Chicken Massaman Curry

Check out this amazing curry recipe (including these beautiful instructional pics) I adapted from Bev Cooks at www.bevcooks.com.

This yummy recipe is full of tender chunks of chicken, red potatoes and crisp snow peas all swimming together in a thick, luscious pool of coconut curry sexiness. Finished with crunchy roasted peanuts, fresh sprigs of cilantro and freshly squeezed lime juice in every bite, this dish is easy enough for anyone to easily make at home!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Tbs coconut oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 (4 oz) can massaman curry paste
  • 1 (13.5 oz) can coconut milk
  • 10 small red potatoes, quartered
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into small chunks
  • 1 cup snow peas, cut into diagonal chunks
  • 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts

DIRECTIONS:

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium high. Add the onions and saute until softened and slightly browned, 5 minutes.

Add the curry paste and 1/4 cup of the coconut milk; stir to combine. Once the flavors have bloomed, about a minute, add the rest of the coconut milk and bring to a light simmer.

Add the potatoes, lower the heat, cover and simmer until they start to soften, 15 minutes.

Add the chicken, cover and simmer 10 more minutes.

Add the snow peas and simmer 2 more minutes.

Squeeze in the lime juice and stir to combine. Serve curry garnished with cilantro and peanuts!

So perhaps you’re wondering what massaman curry is as opposed to other Thai curries?  Coconut-based curries are numerous in America with red, green, yellow, panang and massaman being the most well-known. In Thailand these curries are known as gaeng phet (red), gaeng kiow wahn (green curry), gaeng leuang (yellow), gaeng phanaeng (panang) and gaeng massaman (massaman). The most popular curry in Thailand is either gaeng phet or gaeng kiow wahn depending on which region of the country you are in.

Massaman curry is a unique type of curry amongst the various Thai curries because it is more like an Indian curry using mainly dried spices for seasoning. Chicken is the most popular meat in this curry in the West but beef, lamb or even mutton is more common in Thailand. This curry is considered to be rather mild as the heat of the chilies are mellowed with the addition of the dried spices, coconut milk, onions, potatoes and peanuts. you can always spice it up however, by including more chilies!

Curry is not only tantalizing for your taste buds, but comes packed with additional health values, too, especially when combined with the energizing and slimming lauric fatty acid found in coconut milk!

  • Curry contains curcumin, a naturally active pigment responsible for giving turmeric its characteristic yellow color. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory agent that helps to reduce inflammation of the joints.
  • Curcumin is also believed to deactivate genes responsible for triggering breast cancer. It is also effective against slowing down of prostate and colorectal cancers. Regular consumption of curry helps to stabilize pancreatic cancer.
  • Since curry is rich in turmeric, a medicinally potent spice, it helps to fight against skin cancer, too. Curcumin, found in the spice turmeric, interferes with melanoma cells. Tests in laboratory dishes show that curcumin makes melanoma skin cancer cells to self-destruct in a process known as apoptosis.
  • Consuming curry on a daily basis is known to boost memory. Studies have proved that people who regularly consumed dishes spiced with curry powder did well in memory tests.
  • Because of its anti-aging properties, curry is recommended as a natural remedy to deter aging of the skin, specifically against the synthetic chemicals that comes laden with side effects. It is also extensively used to treat skin burns and cuts.
  • Did you know that many over-the-counter drugs used for arthritis contains curcumin? Curry powder is known to be helpful for people suffering from arthritis, especially ones who are allergic to synthetic drugs. The best aspect of the spice is that it is a side-effect free solution to your pain.

So, go ahead and enjoy this tasy dish and know that giving your body a good health boost at the same time!

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