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Chicken in Mango Sauce

Over the holidays, I had purposed to roast a whole chicken and I finally got around to doing that on Christmas day. I have to say, I was impressed, the chicken was not only delicious, crispy but also juicy. Anyway that’s a recipe for another day but lemme leave you with the photo of the chicken.

the bird
the bird

Since the chicken was to feed two people there was plenty of leftover. I removed all the remaining meat from the bones then I refrigerated  Fast forward to Boxing day and I’m busy thinking of what to cook. At first I wanted to make some chicken salad but then I remembered  I’d seen a recipe for chicken in a previous issue of True Love magazine.

I grab my magazines looking for the exact issue with the recipe, it was the November issue. Lucky for me, I had all the ingredients on hand, yep *excitement*.

The recipe calls for raw chicken but I used my leftover chicken. To eat is your own…

Ingredients:

chicken pieces, mangoes, water, spice mix and coconut cream
chicken pieces, mangoes, water, spice mix and coconut cream

30ml vegetable oil

1 bunch spring onions, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tbsp ginger, crushed

1 tbsp curry powder

1 teaspoon cumin

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 2.5cm cubes – I used leftover chicken

2 mangoes, skinned and cubed

100ml water

50ml coconut milk – I used coconut cream

Salt to taste

In a large skillet heat the vegetable oil, then fry the onions, garlic and ginger.

fry it up
fry it up

Saute until softened then add the curry powder and cumin and cook for three minutes.

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Add the chicken pieces and fry until slightly browned on the outside and the chicken is coated (about three minutes).

DSC07594Mix it up.

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Finally add the mangoes, water and coconut cream. cover and let it simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

in goes the water, coconut cream and mango pieces
in goes the water, coconut cream and mango pieces

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Let the curry cook down until the mangoes are soft and the chicken is well done. Season with salt and cover for 10 minutes.

DSC07599Done:

Serve with rice.

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Verdict:

Pretty delicious. Different but delicious.

Would I try this again?

Definitely.

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Coconut Chicken with Mashed Potatoes

I had missed eating potatoes and since I didn’t have the patience to bake the potatoes I decided to mash them. Making mashed potatoes is pretty simple, since you just boil the potatoes till they are completely cooked then you mash them like crazy. Of course there are a few spice addition here and there which I’ll share in a bit.

Sometime back my colleagues and I decided to do a lunch treat at a nearby food court. Being adventurous with the food selection I ordered some coconut chicken. Boy, wasn’t I disappointed, it was more like stewed chicken with lots of tomatoes and bell peppers and not even a hint of coconut, anyway since I had some boneless chicken breasts in the fridge I thought of making actual coconut chicken. After checking some online recipes I settled on trying it out my own way.

So for the potatoes;

Peel and wash the potatoes thoroughly. Cut them in halves. In a sufuria add the potatoes, salt and water to almost cover all the potatoes. In case you have fresh rosemary you can add about two sprigs. I also added some cinnamon bark.

Cover and let the potatoes cook completely.

Now for the chicken;

First, cut the chicken into bite size pieces. Add one tablespoon of oil in a skillet, then brown the chicken for about 3 to 5 minutes.

chicken!

Remove from the pan then set aside.

1 onion chopped, 3 cloves garlic finely chopped and 1 teaspoon of ginger finely chopped

In the same skillet heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil then add the onions, garlic and ginger.

Season with some salt

Since I was doing this for the first time, I didn’t want to use a lot of spices lest I miss the coconut taste.

So I settled for some cardamon pods, cumin seeds, coriander powder, curry powder and good old black pepper.

5 cardamon pods, 1 tsp coriander powder,2 tsps curry powder, 1/2 tsp black pepper and 1 tsp cumin seeds

Stir in the spice mixture.

all spiced up

Add 1 cup coconut milk and let it simmer with the spices for about 3 minutes.

Finally I added the chicken. (forgot to take pics 😦 )

Let the chicken cook for about 25 minutes or until the sauce is thick.

Back to the potatoes. Once fully cooked, drain any excess water, remove the cinnamon bark, then mash like crazy.

Mashed potatoes are like a blank canvas you can spice them up with almost anything. From chopped coriander or parsley to butter and milk. Adding some chopped spring onions or grating over some cheese.

Since I was out of parsley, I added 1 tablespoon of basil leaves, 2 tablespoons of margarine and about 1/4 cup of milk. The milk helps in making the mashed potatoes fluffy.

still in the mashing process

Dinner is served:

Mashed potatoes, coconut chicken and some fried cabbage and carrots.

Dinner

Not forgetting some kachumbari on the side.

Verdict:

Coconut – ty. The mashed potatoes were delicious and the basil added a nice touch. I’ll definitely be making this recipe again, of course with some few adjustments like more coconut flavour.