A classic chicken and rice casserole is always a favorite. Chicken breast is first marinated with garlic and the warming flavor of curry.
Next, the chicken is cooked in the rice keeping it from overcooking and adds deeper flavor to the coconut rice.
When the savory casserole is done, a robust of other accompanying flavors are added. Some green onions, crunchy toasted almonds and a lime yogurt sauce mixed with cilantro.
The toasted almonds add a crunchy contrast to the tender coconut rice.
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Curried Chicken With Coconut Rice & Lime Yogurt Sauce
1 cup plain whole milk yogurt
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro, can substitute for mint
1 teaspoon grated lime zest
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 3/4 teaspoons Himalayan salt, divided
2 cups boiling water
1 1/3 cups long-grain white rice
3/4 cup canned coconut milk
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon curry powder
2 garlic gloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed, halved lengthwise, and sliced thin (about two chicken breasts)
1 1/2 cups frozen peas and carrots
1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 scallions, sliced thin
Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 450 degrees. Combine yogurt, cilantro, lime zest and juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt in bowl; cover and refrigerate until serving.
Combine boiling water, rice, coconut milk, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in 13×9-inch baking dish. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake until rice is nearly tender, 25 to 30 minutes.
While rice bakes, combine oil, curry powder, garlic, pepper, and remaining 1 tablespoon salt in large bowl and microwave until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Let mixture cool slightly, then stir in chicken.
Remove rice from oven, fluff gently with fork, and gently stir in chicken with peas and carrots. Re-cover tightly with foil and continue to bake until rice is tender and chicken is cooked through, 10-15 minutes.
Remove dish from oven, let cool 10 minutes, then fluff rice gently with fork.
Plate and drizzle with lime yogurt sauce and sprinkle with toasted almonds and green onions.
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