Monday, May 2, 2011

Indian-Style Chicken with Carrot Slaw

Indian-Style Chicken

I love curry, and I love garlic. These are two of my favorite things. And when I get the chance to put them together, the results are awesome (of course, you might not want to kiss me afterwards... then again, maybe you do).

2 lbs chicken breasts
Olive oil
Salt & pepper
1 C vegetable stock
Garlic - as much as you like
1 onion, chopped
1 green apple, chopped
1/2 Cup raisins
Curry - as much as you like
Tangy yogurt (optional)

Boil the chicken breasts until they're tender -- I'm talkin' like falling apart sort of tender. Rinse and drain them, and then shred them into strips.

Put a bit of olive oil in your skillet, add onion and garlic. Sautee until soft, then add your shredded chicken. Add in the apple, the raisins, and an assload of curry. Cover the whole thing with the vegetable stock, put a lid on your pan, and let it simmer about 20 minutes.

Once you've piled it on your plate, top it with a splorp of tangy yogurt if you like.

Carrot Slaw

The carrot slaw is super easy. Make a curry dressing, and then pile the whole thing on top of your chicken.

1 lb carrots, washed and peeled

3 green onions, stems and all
1 Cup shredded cabbage

Use your vegetable peeler to slice the carrots into strips, chop the onions, and toss them all together with the cabbage in a bowl. Make the dressing:

1/4 Cup lemon juice
1/4 Cup olive oil
1/4 Cup cider vinegar
1 tsp of curry
Salt & pepper

Whisk all of these together, and pour over the carrot blend. Mix it up so everything is coated. You'll end up with 3/4 C of dressing, but you don't have to use it all if you don't like soggy salad. I usually pour half on the carrots, and set the rest aside for later. Because it's delicious.

If you're feeling like Indian-style chicken and carrot slaw isn't quite enough for you, add some flat bread, like naan. Either way, it's all tasty.

Oh, and by the way - this is the veggie scrap pile from just one meal prep:

It all goes in my compost bin. If you've ever thought about composting, and you eat veggies, you've got a built in supply of stuff to toss in your garden. Not only that, think about all the meals you prepare over the course of a year -- that's hundreds of pounds of stuff that's not going to a landfill if you compost it instead.

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