Chicken Peanut Curry
3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken pieces (or you can use bone-in for added flavor), cut into 1 1/2 inch wide chunks or strips
1/2 cup flour
4 Tbsp curry powder
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground peppercorns
1/2 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
2 Tbsp garlic, minced
2 serrano chili peppers, seeded, de-veined, minced
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup peanut butter (if using freshly ground peanuts, add 2 teaspoons of sugar)
1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
8 green onions, chopped, greens included
1/3 cup each finely chopped mint and cilantro
2 limes cut into wedges
Rinse chicken and pat dry. In a small sturdy paper bag, combine the flour, curry powder, salt and pepper. Shake well. Add the chicken pieces and shake to coat well.
Heat oil in a large saucepan on medium high heat. Add chicken pieces. Cook 5-10 minutes (depending on size of chicken pieces) tossing occasionally to cook chicken evenly. Add the ginger, garlic, chili pepper and 1/2 cup of the chicken broth to the saucepan. Cook for 3 minutes, scraping the pan with a spatula and stirring to combine everything well.
Add the peanut butter, stirring quickly to incorporate it with the chicken. Add the remaining 3 1/2 cups of broth slowly, stirring continuously to maintain an even texture. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Right before serving, add the coriander and green onions. Salt to taste.
Serve with rice. Top each serving with fresh cilantro and mint. Squeeze a little lime juice over it as well.
I followed the recipe rather closely, and did use fresh ground peanuts because I love the texture, but after combining everything in the pan the broth seemed a bit thin so I stirred in about 3 or 4 T. creamy peanut butter and it was just the right amount to bring the texture to the right consistency I like; thick but not too gloppy. I used peanut oil instead of olive because I like the flavor and it has a higher smoke point for a quicker sear. The additions of coriander and the toppings of mint, cilantro and fresh lime juice really sparked this dish over the top. I was in heaven eating it. Although I thought I had a good chicken curry recipe, this one blew that out of the water with one bite.
recipe from Elise at Simply Recipes