Recipe courtesy of EatingWell.com

Ginger-Coconut Chicken

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.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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Ingredients

1 tablespoon yellow split peas

1 teaspoon coriander seeds

1-2 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 (1-1 1/4 pounds total), trimmed

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Ingredient noteLook for reduced-fat coconut milk (labeled "lite") in the Asian section of your market.

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