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For those of you just here for the food, this dish looks fabulous.
MATTHEW’S CHICKEN CURRY
3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted and ground
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon canola or other neutral oil
l2 large yellow onions, very thinly sliced
1 serrano chile, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
2 tablespoons chicken stock or water
4 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
1 1/2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
3/4 cup coconut milk
3/4 cup water
Toasted cashews for garnish
Cilantro for garnish
Steamed green peas, for serving
Cooked basmati rice, for serving
1. Put the chicken breast chunks in one bowl and the thighs in another. In a small bowl, combine the coriander, cumin, turmeric, cayenne, salt and pepper. Divide between the bowls of chicken and turn the chicken pieces to evenly coat. Let stand for 20 minutes.
2. In a large, deep skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken thigh chunks in a single layer and cook, turning the pieces occasionally, until nice and browned, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with another tablespoon oil and the chicken breast chunks, transferring them to another plate. You just want to sear the chicken, not cook it through.
3. Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan, reduce the heat to medium, and add the onions and chile. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are golden and melted, about 7 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and add the stock, stirring in the beautiful browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
4. Add the garlic, ginger, 1/4 cup of the coconut milk and 1/4 cup of the water. Stir well, bring to a simmer, and return the chicken thighs to the skillet. Cook for 20 minutes, then add the chicken breasts. Cook for 5 minutes, then stir in the remaining coconut milk and water. Cook 5 minutes longer or until stewy.
5. Tops with cashews and cilantro. Serve with plain steamed peas and basmati rice.
— “Cooking With Love,” by Carla Hall