Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Jamaican Curried Chicken

In this month's Saveur there is an entire section about Jamaican breakfasts. This curried chicken looked good and hearty enough to make for dinner. Damn was it good and exactly what we wanted. It's been getting pretty cold at night over here and we've been craving spicy comfort food. This flavorful chicken not only warmed my whole body up, it even gave me a nice forehead sweat. The combo of coconut, ginger, all spice, and spicy habanero was super satisfying. Crack a Red Stripe and enjoy!
Totally putting an egg on this for breakfast tomorrow. Yep.

Curried Chicken
Recipe from Saveur

4 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1½″ pieces (boneless chicken breast work great too)
¼ cup fresh lime juice
2 tbsp. curry powder
¼ cup coconut oil 
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 tsp. ground allspice
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 scallions, finely chopped
3 sprigs thyme
2 carrots, thinly sliced
1 chayote squash, cut into ½″ cubes (Any summer squash or zucchini is perfect)
1 russet potato, peeled and cut into ½″ cubes
1 1″ piece ginger, minced
1 cup coconut milk
1 Scotch bonnet or habanero chile, slit in half lengthwise (I seeded my habanero and only used half of it and it was SUPER spicy. I've also used a seeded jalapeno and liked it better because it wasn't so crazy spicy.)
Cooked white rice, for serving

1. Combine chicken, lime juice, and 1 tbsp. curry powder in a large bowl, and toss to combine; refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.

2. Heat oil in a 6-qt. Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and working in batches, add to pot, and cook, stirring, until golden brown all over, about 8 minutes. Transfer chicken to bowl with marinade, and set aside. Add remaining curry powder, the allspice, garlic, scallions, thyme, carrots, chayote, potato, and ginger, and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly caramelized, about 6 minutes. Add chicken and any remaining marinade to pot along with coconut milk and chile, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and sauce is thickened, about 40 minutes; serve over rice.