Basil Chicken in a Coconut-Curry Sauce + Weekly Menu

When we got back from Thailand in July, my Thai cooking interest was fully piqued. I had just completed a cooking class in Thailand…and I have every intention of recreating various Thai dishes in my kitchen. As the story goes with good intentions, they don’t always come to fruition.

However, better late than never.

I can assure you that flavors combining coconut milk and basil are stemming from Thai origins. The fact that two so very different flavors can create such a unique and irresistible flavor combination ceases to amaze me. Better yet, my coconut-hating husband can never detect coconut milk in dishes like this.

While he didn’t compliment this dish’s aesthetics he was quick to compliment its flavors. As I was finishing up taking shots of this dish, he was heard yelling, “It’s really good!” from the kitchen table. Success.

As I mentioned in my last post, menu planning for this week proved to be a challenge. There are so many dishes I want to try and unfortunately, teaching on Monday and Wednesday evenings eliminate any cooking options. I love to teach, but the evening gig gets old…fast!

Weekly Menu: October 23rd-27th

I have a hockey game tonight, making my 5th and final workout for the week. I managed 2 morning workouts and a run after work yesterday. I am very glad to be back on track this week and it gives me fuel and motivation for another week!

People frequently ask why I blog or what keeps me motivated to keep blogging. The answer is for my readers and just as importantly, for myself and keeping me accountable. If I say I’m going to do something here, in writing, it’s much more likely to happen ;) So, thank you!

Question: What keeps you motivated to follow a healthy lifestyle?

Be well,


  1. This looks really yummy! We have yet to find a Thai place around us that we love, this would be the next best thing!

  2. Holy yum! I have to try this. Thai food is my favorite, but since my favorite thai restaurant gave my Grandma salmonella, I wont be going out for it any time soon.

    I think my biggest motivator for keeping up a healthy lifestyle is how much better I feel. I took a lot of days off from working out this week, and my body genuinely hurts. I get aches and pains from sitting too long, so I need the exercise to keep me from feeling like crap.

  3. Oh, I love this dish Nicole! I think I’ll make this next week for me and my SIL – love the flavors. :D

    I too think if I write it “out there” that I am much more apt. to stick to it. I am off to make your pumpkin scones! :D

  4. One of my favorite Thai dishes is essentially this recipe, using tofu. This sounds sooo good!

    Please consider submitting some of your images to They’re lovely!

    • Regan, firstly congratulations! I am new to healthyaperture and I cannot thank you enough for creating a site for stunning food photos with health in mind. Thank you for leading me there…and good luck! Cheers!

      • I know the editorial team will love your photos! So glad you submitted. And keep on submitting… you’ve got lots of great stuff on your site.

        I’m excited about promoting the site. I think it’s a much needed outlet for healthy food bloggers!

  5. Love the photo with the steam!

    Can’t wait to hear how you like the Acorn Squash!

  6. This looks so tasty, yay for Thai flavors :)

  7. This dish looks amazing!
    I love thai inspired dishes and this one looks right up my alley.
    I love what you have planned for the week. Can’t wait to see how everything turns out. :)

  8. How fun that you got to cook in Thailand! Thai is one of my favorite cuisines, so I am bookmarking this recipe for sure! How you enjoy the butternut squash mac and cheese. I made some last week and it was really delicious!

  9. MMmmmm! I love Thai food. It has been one of my favorites lately!

  10. charlie says:

    is the cholesterol coming from coconut milk? Also is this good or bad cholesterol? thx and keep the recipes coming.


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