Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Coconut Curry with Chicken

I brought some unfamiliar culture to our dinner plates last night.

I tried cooking a Thai dish for the very first time. Trying a new style of cooking was a risk, but I'm glad that I took it. My husband and I both enjoyed this meal, and I look forward to trying more Thai dishes in the future!

I decided to try something new only 10 minutes before I went grocery shopping last night. I did a quick search online, and found a good recipe to try. I was getting a little tired of the same old stuff, and Thai sounded like the perfect fix. Thai is way out of my comfort zone, but the Bangkok Curry dish I tried at Noodles and Company last week made me feel adventurous. I searched for a copy cat recipe, and found something very similar.


Original Recipe found by clicking here.

Of course, I made some modifications of my own to this recipe:

Coconut Curry with Chicken
Serves 8
Nutrition per serving: 265 calories; 6.5 fat; 33 carbs; 15.5 protein

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb rice noodles
  • 1 cup frozen broccoli, cooked as directed
  • 1 cup carrots (matchstick or julienne cut)
  • ½ cup red peppers (matchstick or julienne cut)
  • 1 cup fresh sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp Thai curry paste (red or green)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can “lite”coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce, low sodium
  • ½ cup sweet chile sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 lb. cooked diced chicken


Directions
  1. Cook noodles as directed. Drain.

  2. Place large sauté pan over high heat. Add olive oil and sauté mushrooms until lightly golden.

  3. Add cooked diced chicken, coconut milk and Thai curry paste.

  4. Add carrots, broccoli, peppers, ginger, sweet chile sauce, soy sauce, and noodles to pan. 

  5. Toss once or twice to coat all ingredients well with sauce.

  6. Place on platter and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

If you were to ever consider giving a Thai dish a try, I'd say this is the perfect recipe to start with. The recipe wasn't too intimidating for a beginner, the ingredients were easy to find in our local grocery store and it turned out to be very simple to make. Not to mention, the flavors in this dish were good enough to make me want to cook Thai style again and again!

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