Sunday, August 4, 2013

August Recipe of the Month

Every now and then, you have a craving for something different. I had been craving Thai food lately and since my husband refuses to let me order from my local Thai place every night (something about costing too much money), I decided that maybe I should branch out and create a interesting cultural Thai dish in my own home. Except, I am a bit of a wuss, so I went to my favorite recipe website, Simply Recipes, and looked up some of their recipes for inspiration (particularly this one). I figured if it turned out that I didn't like the taste than at least it was someone else's fault and not my own, right? Well, I ended up with a dish that packs a lot of flavor and fed my hubby and I for several nights. It fulfilled my cravings and I felt a little more accomplished in the cooking department. (mental pat on the back for sure)
A great little bonus with this dish is that it is packed with antioxidants from all the seasonings and spices. So eat up and enjoy!

Basil Chicken in a Coconut Curry Sauce


  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 large red onion, chopped 
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapeƱo peppers, seeded and minced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil or grapeseed oil (I used olive)
  • 1 14-oz can coconut milk (canned is better than carton)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 Tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped (I used about 1 tablespoon of dried basil and it tasted fine to me)
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger (can be omitted - I have a love/hate relationship with ginger)
  • Cooked brown rice (I'm really lazy and used the instant bags)


1 In a small bowl, mix together the salt, ground coriander, cumin, ground cloves, cinnamon, ground cardamom, black pepper, chili powder, and turmeric. Set aside.
2 Cut chicken into small (about 1-inch) pieces. Put into a bowl and sprinkle the spice mix over all the pieces. Coat well and let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours.
I placed the spices on the whole piece of chicken and cut it after because it was easier for me but you can do it either way
3 In a large skillet heat 1 Tbsp oil on medium high heat. Add the onions and jalapeƱos and cook for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Remove the onions, peppers and garlic from the pan and put into a medium sized bowl. Set aside. Use the same pan for the next step.
4 Add 1 Tbsp oil to the skillet and heat on medium high heat. Add one half of the chicken pieces, spreading them out on the pan so they are not crowded. Brown for a few minutes on each side. When the chicken pieces are cooked through, and no pink remains, remove from pan, add to the bowl with the onions. Cook the second batch of chicken pieces the same way. Remove from pan, add to bowl with onions.
5 Add the coconut milk, minus a couple tablespoons, to the skillet. In a small bowl, mix the remaining coconut with the corn starch to dissolve the corn starch. Add the corn starch mixture back to the skillet with the coconut milk. Cook on medium heat and stir till thick and bubbly. Mix in the Worcestershire sauce. 

6 Add chicken mixture, basil, and ginger. Cook 2 minutes more to cook through.

Serve over rice.


Yield: Serves 4

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