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Friendly Fridays – Roshanis Coconut Chicken Cups

For an appetizer that’s bursting with flavor, you can’t go past these Thai-Indian fusion style coconut chicken cups

Coconut Chicken Cups with Indian spices

I am back with a Friendly Fridays post dear friends! I love sharing recipes of friends here on TKD. You all loved Avanti’s nut free banana bread (recipe here) a lot and that makes my heart happy. So many of us are just naturals in the kitchen, some are “follow a recipe” experts and some cook to just eat. But we are friends – irrespective of our skill set in the kitchen. Which of course does not matter much. What matters is that I have a platform and I have you – all my wonderful readers and my virtual friends. And I love to share with you, recipes from my friends who do not have a way to reach thousands of people like TKD does. So here we are! I feel privileged to be sharing Roshani’s Coconut Chicken Cups recipe today.

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A little bit about Roshani first. I “met” Roshani on Instagram. Yup the wonderful, expansive and mystic world of social media. She and her husband were moving in to town from up North and she was searching about our little town and its people on Instagram. She stumbled on my profile and sent me a message. That’s it – a friendship was twisting and turning under the soil waiting to break ground. Once in town, some texts, coffee and dinners nurtured it and it blossomed. Cheesy? I know, but anyhow Roshani and Saurabh are wonderful and great company to be around.

Few weeks ago, we got together at Roshani’s house for dinner and she served these Coconut Chicken Cups as appetizers. Roshani is a big follower of The Kitchen Docs and when I asked if she would like to share her recipe for Friendly Fridays, she happily agreed.

Think of this recipe as dry version of luscious coconut chicken curry nestled in a baked dough cup. Spicy, flavorful, tender chicken perfection in every bite. For these coconut chicken bites, Roshani suggests making the filling by sauteeing some ginger garlic and onion together and then adding seasonings followed by chicken breast chopped into small cubes. Coconut milk, cilantro and lemon juice finish the filling for the coconut chicken bites. For the dough she suggests using all purpose flour, a little bit oil and salt to make a soft dough and then bake it in muffin pans to make cups for the chicken filling.

Here is a printable version:
Coconut Chicken Cups with Indian spices
4.5 from 6 votes

Roshani's Coconut Chicken Cups

For an appetizer that's bursting with flavor, you can't go past these Thai-Indian fusion style coconut chicken cups

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Coconut Chicken Cups
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10


For the dough to make cups

  • 1 1/3 cup All purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water or as needed

For the coconut chicken filling

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 big white onion, finely chopped about 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste see notes
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste see notes
  • 1 1/2 chiken breast about 0.75 lb
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder like the one you use to make chili
  • 2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 tablespoon pureed tomatoes about half a tomato
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 10 sprigs cilantro leaves stripped and chopped
  • 1/2 lime/lemon juiced


Start by making the dough

  1. Mix all the dough ingredients and make a soft dough. Alternately, you could use store bought pizza dough.

Baking the dough cups

  1. Grease a muffin pan using oil spray. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F or 175 degrees C

  2. Divide the dough equally into 20 small balls. Roll the balls into small discs and press into each muffin pan cavity to form a cup.

  3. Bake the dough cups for 15 to 18 minutes. Watch till the edges turn golden brown.

Prepare the Coconut chicken filling

  1. While the dough cups are baking, prepare the filling. Start by chopping the onion, cubing chicken breast into small (1/2 inch) cubes, mincing ginger and garlic (or use store bought pastes)

  2. Set a heavy bottomed skillet over medium high heat and add olive oil. Once the oil is nice and shiny, add the chopped onions and cook for 5-7 minutes.

  3. Once the onions are almost browned, add ground ginger and garlic and sauté well.

  4. Once the raw smell of ginger garlic is cooked away add the chicken breast cubes

  5. Sauté the mixture for a bit, add garam masala powder and a chili powder. Mix and add the tomato puree.

  6. Add water and cook for 5 minutes. Once the chicken is almost done, add coconut milk and sauté till all the liquid is soaked by the chicken.

  7. Season with salt and pepper. Check for seasoning, add chopped cilantro and lemon juice. Cook for a minute or two and turn the heat off.

Assemble the cups

  1. When the dough cups are done baking, remove the pans from the oven. Add about 1.5 tablespoon of coconut chicken filling to each cup and bake for five more minutes

  2. Take the coconut chicken cups out from the oven and serve warm!

Recipe Notes

You can use store bought ginger-garlic paste instead of fresh minced ginger and garlic.

You can also use store bought pizza dough instead of making your own dough.

Coconut Chicken Cups with Indian spices

If you make these, make sure to share your pictures on social media and tag The Kitchen Docs (Facebook, Instagram). This will make both Roshani, me and your tummies very happy!

Love – Vaishali.

Tools used:


Measuring cups: Measuring Spoons:

Muffin Pan: Skillet:

Chopping Board: Knives:





  1. Adaezeboltbethel

    November 20, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Wow, you always have something special to share weekly. You are such an inspiration. This plate looks yummy

  2. Sydney

    November 20, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Those look delicious! I’ll definitely have to add that to my recipe collection!

  3. Neil Alvin Nicerio

    November 20, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Whoa, I just had breakfast but when I saw this, I got hungry again. Hope to taste that someday.

  4. McKenzie

    November 20, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Wow this looks so yummy!! I need to give this a try for sure!!

  5. Karminity

    November 20, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    5 stars
    I’ll definitely try this Recipe out. It looks amazing.

  6. Indu

    November 20, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Seems to be nutritious and delicious . Wonderful recipe for party time.

  7. jeferson

    November 21, 2018 at 7:23 am

    this is one of the best way to prepare chicken ….this one got me by the coconut….

  8. Poorna Banerjee

    November 21, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    I absolutely loved the use of the bread as cups – so simple and yet, smart! Will try these out!

  9. MAYSZ

    November 21, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    5 stars
    I love chicken so much! This recipe looks so yummy! I can’t wait to do this for myself. This is unique!

  10. Hunny Bohra

    November 22, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    3 stars
    Hey , this seems a unique recipe. Too bad I can’t try ‘cos I’m a vegetarian.

    1. Vaishali

      November 22, 2018 at 12:55 pm

      Make it with paneer. Even better..:)

  11. Shanab

    November 22, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    5 stars
    “Luscious coconut chicken nestled in a baked dough cup” it sounds divine!

  12. Kendra

    November 24, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    These sound so amazing! I bet they’d be perfect appetizers to serve during the holidays.

  13. Sheena Moncatar

    November 24, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you so much Roshani for guesting on Kitchen Docs Friendly Friday, like you I am also their big fan. And as always thank you to Kitchen Docs for providing a printable version of Roshani’s Coconut Chicken Cups.

  14. Sharilee

    January 17, 2019 at 8:09 am

    This is a different kind of appetizer. Looks yummy!!

  15. Vasundhra

    November 1, 2019 at 10:19 am

    4 stars
    I would definitely try the vegetarian variation to this recipe and see how it goes!

    1. Vaishali

      November 1, 2019 at 11:41 am

      Thanks Vasundhra! It’s a great idea. What are you thinking? Mushrooms, paneer or something else?

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