Monday, December 17, 2012

Coconut Curry Chicken


I’m a little bit embarrassed to admit this about myself…get ready to be shocked:  before this recipe I had never had curry before.  Ever.

I really don’t have a good excuse.  It could be that whenever the opportunity presented itself, there were other options that appealed to me more?  All I can say is that I’m sorry.  I’m sorry delicious curry, that I neglected to enjoy you for so long.  I’m sorry friends, for doubting you every time you told me how delicious it really is.  I’m sorry Hubby, for not introducing you to this wonderfulness, hence denying you/us this taste sensation.

Okay, now that the apologies are over, I’m here to tell you that this dish will absolutely be in my dinner rotation from this moment forward.  AND, I’m breaking out!  I’m going to try other curry recipes, too!  Stay tuned...

A friend of mine actually makes this a few times a month for her family and for a year she’s been telling me to try it.  Again, my friend, I’m sorry for not listening.

I adapted this recipe from the one she uses at Allrecipes.com; I also took her advice and added some veggies.
 
If you are like me, some kind of freak of nature that hasn’t had curry before, try this recipe.  Like tonight.  I’m serious.

Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T curry powder
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2/3 of a 14 ounce can coconut milk (you can also use light coconut milk for even fewer calories; my grocery store didn’t have it this time)
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed, diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (you can omit this)
  • 2 cups cauliflower, rough chopped
  • 2 cup fresh baby spinach
Preparation:
1.  Season chicken with salt & pepper and set aside.
2.  In a medium/large pot, heat oil and curry powder together and let marry for about 3 minutes.  This is key to get great flavor.


3.  Add the onions and garlic and stir to coat…sauté on low for about 5 minutes until the onions soften.

  

4.  Add the chicken and sauté until no longer pink; about 7 minutes.  It’s okay to not cook until all the way done as it’s going to simmer for 40 minutes.


5.  Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, coconut milk and sugar, and stir.


6.  Simmer slightly covered over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for approximately 40 minutes. This will thicken the sauce.
7.  In the last 10 minutes, add the cauliflower and stir.


8.  You can also add the spinach at this time; I didn’t add it to my whole pot because Hubby is not a fan…
9.  Remove from heat and serve over rice.

**My notes for slight changes that I’ll make next time (which absolutely are not necessary to improve this dish, just as a variation):  I like spice and I probably won’t add the sugar next time.  Subsequently, I will try adding a tablespoon or two of chili garlic sauce/paste for a spicier version.
Enjoy!

Nutrition:
Serves 4
Calories 370 / Carbs 23g / Fat 19g / Protein 29g / Fiber 7g / Sodium 1308mg

3 comments:

  1. Trying this tonight! Smells fab. Will let you know:)

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  2. K, had it for dinner tonight! It's was yummy, my husband who loves curry agreed. It is not at all spicy though, even my 2 yr old ate it (mashed the cauliflower), for adults only I'd def spice it up.

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  3. I love spicy, too but I have to tone it down for Hubby...my mom and I added extra chili's and it was so good! Glad you enjoyed it and than you SO much for reporting in!!

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