Basil Chicken in Coconut-Curry Sauce

Basil Chicken in Coconut-Curry Sauce

48 reviews, 4.2 star(s). 77% would make again

Ready in 35 minutes

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4 Chicken breast halves;
1/2 ts Ground cardamom
1/2 ts Ground cinnamon
1/2 ts Ground cloves
1/2 ts Ground coriander
1/2 ts Ground cumin
Cracked black pepper
1/4 ts Ground turmeric
1/4 ts Chili powder
1 lg Red onion; chopped
5 Garlic; minced
2 Jalapeno pepper; seeded
1 tb olive oil
14 oz Unsweetened coconut milk
2 ts Cornstarch
3 tb Fresh basil; snipped
1 tb Gingerroot; finely chopped
Hot cooked rice
Fresh basil

Original recipe makes 4 Servings



Rinse chicken; pat dry; cut in 1" pieces. Place in a medium bowl.

In a small bowl stir together spices (cardamom to chili powder). Sprinkle over chicken; toss to coat. Cover and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes or in the refrigerator 1-2 hours.

In a large nonstick wok or skillet cook and stir onion, garlic and jalapeno peppers in hot oil over medium-heat 2 minutes. Remove onion mixture. Add half the chicken to the wok. Cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until chicken is tender and no pink remains. Remove chicken from wok; cook and remove remaining chicken.

Stir together coconut milk and cornstarch. Carefully add to wok. Cook and stir until bubbly and thickened. Return chicken and onion mixture to wok. Stir in snipped basil and gingerroot. Cook 2 minutes until heated through. Serve over rice. Garnish with fresh basil.

Recipe by: Better Homes and Gardens, January 1998, Page 122. Posted to recipelu-digest Volume 01 Number 347 by Peg Baldassari on Dec 7, 1997

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Added lemongrass. It made a world of difference.
Savemilo2005 7m ago

Excellent flavor. But the spices didn't mix enough into the coconut milk Next time though it am going to add some more of the spices in the coconut milk mix.
Sariness 1y ago

Very good but a little bland.
12chica29 1y ago

Quite bland, in spite of all the spices. It left a bad taste all evening.
ruthclarke 2y ago

Wonderful dish. We even had it for leftovers in a family who doesn't eat leftovers. Fantastic !
bessarooni 2y ago

To all complaining that there's no curry powder in the recipe...well, you've made your own!! That's right, the seasonings in the recipe are the same (mostly) seasonings used to make curry powder. Use more or less seasonings to alter the curry taste. Good luck!
iipostmvh 2y ago

Curry was bland in comparison to others I've had. But still worth trying.
stephenalli 2y ago

I have had issues with chicken curry recipes in the past this was good. I did add more of the spices and some chilli flakes to the sauce for a bit more taste.
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