Sunday, October 1, 2017: Dinner No. 94: Improv Chicken Coconut Curry & Cinnamon Pastries
October 6th, 2017 by Katekoster

Tonight we wanted to try doing something new: a chicken coconut curry, but it was Sunday night and we didn’t have a lot of time to shop or cook.  We had chicken, coconut milk, onions, canned tomatoes and a bunch of different spices.  (We thought that we had curry powder but we didn’t so we made our own: it was fun and we got to choose how spicy we wanted it.)  Some of the recipes we googled called for adding spinach, but we didn’t have that either but we did have kale…so we added that.  It was delicious and pretty fast to make.  We served it over rice and make cinnamon pastries for dessert.

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Chicken Coconut Curry:

First we made our own curry powder.  We combined cumin, ginger, coriander, turmeric, and salt and pepper. Some curry powder recipes call for cayenne pepper but we wanted a milder curry.  Then we chopped the chicken into bite size pieces and tossed the chicken with the curry mix.  We sauteed the chicken in a little olive oil along with one sliced yellow onion until the chicken was mainly cooked through and the onions were translucent.  Then we dumped in the tomatoes and the coconut milk.  We let that reduce and then added pieces of kale.  We served it over rice, and it was so yummy.  Pretty healthy too, right, with the kale?

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Cinnamon Pastries:

Usually we make these with left-over pie dough from when we make a pie, but we didn’t have time to make a pie, and mom had store-bought pie dough in the freezer so we cheated and used that.  The key to using frozen pie dough (according to our mom) is to never tell anyone you are using it.  Ha Ha. But seriously it’s important to let it thaw a little but not so much it gets sticky.  Anyway,this is a super easy, fast dessert.  Once dough is thawed enough to roll out (but not sticky), roll out the dough in an oval. Spread with soft or melted butter. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on, roll up, cut in inch slices, bake for 12-15 minutes and eat! Keep an eye on them at 12 minutes so they don’t burn.  (Note if your dough seems too stick, put it in the fridge for 5 minutes or so to harden up a little.)

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