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Old 01-12-2010, 09:52 AM   #1
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I'm thinking an all day crockpot thing, but if you have something different, let me know!
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We have 3 days before payday to grocery shop and running really low on food. What can I make for dinner??

This is what I have:

2 lbs Chicken breast
curry paste
coconut milk
tomato sauce
mozzarella cheese
chicken bullion

variety of spices

Looking for something new/different/easy.

I can serve pasta or rice with it [which I have one hand as well].

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Old 01-12-2010, 09:55 AM   #2
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This is a simple skillet meal. You can use any Thai seasoning or curry you like. There are jars of Thai curry paste on the market of various types, or you can use a powdered mixture. My favorite powder for this dish are Penzeys* Sate Seasoning mix, which is really yummy.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients:

* 1 lb. skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut in bite-sized pieces
* 1/2 medium onion (optional, but I like it), chopped
* 1 medium red Bell pepper, chopped
* 12 oz. fresh or frozen green beans
* 1 can coconut milk (can use light or regular)
* Thai spices as described above to taste (depends on heat)
* Salt or seasoning salt to taste

Preparation:
For maximum efficiency:

1) Heat some oil (I included 1 T in the nutritional info below) in the pan -- olive, coconut, peanut, or high-oleic safflower oil all work well. Amount depends upon size of pan; you want a thin coating on the bottom.
2) Chop onion, and add.
3) Chop pepper and add. Stir. Cook until onion is getting soft, if it isn't already.
4) While that is cooking, chop the chicken.
5) Add the spices (including the salt). The amount will depend upon the spice. For example, with Penzey's Sate' Seasoning, I use about 4 t, but for a hot paste, more like 2 t. It just depends upon how spicy the blend is and how spicy you like your food. Stir until the you start to smell the spices.
6) Add the chicken. Stir until almost cooked through.
7) Add the coconut milk. (Note: this makes a fairly soupy curry. If you want it thicker, just add maybe 2/3 of the can.) Bring it to a boil, and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.

Serving Suggestion: Serve over saffron Rice.
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:56 AM   #3
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* 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
* 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
* 3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
* 1 medium onion, sliced

* 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
* 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder (or to taste)
* 1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional, more if desired)
* 1 cup chicken broth

* 1 (10 ounce) package frozen peas, thawed
* 2-3 tablespoons toasted flaked coconut (optional)

Directions

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Heat oil in a medium fry pan.
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Add chicken breasts and brown on both sides.
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Place potatoes and onion in crock pot.
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Place chicken breasts on top.
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Combine coconut milk, salt, pepper, curry powder, hot sauce and chicken broth in a bowl and stir thoroughly.
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Add to crock pot.
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Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours.
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One half hour before serving, add peas on top of chicken mixture.
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Just before serving, stir mixture thoroughly and sprinkle with toasted coconut if using.
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Serve over rice or Asian noodles, if desired
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:31 PM   #4
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Those sounds yummy!!!!!! Thank you
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:46 PM   #5
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Sounds like you could do a Thai chicken ish pizza with the leftovers if you have ingredients for dough on hand.

Or you could make chicken parmesan.
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chicken curry, or chicken satay skewers, coconut rice
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