Speedy Turmeric & Coconut Poached Chicken with Rice

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Speedy Turmeric & Coconut Poached Chicken with Rice

Poaching chicken breasts in a golden turmeric and coconut milk broth keeps them meltingly moist – throw in some seasonal veg and ladle over fluffy basmati and you have a light, aromatic Thai-inspired dinner.

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  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • A thumb of ginger
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 yellow chilli
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 150g white basmati rice
  • 250g kale
  • 1 carrot
  • 300ml cold water
  • Sea salt
  • 300ml boiling water

Prep: 10 mins | Cook: 20 mins

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1. Tip the rice into a bowl. Cover with cold water and whisk for 1-2 mins (you can use a fork) till the water goes cloudy. Drain, rinse the rice under cold water. Tip back into the bowl. Cover with fresh water and set to one side.
2. Peel and thinly slice the garlic and ginger. Halve the chilli and flick out most of the seeds. Finely chop the chilli.
3. Pour the coconut milk into a large pan. Add 300ml water. Add the garlic, ginger and chilli. Sprinkle in 1 tsp turmeric. Add a large pinch of salt. Place the pan on a gentle heat and bring to a simmer. When the golden coconut broth is bubbling, carefully lower in the chicken breasts. Cover with a lid and lower the heat. Poach the chicken for 15 mins.
4. While the chicken is cooking, drain the rice and tip into a small pan. Add 300ml boiling water and a pinch of salt. Cover. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat. Let the pan simmer for 8 mins till all the water is absorbed and the rice is tender. Take off the heat. Set aside, lid on, for 4 mins to finish cooking the rice.
5. While the rice cooks, trim and peel the carrot. Cut it in half lengthways, then peel into thin strips. Finely shred the kale.
6. Lift the chicken out of the turmeric broth and pop on a plate. Insert a sharp knife into the thickest part of the breast and check that it’s cooked through. There should be no pink meat or juices. Cook a little longer if there are. Cover the plate with foil and set aside to rest.
7. Increase the heat under the broth and bubble for 3 mins to reduce it slightly. Drop in the carrot and kale. Cook for 2 mins so they’re just tender but still have some bite.
8. Spoon the rice into warm bowls. Top with the veg. Thinly slice the chicken breasts and arrange on top of the rice. Ladle over the turmeric and coconut broth to serve.
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So easy to cook & very yummy!