Curried Chickpeas with Chicken
40 minutes with cooked or canned beans
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs, cut into chunks or slices and blotted dry
- Salt and black pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1/2 cup chopped scallions, white parts only
- 2 cups cooked or canned chickpeas, drained
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 small cauliflower, cored and roughly chopped
- 1 or 2 small dried hot red chiles (like Thai), or a pinch of red chile flakes
- 1 teaspoon sugar, optional
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
1. Put a large, deep skillet over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the oil, swirl it around and immediately add the chicken. Stir once, sprinkle with salt and pepper and let it sit for 1 minute before stirring again. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken has lost its pink color, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the ginger and scallions and cook for a half minute or so. Remove everything from the pan.
2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet. When it’s hot, add the chickpeas and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until the chickpeas are lightly browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with the curry powder, stir again and remove from the pan.
3. Put the coconut milk, cauliflower and chiles into the hot pan and reduce the heat so it bubbles gently. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower is tender and the mixture thickens, 10 minutes or longer.
4. Return the chicken and chickpeas to the pan and toss once or twice. Stir in the sugar if you like, then garnish with cilantro and serve.
Curried Chickpeas with Okra with Chicken:
Instead of the cauliflower, trim the stems from 1 pound okra but leave the pods whole. Proceed with the recipe, cooking the okra with the coconut milk mixture in Step 3 until it’s just tender, which could be less than 5 minutes, depending on its size.
Excerpted from The Food Matters Cookbook, written by Mark Bittman. Copyright (c) 2010 by Mark Bittman. Used by permission of Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved.