Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Coconut Milk Chicken

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I don't know why I am so bad at planning my recipes in advance.  I am so jealous of all the blogs that post there "This Weeks Menu" posts every Monday.  I always plan on planning but it never happens.  My dinners are almost always last minute Google searches, I type in the ingredients I have on hand - narrow it down to recipes and then check off ingredients I don't have and find a few recipes that I can modify or that inspire me to create something.  The other day I knew I was making chicken thighs but I wanted to do something different, a quick glance in my fridge and I saw I had some leftover coconut milk from my Thai Style Ground Beef recipe.  I poured it over my chicken thighs and let it sit while I Googled.  I found this recipe for Coconut Milk Chicken from theKitchn and after reading through it (I realized it sounded great and I need to try it one day) and I came up with this recipe for my own Coconut Milk Chicken. Everyone liked it - woo hoo!  The carrots, I think were the real winner of this dish, everyone was upset I didn't make more.  You may want to add more carrots to yours....enjoy!!!

recipe inspired by  theKitchn
Ingredients:
1 lb chicken thighs
1/2 can coconut milk
5-6 carrots chopped (big chunks)
salt and pepper
chopped cilantro (or dried)
5 garlic cloves peeled and smashed
1/2 lemon zested and juiced
a few pinches of ground ginger

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375.
Put chicken in a ziploc and pour coconut milk over it and set aside while you look up a recipe (or while you are prepping other ingredients.)
Place carrots and garlic in a cooking dish.  Place chicken on top and pour the milk over it.  Season with the salt, pepper, ginger, cilantro and lemon zest.  Squeeze the lemon juice over everything.
Place in oven and bake for about 45 minutes.  I always lessen the time by 5 minutes or so and broil the chicken at the end to get that delicious golden crispy skin.



















                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                          
Last Year at this time I made Clay Pot Critters    

Two years ago at this timeI made Chicken Mole in the Slow Cooker   



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7 comments:

  1. This looks so good! I am very much into anything coconut right now so this looks like something I would love to try! My kids also love cooked carrots! I am a meal planner and I think you are awesome for being able to plan meals on the fly...if I don't have my plan and my food I don't feel creative enough to throw something together like that! It sounds more fun your way! :) I hope you have a good day, oh, and I pinned it for later! Julia @ www.juliakendrick.com

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  2. I tried to reply to your comment on my blog about the birchbox but my email isn't working properly for some reason. Yes, Most of the time I do get things that I can use and try out. Every now and again I will get something that I won't use but I give it to one of our younger girls at church. I love the "present" in the mail each month! :) I hope you try it and like it. If you do try it, would you please use my link on my post? I will get points if you sign up from the link. Thanks so much! Julia

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  3. Hi Danielle! Yes, the carrots look sweet and flavourful! I would love to try this!

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  4. Mmmm this chicken looks sooo good! Never thought about using coconut milk for this dish, will definitely try this one! By the way, I'm hosting a link up and would love to see your recipe there!
    http://dcinstyle.com/

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  5. Newest follower here! I found you though the blog hop, you have a wonderful blog. I look forward to reading more. You can find me at meandmr.com

    -Melanie @meandmr.com

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  6. YUM, your dinner recipes always look and sound SO good to me, and this is no exception! =) I"m bad about planning weekly dinners, too, so don't fear - you're not alone. =)

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  7. Hi Danielle,
    Your Coconut Milk Chicken looks delicious is a lovely presentation. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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