Daab Chicken Recipe | Chicken Stuffed in Coconut

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Daab chicken is a wonderful imitation of Daab prawns which is an authentic, delicious Bengali dish.

Here this recipe replaces prawns with small pieces of chicken. The creamy, tender, mildly sweet coconut lends a great texture and taste to the marinated chicken.

Small pieces of chicken well marinated with a host of heart-warming spices and coconut flesh steamed in a tender coconut make the dish an aromatic delicacy.

To prepare chicken stuffed in coconut, the coconut is usually opened at the top, and the water is drained out.

Daab Chicken

Key Takeaways:

  • Daab Chicken is a variation of the authentic Bengali dish Daab Prawns, where prawns are replaced with small pieces of chicken.
  • The dish is made by marinating chicken with spices and stuffing it inside a green coconut, which lends a creamy and mildly sweet flavor.
  • The coconut is opened at the top, water is drained, and the flesh is scraped to create space for the chicken.
  • The coconut is sealed with wheat dough or aluminum foil and cooked by steaming it in a pan or pressure cooker.
  • Daab Chicken is served hot and can be enjoyed with plain boiled rice, roti, or paratha. It offers a creamy, coconut-infused taste with tender and juicy chicken.

The Ingredients:

Daab Chicken Ingredients

  • Boneless Chicken: 500 gm (Cut into small pieces and properly washed)
  • 1 green coconut
  • 1 medium sized onion finely chopped
  • 1 tomato properly sliced
  • Green chillies: 2 green-coloured chillies and 3 red chillies
  • 2 tablespoons ginger-garlic paste
  • Vinegar
  • Turmeric powder: ½ tsp
  • Red chilli powder: ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder: ½ tsp
  • Cumin powder: ½ tsp
  • Colour red chilli powder (Kashmiri red chilli): ½ tsp
  • Garam masala: ½ tsp
  • Home-made roasted spice: ½ tsp
  • Tightly kneaded wheat dough
  • Aluminium foil
  • Mustard oil (you can use refined oil)
  • Salt to taste

How to Make Daab Chicken (Step by Step Images)?

1. Add chopped onion, sliced tomatoes, salt, spices, ginger-garlic paste, ½ tsp of vinegar and 3tbl tablespoons of mustard oil to boneless chicken cubes. Mix well. Set aside for 10 minutes.

Add chopped onion, sliced tomatoes, salt, spices, ginger-garlic paste, ½ tsp of vinegar and 3tbl tablespoons of mustard oil to boneless chicken cubes step by step image

2. Open the green coconut. Pour coconut water into a bowl. You don’t need to take out the flesh. Instead, take a spoon, scrape it inside and make a slightly smooth paste.

Scrape green coconut flesh

3. Stuff the marinated chicken inside the coconut.

Stuff the marinated chicken inside the coconut

4. Add 3 tablespoons of coconut water. Do the necessary adjustments to make sure that the coconut water goes inside.

Adding coconut water into the chicken

5. Spread the aluminium foil over the open mouth of green coconut and then seal it with the wheat dough.

Seal green coconut

6. Pour sand in a pan. You can use salt instead of sand.

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Pour sand in a pan

7. Put a stand on the sand.

Put a stand on the sand

8. Place the green coconut on the stand.

Place the green coconut on the stand

9. Cover it with a large-sized pan. Steam it for 30 minutes on high flame. Turn off the oven. Wait for a few minutes. Let it cool.

Cover it with a large-sized pan and Steam

10. Remove the lid.

Remove the lid

11. Take out the green coconut. Remove the dough and aluminium foil.

Take out the green coconut and remove the dough and aluminium foil

12. Take out the chicken stuffed inside green coconut and put it on a plate. Sprinkle the kernel over the dish. The mild bite and taste that it infuses into the dish make it super yummy.

Daab chicken is ready

Pro Tips for Cooking Daab Chicken

While you are cooking the Daab Chicken you must take care certain aspects like:

Selecting a coconut: You must select a coconut which has a kernel inside it. Otherwise it is of no use to the whole recipe.

Chicken pieces: You must take only the soft and juicy boneless pieces of the chicken.

Serving: While you will take the chicken out of the coconut finally after the it is done, then make sure you properly remove the sealing.

Pressure cooking: You can cook the dish in a pressure cooker or in an oven.

What to Serve with Daab Chicken?

Here are some traditional and complementary dishes that you can serve with Daab Chicken:

Steamed Basmati Rice: The fragrant long-grain basmati rice makes a perfect accompaniment to Daab Chicken. Its neutral flavor complements the rich and creamy chicken curry.

Roti or Naan: Indian breads like roti or naan are great options to mop up the flavorful curry. They provide a contrast in texture and add a wholesome element to the meal.

Vegetable Pulao: If you prefer a more elaborate rice dish, vegetable pulao can be a delightful choice. It combines aromatic rice cooked with vegetables, spices, and sometimes nuts for added texture and flavor.

Remember, these are just some suggestions, and you can choose the sides based on your personal preferences and the preferences of your guests. Enjoy your meal!

How Does Daab Chicken Recipe Taste?

Daab Chicken is a flavorful and aromatic dish that offers a unique taste profile. The combination of tender coconut and spices infuses the chicken with a rich and creamy flavor. Here’s a breakdown of the taste components:

Creamy: The use of tender coconut in the recipe lends a creamy texture and taste to the chicken curry. The coconut flesh and its natural juices create a luscious sauce that coats the chicken, adding a smooth and velvety element to the dish.

Coconut Flavor: The dish prominently features the distinct flavor of coconut. The tender coconut imparts a mildly sweet and nutty taste that blends well with the spices and chicken. It adds a tropical and exotic note to the overall taste experience.

Rich and Spicy: Daab Chicken is known for its rich and spicy flavors. The combination of aromatic spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric, ginger, and garlic creates a depth of flavor that is balanced by the natural sweetness of the coconut. The spices contribute warmth and complexity to the dish.

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Overall, Daab Chicken offers a delicious blend of creamy, coconutty, spicy, and tangy flavors. The dish is known for its unique and satisfying taste, which is best enjoyed with complementary sides like rice or bread.

Daab Chicken Alternatives

If you’re looking for alternatives to Daab Chicken, here are a few Bengali chicken dishes that you might enjoy:

Butter Chicken (Murg Makhani): Butter Chicken is a popular North Indian dish that has gained popularity across the country, including in Bengal. It consists of succulent pieces of chicken cooked in a rich and creamy tomato-based gravy. It is typically served with naan bread or rice.

Chicken Bharta: Chicken Bharta is a flavorful Bengali dish made with shredded chicken cooked in a spicy onion and tomato gravy. It has a smoky and slightly charred flavor due to the process of bhuna (roasting) the chicken. It pairs well with roti or paratha.

Chicken Rezala: Chicken Rezala is a Mughlai dish that is popular in Bengal. It features chicken cooked in a creamy white gravy made with yogurt, cashews, and poppy seeds. It has a mild and aromatic flavor profile with hints of cardamom and saffron. It is often served with naan or biryani.

Kosha Mangsho: While not a chicken dish, Kosha Mangsho is a traditional Bengali mutton curry that can be adapted to chicken as well. It is a slow-cooked dish where the meat is marinated in spices and then cooked until tender in a thick and flavorful gravy. It pairs well with steamed rice or luchi (deep-fried puffed bread).

Chicken Korma: Chicken Korma is a rich and creamy Mughlai dish that features chicken cooked in a yogurt and nut-based gravy. It has a mild and delicate flavor profile with a hint of sweetness. It is often served with naan, rice, or pulao.

These are just a few alternatives to Daab Chicken that you can explore to experience different flavors and textures in Bengali chicken dishes.

Recipe Card:

Daab Chicken

Daab Chicken (Chicken Stuffed in Coconut)

By Mita Mondal
Daab chicken or chicken stuffed in coconut refers to a dish where marinated chicken is stuffed and cooked inside a coconut. It is a traditional dish found in some Southeast Asian cuisines.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 307 kcal


  • 500 g Boneless Chicken (cut into small pieces and properly washed)
  • 1 piece Green coconut
  • 1 piece Onion (medium sized, finely chopped)
  • 1 piece tomato (properly sliced)
  • 2 pieces Green chili
  • 3 pieces Red chili
  • 2 tablespoon Ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon Vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon Turmeric powder
  • ½ tablespoon Red chilli powder
  • ½ tablespoon Coriander powder
  • ½ tablespoon Cumin powder
  • ½ tablespoon Kashmiri red chili
  • ½ tablespoon Garam masala
  • ½ tablespoon Home-made roasted spice
  • 3 tablespoon Mustard oil
  • Salt to taste
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Non Edible

  • Tightly kneaded wheat dough
  • Aluminium foil


  • In a bowl, combine chopped onions, sliced tomatoes, salt, spices, ginger-garlic paste, ½ tsp vinegar, and 3 tablespoons of mustard oil with boneless chicken cubes. Mix well and let it marinate for 10 minutes.
  • Open a green coconut and pour the coconut water into a separate bowl. Do not remove the flesh. Instead, use a spoon to scrape the inside and create a slightly smooth paste.
  • Stuff the marinated chicken inside the coconut.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of coconut water to the coconut. Adjust as needed to ensure the coconut water goes inside.
  • Cover the open mouth of the coconut with aluminum foil and seal it with wheat dough.
  • Place sand (or salt) in a pan and put a stand on top.
  • Put the green coconut on the stand.
  • Cover it with a large-sized pan and steam it on high flame for 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
  • Remove the lid.
  • Take out the green coconut and remove the dough and aluminum foil.
  • Transfer the chicken stuffed inside the green coconut to a plate. Sprinkle the coconut kernel over the dish. The mild bite and flavor it adds make it incredibly delicious.


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Nutrition Info (Estimation Only)

Nutrition Facts
Daab Chicken (Chicken Stuffed in Coconut)
Amount per Serving
Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
Monounsaturated Fat
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Daab Chicken is a unique and delightful recipe which is a variation in traditional Bengali style Daab Prawn.

The tender prawns are replaced by boneless chicken nicely cooked with creamy coconut kernel and usual ingredients.

It pairs well with roti, paratha and even with rice. Try this at your home; it is undoubtedly one of the most delicious innovations straight out of Mita’s kitchens.

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