Curry-Peanut Chicken with White Rice & Marinated Vegetables

Curry-Peanut Chicken

with White Rice & Marinated Vegetables

25 MIN
$18.98/serving 4 Servings
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    In this flavorful dish, chicken is dusted with a coating of cornstarch just before hitting a hot pan to create a delicate crust—perfect for soaking up our vibrant sauce, made with spicy yellow curry paste, smooth peanut butter spread, and creamy mayo. To contrast the bold flavors, we’re serving it over crisp marinated vegetables and a simple bed of white rice.
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    Curry-Peanut Chicken with White Rice & Marinated Vegetables
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    • 20 oz Chopped Chicken Breast
    • 1 cup Long Grain White Rice
    • 2 Tbsps Smooth Peanut Butter Spread
    • 1½ Tbsps Yellow Curry Paste
    • 2 Scallions
    • ¾ lb Carrots
    • 4 Persian Cucumbers
    • ¼ cup Mayonnaise
    • 2 Tbsps Mirin (Salted Cooking Wine)
    • ¼ cup Cornstarch
    • ¼ cup Roasted Peanuts
    • 2 Tbsps Apple Cider Vinegar
    • 3 Tbsps Sweet Chili Sauce
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    Cook the rice
    1 Cook the rice

    Carefully rinse the rice (sifting through for any small stones or impurities). Drain thoroughly. In a small pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt, and 2 cups of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 13 to 15 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork. Cover to keep warm.

    Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce
    2 Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce

    Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel the carrots; grate on the large side of a box grater. Halve the cucumbers lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. In a large bowl, combine the grated carrots, sliced cucumbers, sliced white bottoms of the scallions, sweet chili sauce, and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Roughly chop the peanuts. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the peanut butter spread, curry paste, mayonnaise, mirin, and 1 tablespoon of warm water.

    Coat & cook the chicken
    3 Coat & cook the chicken

    Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; place in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cornstarch and toss to coat. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a thin layer of oil on medium-high. Once the oil is hot enough that a pinch of cornstarch sizzles immediately when added, add the coated chicken in an even layer (discarding any excess cornstarch). Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Turn off the heat.

    Dress the chicken & serve your dish
    4 Dress the chicken & serve your dish

    Discarding any oil from the pan, carefully transfer the cooked chicken to the bowl of sauce; stir to coat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the cooked rice topped with the marinated vegetables (including any liquid) and dressed chicken. Garnish with the chopped peanuts and sliced green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

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    Cook the rice
    1 Cook the rice

    Carefully rinse the rice (sifting through for any small stones or impurities). Drain thoroughly. In a small pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt, and 2 cups of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 13 to 15 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork. Cover to keep warm.

    2 Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce

    Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel the carrots; grate on the large side of a box grater. Halve the cucumbers lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. In a large bowl, combine the grated carrots, sliced cucumbers, sliced white bottoms of the scallions, sweet chili sauce, and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Roughly chop the peanuts. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the peanut butter spread, curry paste, mayonnaise, mirin, and 1 tablespoon of warm water.

    Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce
    Coat & cook the chicken
    3 Coat & cook the chicken

    Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; place in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cornstarch and toss to coat. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a thin layer of oil on medium-high. Once the oil is hot enough that a pinch of cornstarch sizzles immediately when added, add the coated chicken in an even layer (discarding any excess cornstarch). Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Turn off the heat.

    4 Dress the chicken & serve your dish

    Discarding any oil from the pan, carefully transfer the cooked chicken to the bowl of sauce; stir to coat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the cooked rice topped with the marinated vegetables (including any liquid) and dressed chicken. Garnish with the chopped peanuts and sliced green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

    Dress the chicken & serve your dish
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