Bring the aromatic flavours of the East into your kitchen by cooking up this simple Thai green chicken curry. Perfect for a light weekday dinner.
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A colourful root vegetable that is full of dietary fibre, perfect if you're prone to constipation. It's also heart-friendly and has a large amount of potassium, which helps maintain a good balance of fluids in the body.
Lean chicken breast, as with other lean meats, is a great source of protein and low in saturated fat compared to red meat.
These tiny whole grains contain 88% of the recommended daily amount of manganese, which contributes to healthy bones. And compared to its white counterpart, brown rice is higher in fibre and will keep you fuller for longer.
For the curry
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 large onion
- 2 tsp chopped garlic
- 1½ tbsp Thai green curry paste
- 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 500 g chicken breasts
- 1 butternut squash
- 225 g green beans
- 2 x 400 ml cans light coconut milk
- 10 g chopped coriander (optional)
For the rice
- 185 g of brown rice
- 500 ml of water
- 2½ tbsp of rice vinegar
- ½ tsp salt
- Heat a large, heavy-based pan on the stove on a medium-high heat.
- Dice the onion. Peel and chop the butternut squash and cut the chicken up into 1 inch chunks.
- Drop in the oil and allow it to get hot before frying the onions and garlic until soft. Add the Thai green curry paste and soy sauce and stir together. (Be careful, it can spit.)
- Pour in both cans of coconut milk and stir, making sure everything is mixed well together. Bring it up to the boil.
- Place in the chopped up chicken and butternut squash and stir into the mix. After a few minutes bring the heat down to a simmer.
- Cover the pan and leave to bubble away for 25-30 minutes.
- Wash the rice: place it in a bowl and cover with warm water. Swirl the rice around a few times and discard the water. Do this about five times.
- Place water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the salt to the water.
- Pour the washed rice into the boiling water. Turn the heat down on the hob and let the rice simmer for 10-20 minutes, or until cooked. Make sure all the water has been absorbed.
- Once cooked, strain the rice and leave to sit for five minutes in a bowl. Add the rice vinegar and stir.
- Place the rice in a bowl and spoon over the curry. Top with fresh chopped coriander if desired.
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