Sunday, October 12, 2008

Curried Coconut Chicken

These days, anything with coconut in it attracts my attention, and this recipe just sounded so intriguing to me. I will warn you - it's not for the faint of heart. The recipe instructs you to heat oil and curry powder in a skillet. Be careful, because oil will burn quickly. It's not advisable to use olive oil for this, because it burns more easily than other oils. Vegetable oil is your best bet.

Don't be scared, though - once you get past the beginning, it's easy as can be, and it has a wonderful flavor. You can serve it with rice, couscous, flat breads, or veggies. Enjoy!

Oh, and a word to the wise - make sure you buy coconut milk, not coconut cream or cream of cocnut. I always find it in the ethnic foods section.

Curried Coconut Couscous

2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-in chunks
1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp curry powder
1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 14-oz can coconut milk
1 14-oz can diced tomatoes (fire-roasted are best)
1 8-oz can tomato sauce
3 tbsp sugar (optional)

In a large skillet, heat oil and curry powder over medium heat for two minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in onions and garlic; cook for additional 5-7 minutes, or until onion is soft and turns clear. (Add more oil if necessary.) Add chicken, tossing to coat in oil and and cook for 7-10 minutes, or until juices run clear.

Add coconut milk, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and sugar (if desired) into pan, stirring to combine. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.

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