Coconut-Chicken Curry

Shave fresh coconut meat into strips or curls to top this Indian-inspired main dish. Toasting the coconut strips in the oven brings out their nutty flavor.

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  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 16 mins
  • Stand: 30 mins
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Coconut-Chicken Curry
Ingredients
1 1/2
pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
1/4
cup red curry paste
1
tablespoon olive oil
1
large onion, coarsely chopped
1 1/4
cups fresh coconut milk* (or one 13.5-oz. can unsweetened or reduced fat coconut milk)
1 1/2
cups purchased matchstick carrots or 3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
 
Hot cooked rice
 
Toasted Fresh Coconut Curls**
 
Fresh snipped cilantro
Directions
  1. In a bowl combine chicken and curry paste; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil, onion, and chicken mixture. Cook over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is tender and no longer pink.
  3. Remove chicken from skillet. Carefully add coconut milk to skillet, scraping up crusty bits. Add carrots and lime peel. Bring to boiling; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until carrots are crisp-tender. Return chicken mixture to skillet. Simmer, uncovered, for 3 to 5 minutes or until liquid thickens slightly. Serve with rice, coconut curls, and snipped cilantro. Makes 4 servings.
From the Test Kitchen
*Making Fresh Coconut Milk:

Cut the tip from a young coconut (photo, right). Pour out coconut liquid; scoop out coconut meat. In a blender container combine coconut liquid and meat; cover and blend until nearly smooth. Add enough chicken or vegetable broth to make 1-1/4 cups.

**Toasted Coconut Curls:

Separate coconut meat from the shell in large pieces. Slice thinly with a vegetable peeler. Arrange slices on a baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 2 to 3 minutes or until edges just start to brown. Cool on baking sheet.

Nutrition Facts (Coconut-Chicken Curry)
    Per serving:
  • 561 kcal cal.,
  • 28 g fat
  • (18 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 5 g monounsatured fat),
  • 136 mg chol.,
  • 433 mg sodium,
  • 36 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 5 g sugar,
  • 39 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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