Quick Fix: Curried Chicken with Peppers

Curried Chicken with Peppers. (Linda Gassenheimer/TNS)
Curried Chicken with Peppers. (Linda Gassenheimer/TNS)

Very sadly my longtime friend and renowned curry expert Raghavan Iyer passed away shortly after I interviewed him about his new book, "On the Curry Trail." I feel privileged to have known him for so many years and have great admiration for his work.

After our chat, I was hungry for a quick curry dinner. One of his points was that he made his own curry powder mixture. I asked him about using prepared curry powder from the market, and he gave his OK. But he said it's important to make sure the bottle is new for maximum flavor. I've adapted one of his recipes for this easy dinner. By the way, you can make the dinner in advance or make extra for another meal. It tastes great the next day.

Using microwaveable brown rice helps speed the preparation.

Helpful Hints:

You can use madras curry powder instead of curry powder. It will bring more heat to the dish.

You can use broccoli, peas or green beans instead of snow peas.

You can use 4 garlic cloves instead of minced garlic.

Countdown:

Prepare ingredients.

Make microwaveable brown rice.

Make the curry.

Shopping List:

To buy: 1 package microwaveable brown rice, ¾ pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, 1 red bell pepper, 1 jar minced garlic, 1 bottle curry powder, 1 can reduced-sodium diced tomatoes, 1 can lite coconut milk, 6 ounces snow peas, 1 box raisins and one bag unsweetened coconut.

Staples: canola oil, onion, salt and black peppercorns.

Curried coccnut chicken with peppers

Recipe by Linda Gassenheimer

1½ cups microwaveable brown rice

1 tablespoon canola oil

¾ pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1 cup sliced onion

1 cup sliced red bell pepper

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1½ tablespoons curry powder

1 cup reduced-sodium canned diced tomatoes with its juice

½ cup lite coconut milk

3 cups snow peas (about 6 ounces)

¼ cup raisins

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut

Microwave brown rice according to package instructions. Measure 1½ cups and save any extra for another meal. Divide the rice between two dinner plates. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and brown 5 minutes, turn and brown second side 2 minutes. Remove from the skillet. Add the onion, red pepper, garlic and curry powder to the skillet. Saute 3 to 4 minutes. Add the diced tomato with their juice, the coconut milk, snow peas and raisins. Return chicken to the skillet with the raisins. Bring to a simmer and cook 5 minutes. A meat thermometer should read 175 degrees. Add salt and pepper to taste. Divide in half and spoon over the rice. Sprinkle shredded coconut on top.

Yield 2 servings.

Per serving: 512 calories (35 percent from fat), 19.9 grams fat (6.6 grams saturated, 6.6 grams monounsaturated), 156 milligrams cholesterol, 40.4 grams protein, 44.7 grams carbohydrates, 10.9 grams fiber, 230 milligrams sodium.

Linda Gassenheimer is the author of more than 30 cookbooks, including her newest, "The 12-Week Diabetes Cookbook." Listen to Linda on www.WDNA.org and all major podcast sites. Email her at LindaDinnerInMinutes.com.

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