Balinese Chicken

This delicious recipe is easy to make and very tasty!

1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled
3 cm piece fresh ginger, chopped
1 – 2 teaspoons sambal oelek* depending on how much chilli you like
1 tablespoon crunchy peanut butter
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 kg sliced chicken breast (or sliced thigh fillets)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated palm sugar (optional)
250 ml light coconut milk
½ teaspoon salt

Process onion, garlic, ginger, sambal oelek, peanut butter and soy sauce in a food processor or with a bamix until smooth.

Gently heat oil in a large frying pan.  Add chicken in two batches and cook each batch for 5 minutes or until brown.  Remove and set aside.  If oil/fat is left in the pan, pour it off leaving only 1 tablespoon.  Add the onion mixture and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Add lemon juice, salt and coconut milk.  Bring to the boil.  Return chicken and simmer until the chicken is cooked and the sauce has thickened.

Serve with steamed asian greens, basmati or brown rice and a sprinkle of coriander leaves.  Serves 4

A tip for those on my Weight Loss Programs! Have Balinese Chicken  (using chicken breast) with plenty of steamed asian greens (no rice) and omit the palm sugar.

* sambal oelek – a paste made from ground red chillies (available from supermarkets and asian grocery stores)

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