Creamy Curry Chicken and Rice

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Try a restaurant-quality recipe your family will love. Creamy Curry Chicken and Rice fills the kitchen with a fragrant promise of deliciousness for dinner.

Yield: serves 6 to 8

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron crushed
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked basmati rice
  • 1 (3-inch) stick cinnamon
  • 1 lb. skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon canola or light olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger peeled and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 serrano chili seeded and minced
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries chopped if large
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup chopped cashews
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water, 1 teaspoon of the salt and the saffron to a boil. Add rice and cinnamon stick to pan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Discard cinnamon stick and set rice aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and sauté 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove chicken from pan; cover and keep warm. Add onion and 1/2 teaspoon salt to pan.
  3. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook onion 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add curry, ginger, cardamom, red pepper, garlic and serrano; cook 3 minutes until fragrant, stirring frequently. Add dried cherries and stir in yogurt; cook 3 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly. (Nonfat yogurt will curdle but will be absorbed into the rice so it’s not noticeable.) Add chicken and cook about 4 minutes until thoroughly heated. Add cooked rice and stir well to combine. Garnish with chopped cashews and cilantro and serve.
  4. If you are trying Meatless Mondays, substitute a can of rinsed and drained garbanzo beans for the chicken. Equally delicious and no need to cook in advance before adding them to the dish.
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