Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Another Recipe

I don't seem to be too inspired to write anything interesting on my blog these days, so I decided that since most of you seem to like a good recipe to try, I would post my VERY favorite recipe and urge you all to try it, then let me know how it turned out. (How is that for a rambling sentence?)

First, I have to tell you about the night we served it to some missionaries. The one Elder took a bite and got the weirdest look on his face. I asked him if anything was wrong and he said, "This is the most wonderful thing I have tasted in my entire life." Then he asked me for the recipe. I asked him if he was going to send it home so his mom could make it for him when he got home and he said, "Are you kidding? I am going to make it for myself, and very soon." So, if that is any recommendation besides my own, here it is:

"Singapore Chicken Stew"

1 pound boneless skinned chicken breasts
2 Tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon hot chili flakes
1/2 teaspoon Chinese five spice
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced fine
1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced fine
1 can (13.5 oz.) coconut milk
1 can chicken broth
2 cups lightly packed washed baby spinach leaves (about 4 oz.)
1 1/2 cups frozen petite peas
2 Roma tomatoes (about 8 oz total) rinsed, cored and chopped
1/4 cup sliced canned water chestnuts
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions, green part too
1 Tablespoon lime juice
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

1) Rinse chicken, pat dry and cut into 1 inch chunks. In a bowl mix flour, salt, chili flakes and five spice. Add chicken pieces and mix to coat.
2} Pour oil into 4 or 5 quart pan over medium high heat. Add chicken mixture, garlic and ginger. Stir frequently and cook for about 4 minutes. Add coconut milk and broth and bring to a simmer. Adjust heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook to blend flavors, about 8 minutes.
3) Stir in spinach, peas, tomatoes, water chestnuts, green onions and lime juice, and cook, stirring often until spinach in wilted, about 6 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro before serving from pan. Ladle into bowls and put a scoop of rice that has been cooked separately in the middle of bowl. Serves four.

I ALWAYS double the recipe because I like to have leftovers and this heats up nicely the next day, or even from a frozen state. It really is tasty and don't let all the ingredients be daunting. Dick and I form a team and do all the chopping and it goes pretty fast. If you want to make it ahead you can go through the second stage and put it away until later, then just bring it to a boil and just go on from there. It is really quite easy to make.


  1. I love new recipes, and if a missionary tried it and liked it that much that is really saying something!!

  2. You are so sweet to share recipes with us. Hugs

  3. This sounds delicious, and perfect for the cold weather we have coming our way. Thanks for sharing! Kat

  4. Oh that does sound good. I'm especially impressed that it has no dairy in it. I'm going to make this! Thank you Darlene.

  5. Mmmm! That sounds delicious. And what high praise to have received from that missionary! I can't wait to try this on my husband. Thank you!

  6. I still need to try this one myself. Can you believe I've never done it yet?

    (Yep, knowing me as you do, I'll bet you can...)


    PS. I know I would love it because I'm addicted to coconut milk.

  7. This sounds just marvelous...I can almost smell it!! I know the family will likeit...yum!!

  8. I can testify to this wonderful dish. Was fortunate to have it served to me at a recent visit. Loved it!!

  9. Thanks for all your neat comments. I hope you all do try it,and Nancy, you just need to comment more on Sue's and my blog. Loved loved loved what you wrote on Sue's.

  10. Thanks for that recipe; I can't wait to make it.
    I love your thoughts too.
    I love the missionaries and I am sure they do know what its good and what is not; so I know it must be good.
    Blessings to you! LeAnn

  11. What a great recipe! LaMar and I have decided to try and cook some new dishes and this is going to be one of mine. We've ordered some rice for our food storage and we can use it with this stew. Yum yum!

  12. Well, if the missionaries give a 2 thumbs up, well then I'm sure it's a keeper recipe! Thanks for sharing and this is one I know the hubs will love!

  13. Thanks, Darlene, for your wonderfully kind words about my mother today! You made me smile when you said "remember, she's not very far away!" The best thing you could have said to me!! Bless you!!