Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Switching Things Up In A Curry

Rachael Ray Wednesday - Mostly Green Curry Over Coconut Jasmine Rice

Well dinner was supposed to be Italian Style Garlic Shrimp. Sounds yummy no? Well, we still don't know since Miss Forgetful over here forgot one of the ingredients for the recipe. Well actually I didn't forget it I eerrrrrr I drank it. It called for white wine and I, not realizing I needed it for this recipe, drank the last glass of it a few nights ago. I guess that will teach me to pay attention right?

So here I am, in a bit of a panic, it is time to start cooking and I have no idea what I am going to make. My son Seth was here and his answer of course was to order pizza, ummm no. 

Now I grab my cookbook and see what recipe I have the ingredients for. OK, Mostly Green Curry Chicken over Coconut Jasmine Rice. Do I have everything I need for it? BINGO gang we have a winner!! 

This was a wonderful finish to a crazy chaotic start. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this one. I have only cooked with coconut milk once before, a parchment wrapped chicken with veggies in coconut milk, and it just didn't do anything for me. But I jumped in feet first to get this one done, determined it was going to be good. WOW was I right! Not only was it good, it was fantastic! Kevin ate all of his bowl and finished mine, and Seth had quite a bit as well. 

I stayed close to the recipe on this one. I switched a yellow bell pepper for the green one, but hey the recipe said "mostly" green right? I used a large jalapeño pepper and finely chopped it. I am not sure if it was a typo or the step was just omitted for some reason, but it only says to cut it in half and seed it. Possibly I was supposed to use it in the cooking and then remove it before serving, but it didn't say that either so I made a judgement call. You know most of us here like things spicy so I was more than happy to have that jalapeño in there. 

I also added 1/2 cup cilantro instead of the 1/4 cup it called for. That was just because, well, I love, love, love cilantro so I couldn't help myself. With the scallions, I sliced about 5 or 6 because I used the green tops in place of the chives for the Aussie Meat Pie recipe. I like onions, so it worked well.

Last but certainly not least, the hot sauce. To me curry needs to have a bit of a bite. I don't mean it needs to bite your head of, but a little nibble at least is needed. The recipe says to use Tabasco to taste but, like I said in Aussie Meat Pie posting, I use Franks Red Hot or Sriracha. I used the Franks this time and a good amount. Probably about 10 to 12 shakes of the bottle. I made sure and salted well too. 

End YUMMINESS!!! Kevin said this is definitely a keeper and I 100% agree. The picture isn't the prettiest but trust me the taste is GREAT!

Oh oops I also doubled the rice part of the recipe, we like starch in this family! I think it was a good idea and you will still have enough coconut milk.

Mostly Green Curry Chicken over Coconut Jasmine Rice

  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 13 1/2 ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 4 6 to 8 ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts chopped into bite sized pieces.
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced 
  • 3 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeño, cut in half and seeded
  •  3 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • zest and juice of one lime
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves (a handful), chopped
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves (a couple of handfuls), chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • hot sauce, such as (I say Franks Red Hot) Tobasco, to taste

In a sauce pot combine 1 cup of chicken stock, 1/4 cup of the coconut milk, and the jasmine rice. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 to 18 minutes. Turn the heat off and keep the rice covered until ready to serve.

While coconut jasmine rice is cooking, preheat a large non-stick skillet over high heat with about 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Add the chicken pieces, spreading them evenly across the the pan, and brown chicken on all sides, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the browned chicken to a plate and reserve. Add the last tablespoon of the vegetable oil to the pan. Add the green bell peppers, onions, garlic, jalapeño, ginger, and broccoli florets. Cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the veggies start to wilt. To the skillet add the remaining coconut milk and 1/2 cup chicken stock. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat, and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the chicken back to the skillet, and return it to a simmer for about 2 more minutes. add the lime juice, lime zest, cilantro, scallions, parsley, and frozen peas. Stir to thoroughly combine. Simmer a minute more to heat the peas, taste, and adjust the seasoning. Add some hot sauce if you like heat. Serve over coconut jasmine rice.

Serves 4

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  1. Sounds delicious and it's always nice when dinner can come together quickly. (and I LOVE the ingredient list!)

  2. @Frank you can find it in the produce section It is also called Italian parsley I believe.

    @Ann yes it is a good feeling when it all works out :) I hope you give this one a try

  3. Sounds good, but I was drooling when you mentioned Italian Style Garlic Shrimp. Hope that recipe comes up soon!

  4. @Anonymous did you see I posted the Italian Style Garlic Shrimp?