a sauce of coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and curry powder, then topped with chunks of mango.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
For the Coconut Mango Chicken
  1. 1.5 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. 1 green pepper
  3. 1 red pepper
  4. 1 mango
  5. 1 cup coconut milk
  6. 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  7. 2-3 tsp coconut oil, divided
  8. 1 tsp fresh, crushed ginger, divided
  9. 1 clove minced garlic
  10. 1/4 tsp curry powder
  11. salt and pepper for seasoning
For Sticky Coconut Rice
  1. 2 cups jasmine rice
  2. 3 cups coconut milk
  3. 1/4 cup water
  4. 1 tbs coconut oil
For the Coconut Mango Chicken
  1. Pound the chicken breasts until reasonably thin, then lightly season with salt and pepper.
  2. Melt 2 tsp of coconut oil in a wok or large frying pan.
  3. Add 1/2 tsp of ginger and your garlic to the pan and let sizzle until browning and fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  4. Add as much of your chicken as you can fit and cook on medium-high heat for 3 minutes on each side.
  5. While the chicken is cooking, cut the peppers into strips and dice the mango.
  6. Remove the cooked chicken from the pan and set aside. If you have more chicken to cook, add another teaspoon of coconut oil and repeat step four. Remove all chicken from pan.
  7. Turn the heat down to low and add the mango to the pan. Let cook for 30 seconds, then remove and set aside.
  8. Turn the heat back up to medium-high heat and add the chicken or vegetable broth, coconut milk, 1/2 tsp ginger, and curry powder to the pan. Stir with a whisk until well-blended and smooth.
  9. Cook the sliced peppers in this mixture for about 8 minutes, or until tender.
  10. Add the chicken back into the pan and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  11. When you are ready to serve, toss the mango in the sauce and enjoy!
For the Sticky Coconut Rice
  1. The rice is pretty easy! Prepare as you normally would, you're just substituting most of the water for coconut milk. I put all of the ingredients into my rice cooker and let it do it's thing.
Notes
  1. Start your rice before you make the chicken because it will likely take between 20-30 minutes to cook. You won't want to be stuck making it after the chicken is done!
  2. I served this with jasmine tea and for dessert? More mango!
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DIY Beauty: All-natural bright & fresh strawberry face mask

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How about starting off the new year with a bright & fresh face? This is yet another easy mask, made with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Let’s get to it!

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Bright & Fresh Strawberry Honey Face Mask. This should make 4-5 applications, which you can store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a week.

Ingredients:

  • 4 strawberries — rich in vitamins A & C, contain salicylic acid, which rids the skin of dead cells and heals & dries acne
  • 1 tbs unsweetend coconut milk — high in antioxidants, removes dirt build-up, replaces moisture in dehydrated skin
    • I highly recommend using coconut milk (you can use the rest to make these coconut cupcakes!), but you can use soy or regular milk as substitutes if you need to.
  • ½ tbs honey — antibacterial, great humectant (it rehydrates skin by drawing on moisture from the air)

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Step One: Cut off the strawberry leaves. But don’t throw them away! You can boil the leaves and use the water as an astringent after you rinse off your mask.

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Step Two: Mash up the strawberries in a blender, food processor, or with a fork if you need to get some aggression out ;)

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Step Three: Add in the coconut milk and honey, and mix well.

Step Four: Apply to your face with your fingertips, carefully avoiding your eyes. Let sit for 15-20 minutes, until dry. Enjoy the Fruit Rollup scent.

Step Five: Rinse thoroughly, massaging the strawberry mixture over your skin gently as you rinse. This gives your face a little extra exfoliation.

Follow up with an astringent and your favorite moisturizer. Enjoy your deliciously-scented, super smooth skin!

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Recipe: Cuckoo for Coconut Cupcakes

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Happy Winter officially! Suzi and I made these snowball-looking coconut cupcakes for our uncle’s Christmas party this weekend, inspired by my Cuckoo for Coconut cupcake soaps (below), and a recipe from Georgetown Cupcake (though we made a few edits). They’re perfect for holiday or New Year’s Eve parties!

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My Cuckoo for Coconut cupcake soap! (You can purchase one here.)

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Winter skincare tips & top picks

Remember my Summer Skincare Tips post? I thought I’d do another for winter. I know it isn’t officially winter yet, but since we saw our first snow fall earlier this week, I’m thinking it’s close enough. Truthfully, many of the tips I shared in my summer post are relevant for winter skincare, but given how dry the air is, it’s even more important to stay hydrated and moisturized. Here are my favorite ways to do so…

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1. Drink lots of water or coconut water. Some people aren’t big on the taste of coconut water, but if you can get past that, it really is an amazing hydrator — some say it hydrates even better than water because it’s choc full of electrolytes. It’s also rich in potassium. Try adding it to smoothies if you don’t like the taste.

2. We’re all tempted to take hot baths or showers in the winter to stay warm, but this can actually dry out your skin. So if you do take a bath, try to keep it warm rather than hot and add some milk and honey to your bathwater. As celebrity esthetician Catherine Ianelli says in her milk and honey bath soak recipe, “milk makes the skin soft, is rich in AHA’s (alpha hyroxy acids), which promote exfoliation, and gives the skin a glowing complexion.”

3. Just as it’s important to exfoliate your face, it’s crucial to exfoliate your body, too, especially in the winter. My homemade vanilla coconut sugar scrub is my go-to body scrub. The sugar gets rid of dry, flaky skin and the coconut oil swoops in to moisturize. I’m also partial to my Jar of Frosting, a whipped soap body scrub made with jojoba beads to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize.

4. My Coco Body Balm packs a super-moisturizing punch because it’s made from cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil. Liquid lotions tend to contain chemical preservatives, whereas my Coco Body Balm is entirely natural, and therefore entirely good to your skin. I use it on particularly dry patches of skin like my elbows, knees, heels, and slather it on my hands before I go to bed.

5. Whether or not you’re prone to dry skin, it’s better to use a natural bar soap for your face in the winter. Not just any bar soap, of course, you’ll want one specifically formulated for the sensitive skin on our face. Why? Because natural facial bar soaps are made with skin-loving oils that provide your skin with more moisture rather than removing it. Most liquid face washes contain surfactants (also in household cleaning products!) which strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving your face too dry. I like this oatmeal & lavender facial cleansing bar from Blissoma.

6. Hopefully, if you’ve followed all of the above steps, your skin will be well-moisturized, but if you need a little extra help, you’ll want to keep a face serum handy. Facial serums can be pricey, but they are packed with rejuvenating oils, so you only need a few drops for your whole face. The best serums — like this Organic Face Serum from Antho — contain Rosehip and Argan oils, loaded with powerful antioxidants and natural essential vitamins.

What do you do to keep your skin soft in the winter?

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DIY Beauty: Vanilla coconut sugar scrub

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DIY Vanilla Coconut Sugar Scrub via Poor and Pretty

This is a luxurious twist on my classic sugar scrub recipe, using coconut oil instead of safflower oil, and adding a dash of vanilla essential oil for a decadent fragrance!

Ingredients:

  • 1⅓ cup all-natural cane sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • a few drops of vanilla essential oil

DIY Vanilla Coconut Sugar Scrub via Poor and Pretty - grind sugar

I always like to grind up my cane sugar in a mortar and pestle first, so it’s not as rough on your skin. You want it to be a little rough so that it gets rid of dry skin, but you don’t want it to scratch you! This step isn’t strictly necessary.

DIY Vanilla Coconut Sugar Scrub via Poor and Pretty - add coconut oil

Add your sugar to a bowl, then add the coconut oil and vanilla essential oil. Note: Coconut oil is funky in that it is solid at room temperature, but melts at about 76º F. Unless you live in a tropical region, you will probably need to melt down your coconut oil first {I just put it in the microwave for 30 second intervals until it melts}.

DIY Vanilla Coconut Sugar Scrub via Poor and Pretty - mix

Mix all of your ingredients together! Do it fairly quickly, before the coconut oil solidifies again.

DIY Vanilla Coconut Sugar Scrub via Poor and Pretty - put in container

Put it into a jar and use it within 6 months! :) Because cane sugar is pretty rough, I wouldn’t recommend using this on your face.

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