Coconut Rice (Nigeria style)

So of late I’ve been quite interested in West African cooking (No I don’t have a man from that side of the world) for a while actually I’ve been looking for way to make plantains differently. So during my search I run into a site called My Belle Don Full and the first dish she had was this amazing sounding coconut rice. For me coconut rice has always been just that rice with coconut milk/ cream and sometimes a little sugar or chilli. What this lady had done was something totally different from our Kenyan “norm”.


She had added roast chicken, carrots, onions, fish etc to coconut rice. I found it quite interesting and just had to try it. I have done it a few times over the last few months and I LOVE it each and every time. I know it sounds unconventional but try it I promise you that you will love it.


I changed a few things a bit, for example I do not always use the carrots; I don’t think it makes such a big difference and I also do not use crayfish as I have NO idea where to get it so I substitute it with fish sauce. Do not leave this out as I think it adds an amazing flavour to the rice. I tried it without and it was not as tasty.


I really hope you will enjoy this dish, coz it is truly amazing.  Thank you amy belle don full. HAPPY COOKING!


Coconut Rice (Nigeria style)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6


  1. 2 cans of coconut cream/ milk + water if needed to make 8 cups of liquid
  2. 4 cups of Rice- cleaned
  3. 1 whole roast Chicken – I got mine from Kenchic I just asked them not to deep fry it (you can add or substitute fish, beef or goat meat)
  4. 1 Medium onion
  5. 1 small bunch of spring onions
  6. 2 tablespoon fish sauce
  7. 2-3 Scotch bonnet peppers
  8. 3 Medium carrots, grated
  9. 2 seasoning cubes (I used knorr chicken cubes)
  10. Salt to taste


Put the coconut milk in a clean saucepan and the water Add chopped chilli peppers, onions, and carrots Add the seasoning cubes, salt, fish sauce Slowly bring the coconut milk mixture to boil for approximately 10 minutes

Add the chicken, Slowly mix the ingredients in the saucepan

Add in the rice and cook for 10-15 minutes until the coconut milk starts to dry down. Reduce the heat and cover the sauce pan. Cook until the rice is ready.

If the fluid completely dries down before it is cooked you can add ½ cup of water or stock

Remove from the heat and serve immediately! HAPPY EATING!!

Coconut Rice (Nigeria style)

I had mine with watermelon juice. YUM


Written by David Mwakodi
  • Hi there. Glad I was able to inspire this dish. Looking forward to seeing you try out more of our West African fare and will definitely try some of yours!

    • Wangeci Wandere

      Will be trying your okra recipe this weekend. I have grown some in my garden and I have never eaten okra let alone try and prepare it so wish me luck. Thanx for the recipe

  • sue

    great recipe. loved it

    • Wangeci Wandere

      thanx for the response

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