We always want something good to eat, but don’t always have the time or energy to spend in the kitchen preparing it. These are the moments when we get carry-out which can be expensive, loaded with salt, sugar and calories; not to mention not being as good as your own cooking. And, we aren’t even going to talk about fast food. I know you would never get that desperate to feed your family.
So, what do we do? Sandwiches; a can of soup? I’ve done that–nothing wrong with soup and sandwich. Well, get a little recipe box (aka file/folder in your computer), and start collecting quick and easy recipes that call for ingredients that are almost always on hand (or should be). This recipe is one of those go-to dishes when the comfort of a home cooked meal is desired, but time is at a premium.
Very Nice Chicken and Rice
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken (breasts or thighs)
Salt to taste
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon Golden Chicken Spice
1 teaspoon Campus Curry
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
½ cup water
Half a cake of creamed coconut, or one 6-ounce can coconut milk**
Cooked white rice (Basmati, Jasmine), or short-grained brown rice
Slice the chicken into 1-inch slices. Season with salt to taste; set aside.
Lightly brown the onion in the hot oil; transfer to a warm bowl.
Add a little more oil to the pan if necessary and brown the pieces of chicken in the same pan used to cook the onions.
Sprinkle chicken with the spice blends and dump the onions in along with the tomato sauce and water.
Cover and simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes.
Add the creamed coconut, stirring until melted into the sauce; or pour in the coconut milk, if using that, and stir until blended. Cook another 10 minutes.
Serve with the rice of your choice.
Yield: 4 servings
**A note on the creamed coconut: It is a solid block of ground coconut, coconut milk and coconut oil that can be found at health food stores, specialty shops and Asian grocers. I keep it around for the times a whole can of coconut milk is not needed, and for the times when a can is not in my pantry.