Yam (Taro) and Chicken in Coconut Gravy 芋头椰子鸡

Yam (Taro) and Chicken in Coconut Gravy 芋头椰子鸡

My family were invited over to a dear friend's house for gathering. The host is a very good cook, she single handedly prepared an elaborate and awesome meal for us and no doubt, we had a feast! On the table there were bacon wrapped enoki rolls, soy sauce chicken, stir fried vegetables... and this, yam and chicken in coconut gravy. 

I bet this must be the last dish I tried, mainly due to its plain and unappealing look. Hey, we are all attracted to colorful dishes, don't we?

Then, I took a bite of it, and I goes 'Ooh that is sooo good!'

One bite, and I was overwhelmed with the beautiful fragrant of coconut milk. The coconut milk in the gravy gives the dish a luxurious and rich texture at the same time delivers big flavors. We enjoyed every single dish she served us, but this, yam and chicken cooked in coconut gravy, particularly stands up to me. Perhaps because I didn't have much expectation to start with due to its plain looking appearance. 

Coconut milk is a very popular ingredient in Asian cuisine, it is used the same way like western cuisine utilize cream - to produce a creamy texture and imparts a unique aroma to the dish. Coconut milk is often used in curry dishes, and even dessert. Although sometimes substituted with plain milk, it would never taste the same.

Shallots is a great flavor partner with coconut milk, it added piquancy to the gravy and produce a great tasting dish. Together, they made this dish irresistibly good!

Yam (Taro) and Chicken in Coconut Gravy

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 250g yam, sliced
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 slices ginger
  • 4 shallots, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 chicken
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 200ml thick coconut milk
Cooking Directions
  1. In a pan, heat 2 tbsp oil and pan fry yam to brown the surface. Set aside.
  2. In a pot, heat 2 tbsp oil, stir fry A until fragrant.
  3. Add B into the pot, lightly brown the chicken.
  4. Add water to the pot, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Add in the yam and cook for another 10 minutes.
  5. Add in coconut milk and cook for 10 minutes or until the gravy thicken.

  • 2大匙油
  • 250克芋头,切片


  • 2大匙油
  • 2片生姜
  • 4个葱头,切片
  • 4瓣大蒜,切碎


  • 1/2只鸡
  • 1汤匙酱油
  • 1/4茶匙盐
  • 1小匙糖


  • 1杯水
  • 200毫升浓椰浆


  1. 在平底锅,烧热2汤匙油,油锅内炒熟芋头直到表面棕色。 备用。
  2. 在另一个锅里,加热2汤匙油,翻炒爆香A。
  3. 将B加入放入锅中,炒香鸡。
  4. 锅中加入水,盖上锅盖煮15分钟。加入芋头再煮10分钟。
  5. 加入浓椰浆,继续煮10分钟或直到酱汁变浓。

his post is linked to the event Little Thumbs Up ~ October 2015
Event Theme : Coconut

and hosted by Jess of Bakericious


  1. Hi, can we use coconut cream if we can't find thick coconut milk?

  2. Hi, can we use coconut cream if we can't find thick coconut milk?

    1. Do you mean something like the Kara UHT Coconut Cream? Yes the Kara one can but other type I am not sure.


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