October 18, 2007

Curried Chicken with Jasmine Rice

This is a cross over recipe between Indian and Thai- simply because it uses a basic Indian spice like garam masala and fuses it with Jasmine rice from Thailand. This is a perfect one pot meal that is apt for a weekend afternoon entertaining. The dish is mildly spiced and would be perfect when eaten with a salad or a vegetable curry. We adapted this recipe from "India's 500 Best Recipes."

Preparation time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 35 mins

1 lb chicken breasts diced
1 cup jasmine rice, rinsed and drained
1 3/4 cups chicken stock
1 tsp garam masala powder
3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
4 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
salt to taste

Heat oil on a high heat in a non stick pan. When the oil gets hot, add the garlic. Fry till the color changes to light brown. Add the chicken. Fry till the chicken browns. Add the garam masala. Mix well so that all the chicken pieces are coated with the garam masala. Add the rice and salt. Mix well and fry for two mins. Add the stock. Mix well and bring the stock to a boil. At this point, lower the heat, cover and cook for about 20 mins. Open the cover, and fluff the rice with a fork so that the grains separate from each other. Cook uncovered for the last 5 mins. Garnish with coriander leaves. Eat hot with a simple onion-tomato salad or a vegetable curry.

Note: 1) Jasmine rice takes a shorter time to cook. Therefore, make sure that the chicken is well browned before adding the rice.
2) The broth has enough sodium in it, therefore be careful on the salt added.



Saju said...

-you girls do cook some different stuff. Chicken with just garam masala, garlic and coriander leaves sounds delicious. I think we overkill with masala sometimes

Dee & Chai said...

girl, you are always the 1st person to coment on our post. We love u 2 much. Heartfelt thanks again.
Yeah, even we weren't sure about only garam masala being used. But we wanted to preserve the original recipe. Must tell ya, it really came out great- except that we overcooked the rice a little bit. Hence we added a footnote to b cautious with cooking the rice

Sig said...

That is a unique recipe... perfect one pot meal, chicken and rice, what else do we need right? I will have to try really hard to keep myself from sneaking some extra spice into this though ;)

Dee & Chai said...

Thanks Sig,
Yes, we totally agree with u.