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Thai Chicken with Minted Rice

Thai Chicken with Minted Rice

by 6 people

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 20 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 carrots, sliced crosswise
  • 1 large bell pepper, chopped
  • 5 tablespoons pesto
  • 1 13 1/2 ounce can  coconut milk
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 lime, cut into 8 wedges
Directions
  1. In a medium saucepan, cook the rice according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until browned on the outside, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Add the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil, the carrots and bell pepper to the skillet and season generously. Stir in the pesto and cook, stirring continuously, for 30 seconds. Stir in the coconut milk and all but 3 tbsp mint. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the carrots are tender, about 10 minutes.
  4. Return the chicken to the pan and cook until heated through, 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Stir the remaining 3 tbsp mint into the rice. Serve the chicken and sauce with the rice and lime wedges on the side.
Tip Spice It Up
  • If you like it hot, add a couple of pinches of crushed red pepper when you cook the carrots and bell pepper.