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Quick Thai Chicken & Vegetable Curry

Fall 2003, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)

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Curry quick enough for a weeknight supper - especially if you use precut cauliflower and baby spinach.



READER'S COMMENT:
"This was absolutely delicious! We used a mixture of vegetables -- including mustard greens -- and 1/2 jar of red curry. Wonderful flavor. We're sure to repeat this again and again. "
Quick Thai Chicken & Vegetable Curry Recipe

Makes: 4 servings, 1 1/4 cups each

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Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1- to 2-inch-long julienne strips
  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1-2 teaspoons red curry paste, to taste (see Ingredient note)
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup “lite” coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce, or reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Lime wedges

Preparation

  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and onion; cook, stirring often, until beginning to soften, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, ginger and curry paste; stir to mix. Add chicken and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in broth, coconut milk, fish sauce (or soy sauce) and brown sugar; bring to a simmer. Add cauliflower, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and the cauliflower is tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in spinach and lime juice; cook just until spinach has wilted. Serve immediately, with lime wedges. Vegetarian variation: Substitute 1 pound extra-firm tofu (drained) for the chicken and vegetable broth for chicken broth. Per serving: 240 calories; 14 g fat (4 g sat, 1 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 16 g carbohydrate; 16 g protein; 4 g fiber; 376 mg sodium. Nutrition bonus: 88 mg vitamin c (150% dv), 30% dv vitamin a, 3 mg iron (20% dv), 16% dv fiber, 161 mg calcium (15% dv).

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  • Ingredient Note: A blend of chile peppers, garlic, lemongrass and galanga (a rhizome with a flavor similar to ginger), commercial Asian curry paste is a convenient way to add heat and complexity to a recipe. Look for it in small jars or cans in the Asian section of the store. Brands differ in spiciness so use sparingly. Once opened, it will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 year.

Nutrition

Per serving: 252 calories; 8 g fat (4 g sat, 1 g mono); 67 mg cholesterol; 14 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 3 g fiber; 357 mg sodium; 576 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: 89 mg vitamin c (150% dv), 30% dv vitamin a, 576 mg potassium (29% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 4 very lean protein, 1/2 fat


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