Supper Time: Cumin Chicken and Coconut Rice

Hey folks,

So you know I’ve been a little busy with the whole novel writing stuff.  Its fun, this living in the head of a woman born in 1929.  Today’s post has NOTHING to do with her (because I’m pretty sure this would give her indigestion!).

KludgyMom and a few of my twitter followers have inspired and encouraged me to share a few of my favorite recipes with you. Once I figure how it’s done, I’ll make a page for these.

Today’s recipe may be a little complicated for a regular weekday meal, especially if you have a toddler under foot.  I’ve made it enough times now that I can pull it off during the week (thank you iPad for babysitting my daughter.  I owe a night out to you and the creators of all those great educational apps).  Years ago, I found a recipe for pineapple salsa and I never knew where to use it.  It was too wet for just tortilla chips and having grown up in Kansas, salsa was ONLY served with chips.  My palate and heart did a little happy dance when I found this.

Before I get down to the brass tacks, let me acknowledge that this recipe is really not mine.  It comes from Cooking Light’s Fresh Food Fast.  The cookbook isn’t available for download but I have discovered many of it’s recipes on

I’ve also made some alterations for my convenience.  I’ll star those items.  If you prefer the original recipe, you can find it here.

Cumin Chicken with Pineapple-Mint Salsa

Oxmoor House Inc


  • 1  teaspoon  ground cumin
  • 1  teaspoon  salt ***
  • 1/8  teaspoon  ground red pepper
  • 4  (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 20oz can of crushed pineapple, drained**
  • 1/2  cup  chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4  cup  finely chopped red onion
  • 2  tablespoons  rice vinegar
  • 2  teaspoons  ginger (I use Gourmet Garden Ginger spice blend.  Comes in a tube, NO MESS!)


1. Combine cumin, salt, and red pepper; sprinkle evenly over chicken.

2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken; cook 7 to 8 minutes on each side or until done.

3. While chicken cooks, combine pineapple and remaining ingredients; toss gently to blend. Serve with chicken.

Yeah, its pretty darn delicious all by itself but the rice, OH the rice.  YUM!


  • 1  (10-ounce) package frozen whole-grain brown rice (I use the boil in the bag kind)
  • 1/3  cup  slivered almonds
  • 3  tablespoons  flaked sweetened coconut
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground cumin
  • 1/8  teaspoon  salt


1. Microwave rice according to package directions. **Or boil!

2. While rice cooks, heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add almonds and coconut; cook 2 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; add rice, cumin, and salt, stirring to blend.

My toddler likes the rice but the chicken and salsa is a little spicy for her.  I will say, since this is a recipe for 4, when there are leftovers (yes, its just me and Adonis) neither of us mind this microwaved for lunch.

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6 comments to Supper Time: Cumin Chicken and Coconut Rice

  • Cold As Heaven

    Looks good. I like it hot. Enjoy your weekend >:)


  • tulpen

    Didn’t read the recipe. I don’t really cook.

    Happy Weekend!


  • Symdaddy

    She, ‘who must be obeyed’, said I have to give this one a try.


  • Coffeypot

    Sounds delish!

    My favorite recipe is Keurig coffee. First you make sure you have an adequate supply of water in the water container. Then you select the flavor of coffee that will best satisfy your taste buds. Next you open the top and place the cup into the opening, then close the lid. Next you select the amount of coffee you need and push that button. Within 30 seconds you have a fresh, hot cup of coffee. Add shit to it if you like. I prefer my black.

    Feel free to copy and use this recipe because I don’t have a patent or a copyright on it.


  • lifebeginsat30ty

    You’re writing a novel?!? A woman in 1929? Do tell!


  • injaynesworld

    OMG that looks good! I suck at cooking. If it can’t be thrown on a George Foreman grill or tossed in a microwave, it will not find itself in my kitchen. Maybe you could just invite me to your place…

    Good luck on the novel writing. I completely admire you.


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