Monday, April 5, 2010

Thursday: Coconut-Curry Chili with Chicken or Tofu on Jasmine Rice

 This recipe I found in a Better Homes & Gardens magazine a couple of months ago, and at first dismissed it because it had so many ingredients. I looked through my pantry later on though and happened to have a lot of the ingredients it called for. So I thought I would give it a try, and am sure glad I did! It is super flavorful! So don't judge it by all the ingredients, most of them you probably already have in your pantry or fridge. 


3/4 lb chicken breasts or 1 block of tofu, chopped
1 large onion, chopped

1 1/2 tsp chili powder

1 1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (I used less because we don't like it hot)

1 TB olive oil

1 TB all-purpose flour

1 14 oz can unsweetened coconut milk

1 TB Peanut Butter

1 15 oz can cannellini beans or 2 cups of any kind of white beans
(see great money saver below)
3 medium carrots
, shredded
1 stalk of celery, sliced

1 medium green onion, sliced
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 TB chopped fresh basil or 2 tsp dry basil
Hot cooked jasmine rice or any kind of leftover rice  (make extra rice if you are interested in the rice fritters for tomorrow's meal)
Fresh basil sliced for topping (optional)
jalapenos, sliced (optional: if you like it hot)

1. Cook chicken or tofu, onion, chili powder, ginger, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, and the cayenne in large saucepan with hot oil over medium heat for 6-8 minutes with chicken and 4-5 minutes with tofu. Stir in flour and cook 1 more minute. Stir in coconut milk, peanut butter and 1 cup of water. Bring to boiling, stirring occasionally. 
2. Stir in beans, carrots, celery, green onion, garlic and chopped or dried basil. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer covered for about 10 minutes, covered. Serve with rice and top with optional basil and jalapenos.


Who likes to change it up?

~Omit chicken and tofu and just add another 15 oz can or 2 cups of white beans.
~Try almond butter instead of peanut butter for a different flavor.

~Add fresh or frozen corn to the mix. 

~Try a couple dashes of hot sauce instead of cayenne pepper. 

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