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Coconut-Lime Chicken Stew with Rice


This stew can be stretched to last a few meals. If, on reheating, it remains too thick, add a splash of stock or water to loosen to the desired consistency. A simple salad of shredded romaine lettuce tossed with cider vinegar and oil makes a refreshing accompaniment.

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  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
  • 3 chicken breasts, bone-in, skinless
  • 3 cups (750 mL) onions, coarsely chopped
  • 11/2 cups (375 mL) red pepper, diced
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) chili flakes, or to taste
  • 4 cups (1 L) sweet potato, finely diced
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) salt, or to taste
  • 6 cups (1.5 L) water
  • 1 can (414-mL) coconut milk (light or regular)
  • ⅔ cup (150 mL) jasmine or basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup (250 mL) frozen peas, thawed
  • Zest and juice of 2 juicy limes


Servings 8
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 45mins


Step 1

1 In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat, add chicken breasts and cook until well browned on both sides, about 15 minutes. Remove and set aside; the chicken does not need to be cooked through at this point.

2 To the same pot add onions, red pepper, garlic, ginger and chili flakes; sauté over medium heat until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.

3 To the pot add the browned chicken, sweet potato, salt and water. Bring to the boil, then lower heat, cover and simmer until potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked through.

4 Remove chicken and let cool enough to handle. While chicken is cooling add coconut milk, 2 cups (500 mL) water and rice. Cook until rice is done, about 20 minutes.

5 Coarsely chop or shred chicken and add to pot along with cilantro, peas, zest and juice. Serve.

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