This healthy dinner recipe is so much more than your average chicken breast recipe. You're going to come back to this meal again and again.

By Megan Soll

For a dinner option that works any night of the week, three staples will always have you covered for eating clean in a snap: chicken breast, steamed vegetables, and brown rice. This recipe makes the most of the often used ingredients by adding South Asian elements of coconut, cashews, and the golden-sweet turmeric and honey mixture. The sauce is made with turmeric, one of the most talked about superpowered spices of the moment-just look at its health benefits!) Drizzle the sauce over this dish to make it positively mouthwatering-you'll never have to suffer through plain chicken breast again.

The best part about this tasty meal is that it's ready in a snap: Make the golden sauce, spread it on the chicken, and let it bake in the oven while you mix together the brown rice, coconut, and cashews. Serve it up together with steamed broccoli, and drizzle the remnants of the sweet and savory sauce over the entire dish. Try these other whole-grain options if you need a break from the monotony of brown rice.

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Golden Chicken with Coconut Rice & Broccoli

Makes 1 serving (with extra chicken for leftovers)


2 teaspoons honey

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

2 chicken breasts, about 4 ounces each

1/2 cup cooked brown rice

2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes

1 tablespoon lime juice

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

2 tablespoons cashews, chopped

1 1/2 cups steamed broccoli


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix honey, oil, turmeric, salt, and pepper. Place chicken on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  2. Spread honey-turmeric mixture on top of the chicken. Bake for about 25 minutes, until chicken is 165°F. (Save half the chicken for tomorrow's lunch.)
  3. Mix brown rice with coconut flakes, lime juice, cilantro, and cashews. Serve rice mixture with chicken and broccoli.

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