Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Basil Chicken in Coconut-Curry Sauce

Today I found out that I will indeed get to graduate with my Bachelor's Degree in May!!! Wa-hoo! Years of changing majors and taking countless classes (many of which don't even count towards my degree now), taking a break from school to serve a mission and then having to put it off again after an evil case of Mononucleosis (worst experience of my life!!! Always make sure that you get PLENTY of rest!), will finally pay off and I will get to leave school behind and move on in the world! My hubby graduates this fall and is itching like crazy to move and start a family, which I second whole heartedly! Alas I still have a year to go after graduation to get my Secondary Ed. Li censure. But I am loving most of my classes and finally see the light at the end of the tunnel so yes I am a bit excited! I guess in honor of my euphoria we dined on something with a kick to it . . . Basil Chicken with Coconut Curry Sauce. I made this for some friends a couple of months ago and it rocked the house! My hubby LOVES spicy food so this was right up his alley, but you can make it as hot or mild as your heart desires (or can handle!) I LOVE cooking with coconut milk! There is an amazing Thai restaurant in my home town that serves the BEST curry (and Sushi) which we love to hit whenever we can! Onto za chow!
Basil Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce
Recipe by: Emily

4 Skinless Chicken breast halves
2 tsp Curry Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black pepper
1/4 tsp Chili powder
1 Large Red Onion, Chopped
5 Cloves Garlic, minced
2 fresh Jalapenos, seeded and finely chopped
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 13.5 oz can unsweetened Coconut Milk
1 Tbsp Cornstarch
3 Tbsp snipped fresh Basil
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
3 cups hot cooked Rice

1. Cut chicken into 1 inch pieces. Place in a medium bowl. In a small bowl stir together the curry powder, salt, black pepper, and chili powder. Sprinkle spice mixture over chicken, tossing to coat evenly, Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours to allow spices to penetrate meat.
2. In a large skillet cook and stir onion, garlic, and jalapenos in hot oil over medium high heat for 2 minutes, Remove onion mixture from pan. Add half of the chicken to the pan and cook until no longer pink. Remove chicken and cook remaining chicken in pan, adding more oil if needed.
3.Combine coconut milk and cornstarch. Carefully add to pan. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly. Return chicken and onion mixture to pan. Stir in basil and ginger. Cook and stir for about 2 minutes more or until heated through. Serve over hot rice.

(I add a little bit of honey and use only 1 jalapeno)


Pam said...

Congrats on graduating in May. This recipe looks delicious Emily! I love coconut milk especially with basil, curry and chicken.

Prudy said...

Delicious chicken! I love basil with coconut. Congrats on your May grad-it's not too far off. I had no idea you were a Santa Clara girl. Isn't it the greatest? I bet we know a lot of the same people. I'm down in old Santa Clara.

KatieM said...

First off, CONGRATS on the degree! that is a huge milestone, so go ahead and pat yourself on the back, young lady!! That is awesome.

Second, this looks scrumptious. I can't wait to try it out on my man who also, is a fan of spices. The hotter the better, he says, I'm not totally convinced, but hey, a little kick never hurts.

Beautiful presentation too, p.s.

alles liebe

Lisa said...

Great dish to celebrate with! Congrats!

Brandi Parry said...

Hooray Em! That is so nice to be able to see the end coming! Good job! Hope you move back here so we can enjoy all your yummy treats! hehe Anytime we get together and you arent there, Jared is always asking where you are...It is just not the same without you! He hearts you! Me too! :) and Kambers misses aunt taco too!:)
Ps-her new word is "awesome!" cute!

Laura said...

I gave you an awrd on my blog today. Congrats.

Sara said...

Emily, I just stumbled across your blog, and I am loving it! You have done a great job. It is fun with food quotes, fun music, & yummy fun food! Well done! I am very impressed and will be visiting often. - Sara

Jenny said...

What an awesome accomplishment you have coming up in May. That is great. I am so grateful I got my education. Best of luck to you and yummy recipe here!

Prudy said...

I left you a Jane Eyre comment on my blog. I love Jane Eyre and don't even get me started on Rochester.

Anonymous said...

Another use for the 5 pounds of curry I have yet to whittle down. I'll have to try this one too!

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