|Thai Chicken Curry with Sweet Potatoes |
Serves 6–8 / This spicy, warming dish can be made with different vegetable combinations, such as bamboo shoots and potatoes, red bell pepper and water chestnuts, or pineapple and snow peas (add this last combination 45 minutes prior to serving). If you’re vegetarian, omit the chicken and add lightly sautéed tofu when you add the green beans and peas. For even more spice, garnish with red pepper flakes and sliced Serrano pepper. Serve with basmati rice.
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
4 garlic cloves, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
1 cup chopped white onion
1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced (about 3/4 cup)
1/2-1 teaspoon Thai red curry powder or Thai seasoning (optional)
2-3 teaspoons red or green curry paste
1 teaspoon ground cumin
4 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce or liquid aminos
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 medium-large sweet potato, peeled and diced into 1-inch cubes (about 2 cups)
1 small eggplant, diced into 1-inch cubes (about 2 cups)
1/2 cup fresh green beans, trimmed
2 stalks lemongrass
4 chicken drumsticks, skin removed
1 14-ounce can light coconut milk
1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
3/4 cup frozen peas
Salt, to taste
Fresh basil, for garnish
1. Combine sesame oil, ginger, and garlic in a medium bowl. Add onions and yellow bell pepper; stir thoroughly. Add curry powder, curry paste, cumin, soy sauce, salt, and brown sugar. Mix thoroughly and set aside.
2. Place sweet potatoes, eggplant, and green beans in slow cooker. Remove tough base and outer layers of lemongrass; cut each stalk into 3 pieces and crush slightly with the flat edge of a knife. Layer stalks on top of vegetables.
3. In a nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, brown chicken drumsticks over medium-high heat until golden on each side. Add chicken to slow cooker.
4. Spread onion-curry mixture over vegetables and chicken. Pour in coconut milk. Cover and cook on low for 6–8 hours or until vegetables are tender and chicken is cooked. Forty-five minutes prior to serving, add pineapple juice and frozen peas. Add salt if needed. Stir gently and re-cover. To serve, garnish with fresh basil.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving: Calories: 241 calories, % fat calories: 35, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 32mg, Protein: 12g, Carbohydrate: 27g, Fiber: 4g,Sodium: 623mg