So I did something I haven’t done in years; I burned a creation that I just knew would be mouth-watering delicious. I even shamefully ate it partially cold at lunch, afraid that it might smell a little scorched. While trimming my tomato plants, repotting herbs that I started indoors, and working on my spinach trellis, I lost track of time and my inspired dish suffered. Though my spicy stewed coconut chicken dish was not perfect as intended, the ginger basil fried rice was it’s saving grace as that had my full attention. It was also a good reminder that time waits for no one, so neglecting to set a timer thinking “this won’t take long” is a recipe for scorched food. I sufficiently learned my lesson. This is a pretty inexpensive dish, using chicken legs as a base which adds lots of flavor while being wallet friendly. Even the fried rice required little using items already on hand. If you’d like to try a non-scorched version, check out the recipe below.
Spicy Stewed Coconut Chicken
1 pack of chicken legs (4 count)
1 can diced tomato
6oz coconut milk
6 cups of water
2 cups of chicken stock
1 cup of chopped spinach
1 cup diced onion
3 cloves of grated garlic
2 tbsp. fresh basil
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. fresh ground peppercorn (or coarse black pepper)
1 tsp. cayenne (optional)
1 tsp. sea salt
- Bring water and stock to a boil in a medium pot. Rinse and add chicken legs, garlic powder and ground peppercorns or pepper. Boil for 18 minutes.
- Remove chicken and cut from the bone before adding back into the pot. Add diced tomato (with liquid), coconut milk, basil and cayenne. Grate in garlic or mince well and add.
- Peel and dice a small onion and add to pot. Cook for 10 minutes on simmer, then rinse, chop and add spinach.
- Simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
- Enjoy with plain or fried rice.
Ginger Basil Fried Rice
1 cup cooked white or brown rice (preferably a few days old)
2 tbsp. reduced sodium soy sauce
1 small carrot grated or in slivers
1 tbsp. sriracha
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. grated ginger
2 cloves of sliced garlic
3 tbsp. chopped basil
1 tbsp. oil (olive, avocado or coconut oil)
- In a wok or large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Slice garlic and chop basil while oil heats.
- Add garlic and basil and stir to infuse in the oil. Add rice and stir occasionally, lightly browning for 5 minutes.
- Grate ginger and add to pot. Peel carrot and grate or peel into slivers with a potato peeler.
- Move still browning rice to one side of the pan and add the eggs. Mix in well with the rice.
- Add soy sauce, sriracha and sesame oil and mix well. Salt and pepper to taste.