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03.26.2001

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today's special : 
Thai Green Curry Chicken
Thai curries are incredibly fast and easy to prepare, provided you take this little shortcut: go to an Asian market or fancy whole foods grocer, and pick up a little jar of green curry paste. Yes, it's sort of cheating, but if the fast, delicious results alone don't assuage your guilt, rest assured that it's what a lot of Thai cooks use as well. Curry paste will keep indefinitely in the fridge. Make the full batch, even if you only have 2 stomachs to feed -- curry tastes even better as leftovers.


ingredients
1/4 cup minced shallot, or 2 fat cloves garlic
1 medium onion
1 lb. red potatoes
1/4 lb. green beans
1/2 cup fresh basil
2 boneless chicken breast pieces
1 can coconut milk
2-3 tsps. Thai green curry paste, or to taste
1 cup stock
2 tbsps. fish sauce, or to taste
3 tsps. brown sugar
time 
30-40 minutes

serves
6

1. Mince the shallot/garlic as finely as possible. Peel and roughly chop the onion, then cut the potatoes into 3/4" cubes. Top and tail the green beans, then slice them into 1" sections. Gently tear the basil leaves. Slice the chicken breast into pieces no more than 1/4" thick.
2. Place the shallots and coconut milk in a large pot, then bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a gentle simmer, then add 2 tsps. curry paste and stir well. Cook for 3-5 minutes. Add more curry paste to taste if you like more heat in your curries.
3. Add the remaining ingredients except the chicken (if you're so inclined, you can also reserve 1 tbsp. of the basil leaves to use as garnish). Cook for 15-20 minutes or so, until the potatoes are tender.
4. Add the chicken and cook for about 3 minutes; turn off the heat while the chicken is still a little pink in the center (it'll be cooked to perfection by the time it reaches the table). Add salt to taste.
5. Serve with steamed rice or noodles.

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