Archive | March 2008

Chicken Curry = ‘Things in my Food!’

I like good food..but is has to be simple….

You know….chicken and rice, steak and potatoes, hot dogs and mac/cheese…..

I can handle spices, onions and garlic in my food but I do not like anything out of the ordinary or fancy….

In our my husbands quest to eat healthier he has been cutting out recipes printed in our local paper. He handed me yet another one and said ‘let’s give it a try’.

My mouth said ok but as I was going over the ingredient list my mind was reeling (and getting ready to shut down…)….It has (gasp) THINGS in it!

THINGS that I just don’t like and no person should be made to eat not to mention I had NO IDEA what couscous was (and no…it’s not a form of rice).

Carrots, Raisins and Coconut Milk!….Could I do it? I knew I could make it but I wasn’t certain I could force myself to eat those THINGS!

After the dish was made I took a small bite of chicken (just the chicken mind you…no things……) so far, so good. Next I took a small bite with the things included and I’m embarrased to say THIS STUFF WAS GOOD…even with the addition of the dreaded coconut milk!

I have made this recipe twice and I can honestly say I just can’t get enough. It is super simple and very flavorful.

I still will never eat carrots or raisins by themselves but no longer will I have an automatic revulsion to them when I see them as a recipe ingredient!

I will post the recipe as is then at the end I will post a few tips that I used.

Quick Chicken Curry

1 c. Water

1 c. Couscous

2 tbl. Olive Oil

1 Med. Yellow Onion, diced

3 Garlic Cloves, minced

2 Carrots, cut into very thin matchsticks

1 c. Raisins

1 tbl. Curry Powder

Meat from 1-2lb. Roasted Chicken

1 c. Coconut Milk

Salt/Pepper to taste

3 Green Onions

In small pan bring water to a boil. Turn off heat and add the couscous, stir once then cover and let sit until the rest of the recipe is complete.

In large skillet heat olive oil, add the onion, garlic, carrots and raisins. Saute just until tender, about 5 min.

Add the curry powder and cook stirring often for 3 min. Add the chicken and coconut milk. Bring to a simmer and season with salt/pepper.

Transfer couscous to a large bowl and fluff. Add green onions and toss. Spoon the chicken curry over the couscous.

Makes 6 Servings


Couscous – Instead of getting plain couscous get a flavored one that cooks in only 5 minutes. We like the garlic flavored one. One box is enough.

Chicken – Instead of getting a precooked whole chicken get a big family package of skinless/boneless chicken breasts. Season with salt/pepper and cook at 400 for 50 min. Cut breasts in half and cook another 10 min. or until done. Let cool. I used 5 whole chicken breasts (shredded). The rest of the chicken we use for chicken tacos during the week!

Coconut Milk – The recipe says use 1 cup which I did the first time. The second time I used the entire can. Make sure you save the coconut milk so you can add more if needed.

Mixing – Once the chicken curry was done I mixed the cooked couscous and the green onion in with the chicken all in the same skillet.

I really really like this recipe which is a complete suprise as it contains things that I don’t like but when you take a mouthful you get a burst of flavor. I really don’t taste the carrots and the raisins lend a sort of sweetness to the dish…as for the coconut milk…it makes the dish a little creamy but you can’t really tell it’s there!

If you decide to make this dish do not skimp on the things….you need them for flavor. And if you are like me and don’t like these specific things I urge you to give it a try…you just might be suprised…like I was!

Make this dish then come back here and let us know how you liked it.