Monday, March 30, 2009

Grilled Curry Chicken with Spinach-Coconut Rice

We made this for Sunday dinner, and had it for leftovers tonight (and it tasted even better). The picture I'm posting is the leftover meal, so it's all dumped in one bowl. It is so yummy and a good warmer weather meal. Delicious with the limes squeezed over!

Grilled Curry Chicken with Spinach-Coconut Rice

1 1/2 c plus 2 T canola oil, divided
2 T smooth peanut butter
2 T chopped cilantro
1 T salt
1 T curry powder
2 t minced ginger
1 t tamarind concentrate (hard to find, I usually just omit)
5 t minced garlic, divided
4 boneless, skinless chicken
1 can (13oz) unsweetened coconut milk
3 c jasmine rice
2 large onions, sliced
1 1/2 lb fresh baby spinach, cleaned
Salt to taste
Lime wedges and cilantro for garnish

In blender combine 1 1/2 c oil, pb, cilantro, salt, curry, ginger, tamarindo, and 3 t garlic, until smooth. Place chicken in resealable plastic bags and pour in marinade. Refrigerate overnight.

Remove chicken from marinade, pour marinade liquid into small sauce pan and boil until reduced by half. Grill (or broil) chicken, 12-14 min, turning once. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing into strips. Serve with sauce on side. (I usually pour some sauce over the chicken slices before serving to get more good saucy flavor.

Meanwhile, pour coconut milk into large measuring cup. Add enough cold water to make 6 cups, bring to boil in sauce pan. Stir in rice and return to boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. (I do this all in my rice cooker, it's fine).

Heat remaining oil in large nonstick skillet. Add onions and saute’ until softened, 4-5 minutes. Add remaining garlic, spinach, and 2 T water. Cover and simmer until spinach wilts, about 3 minutes. Season with salt. Stir into rice; toss to combine (I don't do this, cause some wimpy people are scared by spinach and delicious grilled onions, so I dish them separately).

Garnish with lime wedges and cilantro sprigs.


Amanda said...

That sounds yummy - I will try it - I have to leave the PB out for Ryan - will it still taste ok?

Kristen said...

I think it will taste a little different, but still good, it doesn't really taste peanut-y, like peanut sauce. I can't get my picture to upload, I've been trying for 3 days! It worked on my family blog, but won't work here. Arrrggghhh!