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Chicken Hidden in Rice

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A family favorite.

  • 2 pounds chicken pieces, still on bone.
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon yellow curry powder
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups long grain rice, divided

  1. Combine chicken, coconut milk, sugar, soy sauce, oyster sauce, curry powder, salt, and bay leaves together in a medium pot or sauce pan. Cover and bring to a simmer over low heat
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer until chicken is cooked and falling off the bone
  3. Remove chicken pieces and discard bones and bay leaves.
  4. Measure cooking liquid and add enough water to make six cups.
  5. Put 1 1/2 cups of rice in a large pot. Arrange chicken pieces on top of the rice, then add remaining 1 1/2 cups of rice on top of the chicken. Add the six cups of liquid to the pot, cover, and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  6. When the liquid boils, immediately reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until rice is done, about 30 minutes.

Green sauce
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mild onion
  • 3 small red hot peppers, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon salt

    Puree all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Serve with chicken as a condiment

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  • From Lake Leelanau, Michigan

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There's more to food than just nutrition, otherwise we would all be eating custom-formulated kibble. I didn't exactly learn to bake from my grandmother, but my ancestors, even the ones I never met, have informed and influenced my lifelong exploration of cooking and food. Want to read more? Check out this entry from my home blog, French Road Connections