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Coconut Chicken Spears

Makes: 8 servings
Prep 35 mins Grill 10 mins
Coconut Chicken Spears
  • 8 6  inches  bamboo skewers
  • 1/2  cup  purchased unsweetened coconut milk*
  • 2  tablespoons  coconut, toasted
  • 1  teaspoon  brown sugar
  • 1  teaspoon  green curry paste*
  • 1  teaspoon  red curry paste*
  • 1  tablespoon  five-spice powder*
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 12  chicken breast tenderloins or 12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut lengthwise into 1-inch-wide strips
  • 1  tablespoon  peanut oil or cooking oil
  • 4  small coconuts, halved (optional)
  • 2  Key limes or small regular limes, sliced (optional)
  • 1  star fruit (carambola), sliced
  •  Star anise (optional)

1. Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together coconut milk, toasted coconut, and brown sugar. Divide mixture in half. Stir green curry paste into one half. Stir red curry paste into remaining half of coconut mixture. Cover sauces; refrigerate until serving time.

2. Combine five-spice powder and salt. Rub chicken strips with seasoning mixture. Place chicken strips between two sheets of plastic wrap. Gently pound with the flat side of a meat mallet to about 1/4-inch thickness. Thread chicken strips lengthwise onto bamboo skewers, keeping strips straight. Brush chicken with oil.

3. Grill chicken on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium-hot coals for 10 to 12 minutes or until no pink remains, turning once.

4. Spoon some of the green-curry-coconut sauce into each coconut half or into condiment dishes, then gently swirl in some of the red-curry-coconut sauce. Serve with lime slices, if desired, garnish with star fruit slices and star anise. Makes 8 appetizer servings.

From the Test Kitchen*
  • You can find coconut milk, green and red curry pastes, and five-spice powder in Asian specialty stores and some large supermarkets. If you cant find five-spice powder or red and green curry pastes, make your own Five-Spice Powder and substitute Curry-Coconut Sauce as directed in the following recipes.
Five-Spice Powder:
  • Combine 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 6 star anise or 2 teaspoons anise seed, 1-1/2 teaspoons fennel seed, 1-1/2 teaspoons whole Szechwan pepper or whole black pepper, and 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves in a spice grinder or blender container. Cover and blend spices to a fine powder. Store in a tightly covered container for up to 2 months. Makes 1/4 cup.
Curry-Coconut Sauce:
  • If red and green curry pastes are unavailable, make this sauce as a substitute for the coconut milk, toasted coconut, brown sugar, and curry paste mixtures used in the recipes at left. Combine 1/2 cup purchased unsweetened coconut milk, 2 tablespoons toasted coconut, 1-1/2 teaspoons of curry powder, and 1 teaspoon brown sugar. Cover and chill. Makes about 2/3 cup.
Nutrition Facts (Coconut Chicken Spears)
  • Servings Per Recipe 8,
  • cal. (kcal) 111,
  • Fat, total (g) 6,
  • chol. (mg) 25,
  • sat. fat (g) 3,
  • carb. (g) 3,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 1,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 2,
  • pro. (g) 10,
  • vit. A (RE) 0,
  • vit. A (IU) 49,
  • vit. C (mg) 5,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 4,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 4,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 194,
  • Potassium (mg) 117,
  • calcium (mg) 162,
  • iron (mg) 16,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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