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The wonderful flavors of southern India - coconut milk, dried Thai chiles and coriander seed - provide a pleasant punch to a basic chicken breast. Although the ingredients look exotic, this is a deceptively easy dish you'll be proud to serve to guests. Feel free to use different cuts of chicken, bone-in or boneless; just adjust the cooking time accordingly. You can also grill the chicken.
Make Ahead Tip: The chicken can be marinated overnight.
- 1 tablespoon yellow split peas
- 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
- 1 to 2 dried red chiles, such as Thai, cayenne or chiles de arbol
- 1/4 cup "lite" coconut milk (see Ingredient Note)
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
- 4 medium cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (1 to 1 1/4 pounds total), trimmed
Toast split peas, coriander seeds and chiles in a small skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan occasionally, until the split peas turn reddish-brown, the coriander becomes fragrant and the chiles blacken slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool for 3 to 5 minutes. Grind in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle until the mixture is the texture of finely ground pepper.
Combine coconut milk, ginger, garlic, cilantro, salt and the spice blend in a shallow glass dish. Add chicken and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
Preheat broiler. Coat a broiler-pan rack with cooking spray. Place the chicken (including marinade) on the rack over the broiler pan. Broil chicken 3 to 5 inches from the heat source until it is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 4 to 6 minutes per side.
Look for reduced-fat coconut milk (labeled "lite") in the Asian section of your market.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
152 calories; 3g total fat; 1g total saturated fat; 66mg cholesterol; 371mg sodium; 4g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 27g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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