Saturday, February 16, 2013

Chicken XimXim

Hakuna Matata! This African stew will give you the energy you need to punch those bastard hyenas. 

SUMMARY
People may not be able to find Kony hiding in Africa but you won't have any problem finding loads of flavor in this African stew. XimXim is an African stew typically made along the coasts where you can find a huge variety of available ingredients. This particular version I made has incredible flavor contrasts with coconut, peanut, sweet onion, and chili just to name a few. This is perfect for a cold day and earlier when I walked outside I could cut glass with my nipples. 

PAIRING
Honestly just pair this with either a light beer, a soft drink, or ice water or iced tea. Sure you could pair a wine with this but I wouldn't, it would be like wearing a tuxedo to a cockfight...it just wouldn't be right.

THE RECIPE

  • 2.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast cut into chunks
  • 1 large sweet onion halved and then sliced into thin half circles
  • 2 red bell peppers finely diced
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes (14.5oz)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts finely ground in a food processor, if you can't do this then substitute 3 tablespoons of good quality peanut butter
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce (optional)
  • olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper
Start things off by grabbing a dutch oven style pot and heating a couple tablespoons of olive oil in it. Add your chicken chunks and brown them until they are cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside. 

Put a bit more olive oil in the pot just to freshen things up a bit and toss in your onion and bell peppers. Sweat those down until they are soft and a bit translucent. 

Now add in your tomatoes and garlic, combine well and let this mixture cook for about 3 minutes. Make sure you stir occasionally. 

Next add your broth, coconut milk, ground peanuts (or peanut butter if you're going that route), and fish sauce (if you're using it) and bring to a boil. Once you get a boil kill the heat to your lowest setting, add the chili powder and re-add the chicken to the pot. Stir well cover and let this simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir once or twice while simmering. 

Grab a bowl, put a bit of freshly ground black pepper on top if you're so inclined and watch the Lion King.  Try not to cry when Mufasa dies. 

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