necessity is the mother of invention {& that's why we're here, friends} we dance to the music, we play in the kitchen & sometimes that means one of us breaks the wine glasses {we're not saying who} the cook is a cubicle-warmer/learning & development specialist by day, & a writer/photographer/kitchen goddess by night who has fun inventing healthy things she can actually eat we seriously both need capes & a kick-ass theme song & the baker is a catering delivery superhero; no job too big or too early or too floral not to come home & make magic with a mixer & an oven we are always gluten-free, dairy-free, & magically delicious now, somebody turn up the music! we're about to get our dance on!

06 April 2008

mission: {red curry chicken}

A new taste sensation was born for me when I went to Florida to visit Christianne. Thai is one of those ethnic foods that I can easily enjoy with my gluten & dairy allergies. So naturally, she and Kirk and I went out to their favorite Thai restaurant during my visit. I ordered Christianne's favorite, the red curry chicken.

And oh ... my ... goodness!! It was one of those rare moments of true love at first bite. Not just infatuation or a passing fancy. My taste buds were infinitely happy and welcomed each and every savory flavor with its wide-open little tastebud arms.

I recently had a simliar dish when I went out for Thai food last week and have been on a mission ever since to try and recreate the tasty Thai sensation in my own kitchen. What follows can be added to the file labeled MISSION: Accomplished.

This version of the Thai treat has two varieties of bell peppers which are ripe in nutritional goodness ...

Bell Peppers: Rich in vitamins A & C (nearly 300% of your daily requirement of vitamin C per serving, and over 100% of your daily recommended dose of vitamin A!!), bell peppers are no slouches in the nutrition department. Rich in antioxidants, these babies provide needed protection against free radicals. The red pepper is one of the few foods that contains lycopene which aids in reducing certain types of cancer. Click on the link to read all about the goodness these funky veggies offer!

Christianne, I have to say: this is pretty dang easy. And while sometimes getting take-out is infinitely preferable to cooking, know that you can easily enjoy a steaming hot bowl of yummy Thai heaven in your cozy little cottage kitchen.

Extra virgin olive oil
1 lb. chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
½ medium yellow onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic (you guessed it, chopped)
½ - ¾ c. shredded carrot
Cilantro, a good handful, chopped
1 – 14 oz. can coconut milk {i prefer the "lite" variety}
1 Tbsp. red curry paste
Sea salt, to taste

Brown rice (prepare according to directions)

Optional: instead of rice, try with cooked quinoa (as pictured)

In a large skillet, pour olive oil and set to medium heat. Add garlic, onion, green pepper, red pepper. Stir occasionally, cooking until onions are translucent.
Add red curry paste, stir.
Add chicken, cook until done.
Add coconut milk (NOTE: be sure to shake well before opening!!).
Add salt to taste.
Simmer on low for 5-10 minutes. Add cilantro just before serving.

Serve over brown rice.

Enjoy the explosion of flavor. And dance, dance, dance all night long.

red curry chicken photo by kirsten.michelle


Christianne said...

sigh . . . yummy yummy yummy yummy. when can i have some?? :)

kirsten said...

i have plenty of leftovers here if you wanna come over ... ;o)


if only it wasn't such a burly commute from there to here.

Christianne said...

hee hee . . . and yes, i agree, sweet friend. dang, i wish we could really hang at each other's houses whenever we darned well felt like it!

love your new profile pic, by the way! very, VERY cute and blissful and full of joy. very YOU.