Thursday, October 27, 2016

Butternut Cauliflower Coconut Chicken Curry

File this one under things unlike anything else I've ever made. I love trying new recipes and mixing it up a bit. This dish is FULL of flavor and has so many different flavor dimensions. The base is creamy and coconutty with a giant punch of that unmistakable curry flavor. I found the original recipe in this month's issue of Cooking Light, but tweaked a few things to clean it up and added chicken to make it a protein packed, complete meal. The roasted chick peas and peas are the perfect crunch on top! 

This meal is perfectly fine as is, which is how we ate it, but it would also be delicious over quinoa or even jasmine rice! The roasted chick peas and peas on top create the most perfect crunchy bite. We loved this dish! 

Butternut Cauliflower Coconut Chicken Curry

1 (15 oz.) can unsalted chick peas, rinsed and drained
3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
1/2 cup frozen green peas, thawed
1 small chopped yellow onion
2 Tbsp. fresh minced garlic
1.5 Tbsp. curry powder
3 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
1/2 head cauliflower, cut into florets
2 cups unsalted vegetable stock
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup full fat canned coconut milk
6-8 chicken tenderloins

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 

Place chickpeas on a rimmed baking sheet and toss with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Spread chickpeas in an even later and bake for 30 minutes. Add peas to pan and bake for another 5 minutes, or until peas and chick peas are crisp. 

Reduce oven heat to 375 degrees. 

Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange chicken tenderloins on sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with a little salt and pepper. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until juices run clear.

While the chicken is cooking, heat a large dutch oven over medium heat. Add remaining 2 Tablespoons of olive oil with the onion and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes. Add curry powder and cook for another minute or so. Add butternut squash and cauliflower, as well as the stock, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. 

Remove pan from heat and stir in coconut milk. Slice chicken and add it to the vegetables. Serve with roasted chick peas and peas on top! 

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