Chicken Coconut Curry
A staple in Indian, Thai, and Caribbean cuisines, mild-flavored coconut milk is used to enhance everything from curries to desserts.
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- Servings: 4
Source: Everyday Food, June 2004
- 1 pound small red potatoes, halved or quartered
- Coarse salt
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, sliced crosswise into 3/4-inch-wide strips
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 3 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
- 3/4 cup canned coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
- 1/4 cup dry-roasted peanuts, chopped
In a medium saucepan, cover potatoes with salted water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer until potatoes are fork-tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain.
Meanwhile, in a bowl, toss chicken with curry powder and 1 teaspoon salt. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high heat; cook half the chicken, turning often, until browned and cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with another teaspoon oil and remaining chicken.
Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook garlic and pepper flakes in remaining teaspoon oil until fragrant, about 1 minute. In a small bowl, whisk together coconut milk, tomato paste, and 1/4 cup water. Pour into pan; add peas, and stir until liquid just begins to simmer.
Return chicken to pan along with potatoes; toss until warmed through and coated with sauce, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve topped with peanuts.