Sunday, June 3, 2012

Curry Coconut Lime Chicken with Rice

I found this recipe on Pinterest about two months ago - Chaos In The Kitchen . We have made this dish twice since "pinning" it.  It's easy, the first time we used the grill and the second time I used my "inside grill"..... I planned tonight to grill the chicken on the grill. It's sunny and gorgeous outside, Bill went to fire up the grill and poof, we are out of gas.  Realizing this last minute and not wanting my house to smell like curry you'll enjoy the "inside grill" Bill rigged up. 

Curry Coconut Lime Chicken with Rice 
Adapted from:  Chaos In the Kitchen. 
Serves 4, Prep time 10 mins - at least 2 hr marinating chicken, Cook time 20 mins 

Ingredients List: 

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts - each breast butterflied and pounded thin 
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • zest and juice of 2 limes  
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tsp curry powder
  • I can cup coconut milk
  • pinch cayenne 
  • 2 small fresh hot chili, such as Thai or Serrano, minced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Fresh limes, cut into wedges
  • cooked rice 
How To: 
1. Trim fat from chicken breasts.  Starting on thick side, slice the breasts almost in half, then open each like a book.

Place each open breast between two pieces of plastic wrap or wax paper.  Using a small heavy pan, bottle or smooth meat mallet lightly pound out each breast into even thickness.

2. Mix all remaining ingredients except fresh cilantro and limes.

3. Add chicken and marinade to a large bowl and chill in the refrigerator for up to two hours.
Once you are ready to cook the chicken, remove each breast from the marinade.

4. Pour the marinade into a small saucepan and bring to a rolling boil.  Boil continuously for at least 2 minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn't burn.

5. Warm up your grill here - Chicken will cook quickly! - I hope you love my rigged up grill method to keep the curry smell out of the house.  
Cook the chicken in batches to prevent over crowding the pan.

Chicken will cook about 4-5 mins tops 

6. Place cooked breasts on a plate in a warm oven or under foil while cooking the remaining chicken.

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7. Sprinkle with fresh lime juice and cilantro. Serve with sauce on the side or on top.  Plate and serve hot! 

If you typically have these ingredients on hand this is a quick, cheap main dish to throw together.  It would be delicious on the grill or as kabobs and whole pieces of chicken. P.S. Use the Trader Joe's Coconut milk that is only .99 cents!