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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Green Chicken Curry

As many of you know, I have been fighting the flu, so I was craving something spicy, hot, and soupy. The meal I selected from my new Spark Cookbook was the Green Chicken Curry, on page 187.

First I placed a little more than half a cup of cilantro in my blender, and added the juice of one fresh lime and enough water to blend it together.

Then I sauteed diced and skinless chicken breasts. They were Amish raised chickens, organic - no hormones or antibiotics. I added onion because I didn't have shallots, and substituted a mix of mushrooms instead of peas. Asian mushrooms are supposed to enhance the immune system, so they seemed like a better choice this time. I omitted the yellow and green peppers because I am allergic to them. I think their freshness and crunch would be delightful in this recipe, for the green pepper eating world.

Once the chicken, onions, and mushrooms were sauteed I added Thai green curry sauce and coconut milk, bringing the mix to a simmer.

While the green curry chicken was simmering, I heated a package of precooked brown rice I got at Trader Joe's for times when I do not feel like or have time to cook brown rice. I placed the brown rice in the bottom of the bowl, added the lime/cilantro mix to the curry and ladled the curry over the rice.

I garnished it with a slice of lime and some sprigs of cilantro.

Then served it with a side of cucumber and avocado slices, which I drizzled a little of the cilantro lime mixture over.

If you have never had green curry, it is VERY different from the Indian curry normally associated with 'curry'. While it is spicy, it is much lighter in flavor. I like both curries, but I am especially fond of green curry.

The recipe was delicious and Mike absolutely loved it. I was pleased with the addition of the Asian mushrooms, and did not miss the peas. The one addition I would make to this dish next time is galangal, a Thai ginger that adds a freshness and zest to Thai curry dishes.

According to the recipe, a serving contains 248.6 calories, 31.4 g protein, 5.1 g total fat, 19.9 total cards, and 4.4 g dietary fiber.

It was the perfect dinner for me tonight, hot, mildly spicy, tasty, and nurturing.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ISMILETOO 1/2/2012 11:54PM

    Thanks for sharing. I love soups!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 12/24/2011 3:12PM

    Gumption! That's what you have, gumption! Not for just cooking while not feeling well, but for taking such nice pics!

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MELINDAM85 12/20/2011 6:33PM


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SHERRY257 12/19/2011 9:45PM

    Fantastic! I love the pictures and may have to buy the recipe book! Thanks for sharing this. I hope you feel better. emoticon

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SEAJESS 12/19/2011 2:08PM

    Wow, your photos are great! Your explanations drew me through to the very end where I found myself wanting to make your recipe for myself. Yum!

Thanks for the info about precooked brown rice. Think I'll make some for myself for those hurry-up times. (I already stock some canned beans for when I'm in a rush... just never thought of a similar technique for rice.)

Thanks for this blog.

Oh, and your iced animal cookies on your page screen are AMAZING! Who could ever eat such artistry? You've developed zero calorie cookies!

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COLLEENMC1 12/19/2011 2:04PM

    sounds yummy, I'm going to make green curry from tj today :)

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RUNNERRACHEL 12/19/2011 1:38PM

    Wow, looks delish!

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GEMINISUE 12/19/2011 11:36AM

    OMG! Your pictures are fantastic, everything looks so real, like it is right there! I could imagine the taste and wish we had scent strips to smell. lol Looks like it would warm you up with every bite. YUM!


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AMARILYNH 12/19/2011 11:08AM

    Wow - sounds awesome!

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CAROLYNINJOY1 12/19/2011 10:54AM

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GRAMMAP1 12/19/2011 12:27AM

    This sounds and looks so good. Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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HOWLERMOM 12/18/2011 11:35PM

    Looks wonderful - I've always been a bit afraid of curry - had a nasty experience many years ago - but maybe I should reconsider?

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MSROZZIE 12/18/2011 5:46PM

    Liked the step by step photos. Will give this recipe a try. Looks YUMMY! emoticon

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MISSLISA1973 12/18/2011 3:05PM

    I love soup. It really does make us feel better, even when we feel fine.

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JIBBIE49 12/18/2011 2:12PM

    emoticon Wonderful to see you featured in THIS MONTH'S BEST BLOGS. What an honor!!

emoticon Merry Christmas and Happy 2012 New Year. We will make this the best year ever! emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/19/2011 1:55PM

    I adore green curry, it is a staple of ours. I often serve it on a bed of frozen thai veggie mix, just heated in the microwave, and skip the rice but eat it with a spoon to catch the delicious juices. This looks like a great recipe., your photos really bring it to life.

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MARY1313 11/18/2011 2:36PM


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ANJELIA1968 11/18/2011 8:56AM

    Sounds yummy and the pictures look so appealing! I've never tried green curry (or curry of any kind) but I'm pretty tempted based on this! I definitely like the idea of using mushrooms rather than peas. May have to check this out. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Feel better!!!

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MCGS62 11/18/2011 8:45AM

    That sounds good !! Thanks for reminding me to pick up some brown rice

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DDOORN 11/17/2011 2:28PM

    Definitely sounds like a keeper!

Thx for sharing!


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BADASSBLONDIE 11/17/2011 2:10PM

    Nom nom nom! Love it!!!

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MARZIPAN22 11/17/2011 10:02AM

    Thanks for sharing and taking the time to post the photos. Sounds like a great way to take care of yourself in a delicious manner! emoticon

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0309COOKIE 11/17/2011 12:35AM

    That picture of the finished product is mouth watering. Now I am hungry!

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MEDDYPEDDY 11/17/2011 12:29AM

    Interesting serving with avocado slices - would never have thought ablut that but sounds yummy!

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WORKINGSTIFF 11/16/2011 9:35PM

    I must go get this cookbook! Yum!

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TRULYVISIBLE 11/16/2011 9:32PM

  The pictures and presentation was FABULOUS! I want to run out and buy the ingredients. I don't like peas but love mushrooms so glad to hear you substituted and it came out fine. Green curry I never heard of. I am not a curry fan but think I will try green curry. Funny, I have that same brown rice from Trader Joe's in my freezer.

Thanks for sharing and providing the page number as well.

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CAROLJEAN64 11/16/2011 9:06PM

    Looks great. I've never tried geen curry... I will have to.

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SATYAGRAHA 11/16/2011 7:59PM

    Looks delicious! emoticon

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