Chicken in Yellow Curry

So you made yesterday’s dish, and it was obviously a success, but yesterday’s gone, man, yesterday’s gone. It’s today, and, as it happens, you’ve got to eat dinner tonight again. Also, you’ve now got this thing of curry powder that you don’t know what to do with. What are you gonna do, make the same dish again? Come on.

The following is a recipe for “a curry,” which is essentially a dish that is spiced with a “curry powder,” which is essentially a spice mixture that varies pretty widely throughout Southeast Asia. Helpful, huh? This particular curry is Thai-like—although it’s not ‘authentic’ in that it’s not got a lot of the ingredients you’d find in a real Thai curry, it’s not exactly a gringo dish either. I don’t know what kind of heat tolerance you have, but obviously use or omit the chile as you wish.

Chicken in Yellow Curry
(Serves 2)

2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
1 small onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 piece of ginger, about an inch long
1 small chile (a jalapeno will work) or a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon curry powder
3/4 of a can of coconut milk
1 lb of boneless chicken, dark or white meat, cut into bite-size pieces
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lime
a bunch of cilantro (optional)

1. Mince the onion, garlic, ginger, and chile. Put the oil in a deep skillet or pot and turn the heat to medium. Wait a minute, then add the onion, garlic, ginger, and chile, and a little salt. Cook, stirring frequently for about five minutes, until the vegetables seem tender, more like a paste. Add the curry powder and cook, stirring, for another minute.

2. Add the coconut milk and raise the heat a little. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it reduces a bit.

3. Add the chicken pieces, a few pinches of salt, and some black pepper, and cook, stirring frequently, until the chicken is cooked through, around 10-15 minutes. Chop up the cilantro leaves and add them, if you’re using them.

Serve over rice, with lime squeezed over top.

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2 Responses to “Chicken in Yellow Curry”

  1. hokiewalrus Says:

    Coconut milk? G to the ross, not interested.

  2. g00blar Says:

    Really? What a silly dislike! I advise you to reconsider your position, sir.

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