Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Indonesian Satay Chicken Curry

Well there is no secret that curry is somewhat a staple in the Murray household so when I came across this recipe I had to put it on the menu this week.
One of the highlights of this recipe is that you actually make the base paste yourself rather than using a shop brought jar one.  There is something so much nicer make it from scratch rather than using the premix with all the preservatives and at times, lots of hidden sugar and salt. However, saying this, if you prefer you could use purchased rending curry paste instead of making your own. 
This curry had plenty of flavour and I loved the combination of the spices, the fresh coriander and the lime juice.  It made my taste buds dance.
While it was enjoyed next time I make this dish, which I presume will be soon, I will definitely make some changes,  I would use chicken thigh fillets instead and reduce the amount of stock as I found it had too much liquid and wasn't a thick curry.  I think a lot of water came from the pumpkin.
Indonesian Satay Chicken Curry
(recipe adapted from Weight Watchers Everyday Wholefood)
Serves: 4
SmartPoints per serve: 4
2 teaspoons olive oil
500 grams lean chicken breast fillets, fat trimmed cut into 3 cm pieces
1/3 cup Indonesian Satay Curry paste (refer recipe below)
2/3 cup chicken stock
1/3 cup light coconut milk
400 grams pumpkin, cut into 2cm pieces
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoon wheat-free tamari (Japanese Soy Sauce) or soy sauce
150 grams snow peas
3/4 cup fresh coriander leaves
lime wedges
Heat oil in a large wok or saucepan over medium-high heat.  Cook chicken, stirring for 5 minutes or until browned.  Transfer to a plate.
Cook curry paste, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant.  Add stock, coconut milk, pumpkin, lime juice and tamari.  Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. 
Add chicken and simmer, covered for 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.  Add peas and simmer, uncovered until vegetables are tender.  Stir in coriander and serve with lime wedges.
If desired serve with rice adding 4 SmartPoints for 1/2 cup.
 Indonesian Satay Curry Paste
(recipe sourced from Weight Watchers Everyday Wholefood)
Makes: 3/4 cup
Smart Points per tablespoon: 0
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 fresh curry leaves
1/2 red onion
1 lemongrass stalk, coarsely chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
3 cm piece fresh ginger, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoons sambal oelek
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons water
Heat a small non-stick frying pan over medium heat.  Cook coriander, turmeric, cinnamon and curry leaves, stirring, for 1 minute, or until fragrant.
Process spice mixture in a small food processor or blender with onion, lemongrass, garlic, ginger, lime juice, sambal oelek, peanut butter and water until smooth and combined.
Store curry paste in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 2 months.  It is great for chicken, fish and vegetable curries.
 If using premade Rendang paste the smartpoints value per serve of the curry would be 5.

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