Thursday, July 26, 2007

Thai Chicken Curry

I don't know why I don't cook from Dave Lieberman's Young and Hungry cookbook more often. The recipes I've tried have all been really tasty. Tonight I made Thai Chicken Curry:

I like this dish because the flavors marry well together and it's easy to make. Unfortunately my supermarket didn't have snow peas so I had to leave those out, but it's still a good dish without them.

Thai Chicken Curry
Dave Lieberman

2 cups white rice (basmati or jasmine is best)
1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breasts (around 2) cut into pieces
Red pepper flakes, to taste
Vegetable Oil
1 small onion, diced
I red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon sugar
Thumb-size piece of fresh ginger, grated
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
Handful of snow peas
Handful of basil, optional
Juice and zest of 1 lime Zest of 1 lime
Salt and Black Pepper

Cook the rice and set aside.

Toss the chicken strips in a bowl with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and 2 tablespoons of oil. Heat a skillet over high heat and cook the chicken until they start to brown. Once there is no pink, scoop the chicken onto a plate.

Lower the pan heat to medium-high and add a bit more oil. Slide in the onions and cook, stirring until they turn translucent (4-5 minutes). Add the red bell pepper and garlic and cook another 2 minutes. Add the curry powder, sugar and ginger and cook 1 more min. Add the broth and coconut milk and turn the heat up to high. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring often until the sauce reduces, 7-8 minutes. Slide the chicken back in and add the snow peas. Cook for a minute or two, add the basil and lime juice and zest and season with the salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over rice.
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  1. OOOh, I love curry...

    Hey, is that covered with rubber? The hammer, I mean. Seems like it might be better for my counters than the metal mace-thing.

  2. I think so. It certainly feels like rubber. The head is full of sand (or something like sand) which I guess is what makes it so heavy and so accurate.

  3. Dead blow hammer. Though it may sound like it's a Celtic sort of war hammer or something used by the Vikings, the name actually has some meaning.

    As opposed to a traditional rubber mallet who's head is solid rubber, a dead blow hammer's head is filled with lead shot or bb's or something of the sort. What this does, is when you strike something, the filler in the head absorbs the shock of the impact creating a "dead" blow as opposed to a "bouncy" one.

    So, keep this in mind when you hearing someone talking about it, but always ask, "Is that some sort of Viking weapon or something?", pretending that you don't know what one is just so you can get a laugh...I've done it many times, and am even smiling at it right now.


  4. A - you crack me up! I love the Dead Blow (although I have to admit, I liked it better when I thought it was called the DEATH Blow). It sounded much more homicidal that way. :P

    SP made me get this instead of one of the other myriad meat mallets out there for exactly that reason - he didn't want me to have a mallet that bounced all over the place.


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