Friday, August 22, 2014

Spicy Brazilian Coconut Chicken

Spicy Brazilian Coconut Chicken

Brazilian Coconut Chicken

Oh I don't know about you but spicy and coconut and you got me!  This is a tasty meal for dinner and makes great leftovers for lunch the next day. Super tasty!!

Serves: 6
Hands-on time: 35 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 15 
  • 4 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 6 5-oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup (1 oz) peeled and thinly sliced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves, plus additional for garnish
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cups jarred or boxed unsalted diced tomatoes, divided
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  1. In a large bowl, combine oil, 2 cloves garlic, cumin, cayenne, turmeric and coriander. Add chicken and stir to coat. Cover and set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse together jalapeño, ginger, ¼ cup cilantro and remaining 2 cloves garlic until minced. Add lemon juice and pulse again to combine.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet on medium-high, add chicken and cook for about 6 minutes, turning once, until lightly browned. Remove from skillet and set aside. Reduce heat to medium and add onion to skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes, until softened and lightly browned. Scrape ginger mixture from food processor into skillet with onion and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Turn off heat and transfer onion-ginger mixture to food processor along with 1 cup diced tomatoes and broth. Blend until smooth, then return mixture to skillet. Stir in remaining 1 cup tomatoes. Bring to a simmer on medium. Return chicken to skillet, nestling in sauce. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink inside.
  5. To skillet, add milk. Increase heat to medium-high and simmer for 5 more minutes, until sauce has thickened slightly. Divide chicken among serving plates and top each with sauce and coconut, dividing evenly. Garnish with additional cilantro.
Nutrients per serving (1 coconut chicken breast, 1/4 cup sauce, 1/2 tbsp coconut): Calories: 264, Total Fat: 11 g, Sat. Fat: 5 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g, Carbs: 8 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugars: 4.5 g, Protein: 32 g, Sodium: 215 mg, Cholesterol: 91 mg.


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