I happen to be a huge fan of curry. And I happen to be an even bigger fan of curry when combined with a coconut sauce. For evidence, look no further than here. So it came as no surprise to me or my family when I decided to try this coconut curry variation from a recent library checkout.
The finished meal did not disappoint in the least. The flavors were so subtle yet blended perfectly. Definitely not an overpowering dish, the tender curried chicken and coconut sauce was perfect over steamed rice and my kids couldn’t get enough. Don’t be put off by the list of ingredients; after marinating the chicken for a few hours, this comes together in a snap. This proved to be a very delicious and easy meal.
Note: There have been mixed reviews on this recipe, but I continue to love it each time I make it. Addressing the issue of those who have mentioned it might be missing something, I’ve played a bit with the recipe and have found that I have better success using a yellow curry powder (mine is the Hot Madras Curry Powder by McCormick) then I do using a red curry powder. It seems to be more flavorful using this type of curry. I’ve also increased the salt just a little. The flavors of the finished dish are simple and subtle but definitely combine to be very tasty with just a faint hint of heat.
- 3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
- 1 medium red onion, chopped
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped (by seeding the jalapeno you lose most of the spice/heat but retain great flavor)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 14-ounce can light coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 3 cups hot cooked rice
- Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces. Place in medium bowl. Stir together curry, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper and chili powder. Sprinkle over chicken, tossing to coat evenly. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours.
- In a large nonstick frying pan, stir onion, basil, garlic and peppers in hot oil over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes, until onion is translucent. Add chicken and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook for 5-6 minutes until no longer pink.
- Combine coconut milk and cornstarch and whisk well to combine. Carefully add to skillet, whisking vigorously. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly. Stir in ginger. Cook and stir for another minute. Serve over hot rice.
Recipe Source: adapted from Better Homes and Gardens