Thursday, September 23, 2021



It's now officially Fall and around here we are looking for something tasty and warming. We want a change from the grill and dinner salads and all food we enjoyed all summer.  This recipe for Coconut Curry Chicken Thighs shows up at our table every year in late September/early October and gives just the right amount of zing to a meal without a ton of carbs.  I wish I could tell you where it came from originally, but it's handwritten, we've had it a while and I keep tinkering with it.  It's quite fast and economical, so what's not to love?   I hope you'll come by and tell me what some of your cooler weather favorites are, if you're having cooler weather where you are and if not, then you can tease us about that.



6 chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on

1 tsp sea salt (or to taste)

½ tsp fresh ground black pepper

1 tbsp butter

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 tbsp red Thai curry paste

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 tbsp fish sauce (optional - not shown)

zest of 2 limes

1 can full fat coconut milk

½ cup chicken broth

½ tsp cumin seeds

½ cup chopped fresh cilantro for garnish 


Preheat oven to 400° F .

Wash and pat dry chicken thighs. Season both sides of chicken thighs with salt and pepper.

In a large oven-proof pan, melt butter. Place chicken skin-side down first and sear each side of the chicken until brown. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.

In the same skillet over medium heat add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. 

Add red curry paste, cayenne pepper, fish sauce, and lime zest. 

Then add coconut milk and chicken broth. Whisk well.

Return chicken to skillet and sprinkle cumin seeds on top. 

Transfer to oven. Roast the chicken for at least 30 minutes or until cooked through.


Top chicken with chopped cilantro before serving.  Don't like cilantro?  Thai basil is great too.  Serve with rice or riced cauliflower or creamed cauliflower or whatever side you enjoy.


Mary Jane Maffini is the award-winning author of three and a half mystery series: the Camilla Maffini mysteries, the Fiona Silk capers and the Charlotte Adams organizer mysteries – number six coming soon! With her daughter Victoria Maffini, MJ collaborated on The Book Collector Mysteries as Victoria Abbott. Victoria Abbott spent several happy years on Mystery Lovers Kitchen. MJ  is very glad to be back and Victoria is waving at you all!

The first five Charlotte Adams are being reissued by Beyond the Page Publishing. Recipes have been added and of course, the organizing tips continue! The Charlotte Adams books have recently been optioned for television films.

Organize Your Corpses was re-released as an e-book and a trade paper on May 18. There's a great deal for the e-book.   You can order it HERE!

The Cluttered Corpse was reissued on June 15th and Death Loves a Messy Desk arrived on July 13th. 

Closet Confidential was out in August.



Jordan Bingham has a tough time: she's the first person in her large family to go straight. She has learned some useful skills from her crooked relatives but she's trying to hang on to a legit job working for a curmudgeonly book collector. But of course, the bodies keep piling up.  There's lots of fun in the book collector series from Victoria Abbott.

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Lucy! There's always something wonderful happening in your kitchen!

  2. I made Tuscan bean soup last night since sweater weather seems to have arrived overnight. Love curry and coconut--this looks delicious!

    1. Thank you, Peg! Tuscan Bean Soup is always a winner! Hugs.

  3. Always looking for new chicken recipes and new books to read. Thank you.

  4. I am in the same boat: more books and more chicken recipes is road to contentment. Thanks for coming by! Hugs. MJ

  5. Happy to see you list full fat coconut milk. In an effort to try to be "good" I tried low fat. What a disappointment! No flavor.
    This sounds great.

  6. MJ, since you asked, our high temp. today is 82F! Your recipe looks great, and even though I must have thousands of chicken recipes,I'm always on an eternal hunt for what to fix with chicken to change things up! I make a mean Thai Green Curry Chicken, tweaked from an old Tyler Florence recipe years ago. I usually grow our own thai basil, and skip the cilantro.