Friday, August 31, 2012

Coconut Curried Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

We don't cook a lot of Middle Eastern or Asian inspired food, except for stir frys and hummus, which we love, but that is about to change. When we went to Minnesota last weekend, Scott's son had made this flavorful Coconut Curried Chicken with Sweet Potatoes on our arrival.  Yes, his son is the cook in the house.  My husband gave him the love of cooking. ( The apple doesn't fall far from the tree:)  Not sure if this is a Thai recipe, Indian recipe or Fusion, whatever recipe it is, it's very good.  The recipe came from my DIL hair dresser.  I  couldn't wait to make this recipe earlier this week.

The curry combined with the coconut milk and red pepper flakes make for a very flavorful sauce with layers of flavor. You can use any type of curry you have.  I used red curry, but you can also use green curry.  Then, add browned chicken breast chunks and sweet potatoes, and you have a   dish that smells and tastes amazing, simmering away on the stove.  If you love sweet potatoes, you'll love this dish.  This is a one pot meal that comes together quickly, and is a comforting dish,  Garnish your plate with chopped cilantro, peanuts, green onions, and lime wedges, (which I forgot in the photo). Serve curry over brown  rice, sticky rice, or noodles, and this is what's for dinner tonight!  Well, If not tonight, next week for sure. Enjoy!  Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

Coconut Curried Chicken and Sweet Potatoes  Adapted from Milena
 Prep time: 20 min.
Cook time: 30 min.
Serves four

2T olive oil, divided
1 lb, of chicken breasts, tenders, or thighs, diced, skin removed
2 large shallots, finely sliced (I didn’t use)
1/2 c coarsely chopped red onion (I used yellow onion)
2 1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes to taste
1 large sweet potato, peeled & diced in 1/2 “pieces
1 can 14 oz coconut milk. I used lite coconut milk

2 green onions chopped
2 T cilantro, chopped
2T peanuts, chopped
 Lime wedges


Heat 1 T of olive oil in large Dutch oven over med-high heat. Season chicken with salt & pepper; Sauté 5-7 min, or until center is no longer pink. Remove chicken and cover.

Add remaining oil to Dutch oven. Sauté shallots and onions for 3-5 min.  Sprinkle in spices.  Add potatoes and coconut milk; bring to a boil.  Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 10 min.

Add chicken to curry, simmer 5 min.more, or until potatoes are tender.
Top with garnishes- Serve over your favorite rice or noodles

I linked up my recipe to Brandie@The Country Cook's Weekend Potluck #33
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  1. Oh delicious! We don't eat very many curries either, but this needs to change. I love sweet potatoes...I'm adding this to our grocery list. Thank you for sharing with me. And thank you for your kind words and continued support. They mean more to me than I can express! Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Monet,
      If you make this curry, let me know how you liked it. Have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!

  2. This sounds wonderful, my friend! I wonder if I can slowly work Bill into being a curry fan starting with your dish? Worth a try :) Hope your holiday weekend isn't a washout! xo

    1. Lizzy,
      Lizzy, you can adjust the spices in this dish to Bill's liking. If he likes sweet potatoes, then he should like this dish.

  3. Replies
    1. Claudia,
      The spices, coconut milk and a little heat, make this dish so good.

  4. I love curry and Hubby does too. I just don't remember to make it. The thought of the sweet potato with the spicy curry sauce sounds fantastic!

    1. Christiane,
      this dish comes together rather quickly, and the sauce smells heavenly. I'll be making this dish again, for sure.

  5. It definitely looks like a very flavorful curry! And looks so nice too!

    1. Medeja,

      Thank you. this curry does have a lot of flavor, and is easy to make.

  6. My husband has not been a big fan of curry, but on occasion a recipe like this comes along with everything else in it that he loves. I think I could get this one to pass with flying colors.

    1. Kim,
      The coconut milk makes the curry taste milder, and you can adjust the curry seasoning to your taste. Hope that he likes this one.

  7. Where is the caramel, lol. This does sound good for a change, I wish I could get my picky one to try something like this. I'd eat the whole thing though if I had too. You have a wonderful weekend yourself.

    1. Gina,
      The curry is coming soon:) The chicken and sweet potatoes are a good combination.

      Have a great weekend!

  8. Oh my goodness this sounds and looks delicious - LOVE the ingredients - what a great meal :))
    Mary x

  9. Hi Becky, great combination. Look delicious and tempting. Very nice one pot meal :)

    Have a nice day.

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