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Curried Chicken with Coconut Rice

“Mom's chicken curry is outstanding. She learned how to make it from her own mother in Sri Lanka. My recipe includes coconut rice made right in the same pot." -- Samantha Seneviratne, Food editor

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  • Servings: 8
Curried Chicken with Coconut Rice

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Everyday Food, May 2012

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken (3 1/2 to 4 pounds), cut into 10 pieces
  • 4 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger (from a 3-inch piece)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced small
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 can (13.5 ounces) unsweetened light coconut milk
  • Fresh cilantro leaves, for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with rack in lower third. Toss chicken with curry powder, cayenne, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. In a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot, heat 2 teaspoons oil over high. In batches, cook chicken until browned on all sides, about 12 minutes total. Transfer to a large plate.

  2. Reduce heat to medium and add 1 teaspoon each salt and oil, garlic, ginger, and onion. Cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon, until onion is translucent, 6 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and cook 1 minute. Add rice, coconut milk, and 2 cups water; stir to combine and bring to a boil. Arrange chicken in pot, skin side up, cover, and transfer to oven. Bake until chicken is cooked through and liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.

Cook's Notes

Chicken Prep
For tips on cutting up a chicken, visit our how-to. If you prefer all white or dark meat, substitute bone-in chicken breasts or chicken thighs.

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