Coconut Chicken Curry
Place chicken drumsticks in a large resealable plastic bag. Add yogurt and 1 tablespoon of the curry paste to bag with chicken; seal bag. Turn and massage chicken so all is coated with yogurt mixture. Marinate in the refrigerator at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours, turning bag occasionally.Advertisement
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a shallow baking pan with foil. Place marinated chicken on foil. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink (175 degrees F). Set chicken aside.
Meanwhile, cook rice according to package directions, omitting any added salt or fat.
In a large nonstick skillet, cook eggplant, onion, and serrano pepper in hot oil over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes or until eggplant is tender, stirring occasionally. In a small bowl whisk together coconut milk, cornstarch, remaining 1/2 tablespoon curry paste, and the salt until smooth. Add all at once to eggplant mixture. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly. Add baked chicken to skillet. Cook over medium-low heat for 2 minutes more, stirring to coat chicken with sauce. Remove from the heat. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of the garam masala; stir to combine. Set aside.
Add remaining 3/4 teaspoon garam masala, 1/4 cup cilantro, and the lime peel to the cooked rice; toss to combine. To serve, divide rice among four serving plates. Add one drumstick to each plate. Spoon remaining vegetable mixture evenly over chicken on each plate. If desired, sprinkle with additional cilantro. Serve with lime wedges to squeeze over all.
Tip: Handling Hot Peppers: Because hot chile peppers, such as serrano peppers, contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with chiles as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the chile peppers, wash your hands well with soap and water.
3 lean protein, 2 starch, 1 vegetables, 1 1/2 fat