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January 2020

Main Dishes

Utterly Delicious Thai-Inspired Chicken

January 3, 2020

I woke up with an oddly urgent hankering for Thai food. I honestly can’t explain this, since I have rarely tasted Thai food and never been to Thailand. Usually, when I have a strong craving, it relates back to some nostalgic time in my past but, well folks … Not Today!

Now that I’ve prepared this dish, only an hour before this post, I can’t stop eating it. And, as I was cooking, a friend dropped by exclaiming “Oh it smells so good in here!” then happily waited until the Jasmine rice was ready so he could take a batch of this dish home with him.

This dish wasn’t at all complicated!

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 Boneless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 Can full fat Coconut Milk
    (The cream will settle on top. Do not shake!)
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth (I had home made but any will do).
  • 2 Tbsp (6 teeth/cloves) Minced Garlic
  • 1 Heaping Tbsp Fresh Ginger
  • 2 Heaping Tbsp Thai Curry Paste (does not taste like yellow curry powder)
  • 1/4 Tsp Chili & Garlic Sauce (Hey… red pepper flakes will do just fine!)
  • 1 Tsp. Fish Sauce
  • Zest of a whole lime
  • Juice of a whole lime
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Cilantro
  • 2 Cups of Steamed, Jasmine rice

PREPARATION

Partial ingredients. Not shown: garlic, ginger, fish sauce, chicken & broth.
  1. Sear Chicken Thighs in some hot oil for a few minutes, skin down, until skin is brown and crispy. Remove and set aside.
  2. Open the can of coconut milk and skim off the creamy, oily top into your medium hot saucepan.
  3. Into the creamy coconut oil, Sautee Thai Curry Paste, Garlic Chili Sauce, Ginger, and Garlic on medium heat for about 1 minute.
  4. Add the remaining coconut milk.
  5. Add the chicken broth.
  6. Add the zest of the lime.
  7. Add the chicken and simmer for 1/2 hour, until chicken is tender.
  8. When you are ready to serve, toss in 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro and the juice of the lime. Reserve cilantro and lime wedges for presentation.
  9. Spoon 1/2 cup Jasmine rice into a bowl, add 1 chicken thigh, coconut broth and garnish with fresh cilantro and lime wedge.