Recipe: Lightened Up Chicken Korma

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 1 cup basmati rice, cooked to package directions
 2 tbsp coconut oil, divided
 1 pound boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
 2 tbsp water
 1/3 cup slivered, toasted almonds
 1 tbsp Madras curry powder
 1 yellow onion, roughly chopped and divided
 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
 2 cloves garlic
 Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
 1 13.5 ounce can unsweetened, light coconut milk
 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
 1/2 cup sliced white or crimini mushrooms
 8 ounces green beans, sliced into thirds
 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro



Cook the rice to package directions.


Heat 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil in a 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Season the chicken with some salt and pepper. Lightly brown the chicken for about 5-6 minutes, making sure to cook all sides. It does not need to be cooked through at this point. Transfer the chicken to a clean plate and set aside.


Puree the water, almonds, curry, 1/2 of the onion, ginger and garlic in a small food processor or blender. Set aside.


Add the remaining coconut oil to the same pan you cooked the chicken in. Add the rest of the chopped onions and sauté until lightly browned, about 10 minutes stirring frequently. Stir in the curry puree. Cook for one minute. Stir in the coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Stir in the tomatoes, onions and green beans, cook for 5 minutes. Add in the chicken, cover and simmer for another 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Stir in 1/2 of the cilantro. Sprinkle the rest of the cilantro over the top before serving. Serve hot with rice.

Recipe: Lightened Up Chicken Korma

~ Marla Meridith

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