Creamy Chicken and Lime

Creamy Chicken and Lime

  • Serves: 4 - 5
  • Prep Time: 00:15
  • Cooking Time: 00:25
  • * Marinate: 1 hour
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The fresh flavour from zesty limes, and the sweet warm spices of garam masala in this creamy chicken dish will delight your taste buds. Serve with cauliflower rice and bok choy, steamed lightly and tossed in coconut aminos.

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup coconut cream, mixed well
  • Juice of 2 lge lime(s)
  • Fine lime zest, from 1 lime
  • 2 tsp coriander, ground
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 3/4 - 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 600g - 700g skinless chicken, breast or tenderloins, diced
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 onion(s), diced
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced or grated
  • 3/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • Fresh coriander, leaves roughly chopped - to serve

Directions

To a medium bowl add coconut cream, lime juice and zest, coriander, cumin, garam masala and paprika; mix well. Add diced chicken and stir through the marinade to coat well. Place in the fridge for 1 hour. (You can read more on my favourite spice blend garam masala, in this blog.)

To cook: Heat a large frying pan on medium heat. Add coconut oil and onion, cook, stirring for 2 minutes. Add garlic and ginger, cook for 1 minute.

Pour in the chicken with marinade and bring to a simmer; add salt. Cook uncovered, stirring often for 15 - 20 minutes or until chicken is tender. Add extra coconut cream at the end if you prefer more sauce.

Serve with bok choy (or another green vegetable), cauliflower rice and a sprinkle of coriander leaves. (Click here for my cauliflower rice recipe.) You can see more on this recipe in my blog.

coconut cream

I use this extensively throughout my recipes; from soups to dinners to desserts and cakes. I think it is the best dairy-free alternative. It gives so much flavour and creaminess to a wide variety of dishes. When purchasing in the can read your labels, even some organic brands contain gums and thickeners, choose full-fat not low-fat versions. I use Honest To Goodness organic cream 400ml and Ayam which isn't organic but has no additives or thickeners and is much creamier and thicker than other brands (that's why I love it), it comes in 400ml, 270ml and 140ml size cans.

lime(s)

A lime is a green citrus fruit. There are several species of the lime tree. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and calcium and are used to add flavour to foods and beverages.

lime zest

Lime zest is the finely grated green skin of the citrus fruit lime.The lime skin is where you will find the oil. To make lime zest, use a fine zest grater so you can avoid the bitter white pith under the skin.

coriander

Coriander is also know as cilantro. The fresh chopped green leaves in large amounts are a good source of vitamin C. The fresh leaves are an ingredient in many Indian, Thai, and Mexican dishes. They are usually tossed through just before serving as the heat can diminish the flavour. The dried fruits are known as coriander seeds, the seeds have a lemony citrus flavour when crushed. The word coriander in food preparation may only be referring to the ground seeds not the plant.

cumin

Cumin is a medium - hot spice which blends well in curries and is the main spice in the Middle Eastern dip, hummus. It is being studied for potential anti-oxidant and anticancer effects.

garam masala

Garam masala is an Indian blend of ground spices. Typical ingredients for garam masala are, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, black peppercorns, coriander, nutmeg, however different brands can use other spices too. Different brands can have stronger flavours than others, I purchase 'Simply Organic' brand, which doesn't contain any fillers like cornflour or maize.

paprika

Paprika is a spice made from grinding dried mild and sweet red chili peppers. Paprika is used to add colour and flavour to a dish. It has a sweet pungent flavour and distinct bitter aftertaste. Even just a small sprinkle of paprika can deliver antioxidants and nutrients like, Vitamin A, E and B6, also iron. I purchase an organic paprika made by 'Simply Organic' (from iherb.com). Paprika is a nightshade.

chicken

Choose grass fed, free-range chicken and organic if available. Chicken is a meat that gets injected with hormones to plumb it up, shop carefully. A good source of protein.

coconut oil

Coconut oil is one of the most nutritious fats to cook and bake with. Use organic extra-virgin coconut oil which is unrefined and unbleached from non GMO coconuts. Coconut oil has a high smoking point and it is slow to oxidize due to its high saturated fat content, thus, resistant to going rancid. Some studies suggest coconut oil helps with digestion, including irritable bowel, tummy bugs, candida and parasites due to this oil containing short term medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs), which is a healthy form of saturated fat.

onion(s)

In my recipes when listing onion I am referring to a brown (also called yellow) onion. Onions are members of the allium plant family which also includes garlic, leeks, spring onions and shallots. Onions are valued more for the flavour they impart in cooking than for their nutritional content. Onions are know for their antibacterial effect helping to prevent superficial infections and their sulfur compounds may block carcinogens.

garlic

Garlic is a close relative to the onion and has been used throughout history for both medicinal and culinary purposes. In most of my recipes I use minced garlic as I find it distributes better throughout the dish. When in a hurry I use organic minced garlic which I purchase in glass jars and store in the fridge. When garlic powder is needed for a particular recipe, I use 'Simply Organic' brand. Why is garlic so good for us? It is an immune booster, antibiotic, good for the heart, cancer fighter and it's also knew as a weight loss aid (appetite suppressant).

ginger

Ginger root is widely used as a spice but also for medicinal purposes. It is a hot spice which you will find in many commercial curry powders. It's often used to prevent motion sickness and nausea. Some studies have shown joint swelling in people suffering with arthritis experience less pain and swelling when taken daily. I like to use fresh minced ginger in my meals and dry ground ginger in baked goods.

pink Himalayan salt

Raw pink Himalayan salt crystals is unlike common table salt which can be a highly refined industrial byproduct, otherwise know as sodium chloride. Himalayan salt is completely pure and may naturally balance the body's alkaline/acidity and regulate water content. In addition Himalayan salt helps in the absorption of nutrients from food and contains many trace minerals for healthy cell structure. I purchase fine pink Himalayan crystal salt so I can use it in my shaker and for cooking.

coriander

Coriander is also know as cilantro. The fresh chopped green leaves in large amounts are a good source of vitamin C. The fresh leaves are an ingredient in many Indian, Thai, and Mexican dishes. They are usually tossed through just before serving as the heat can diminish the flavour. The dried fruits are known as coriander seeds, the seeds have a lemony citrus flavour when crushed. The word coriander in food preparation may only be referring to the ground seeds not the plant.

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