This is one of the most popular dishes in Cambodia. It's a soupy curry that's more aromatic and less spicy than curries found in other parts of Southeast Asia. It uses a substantial amount of fresh ginger and lemongrass for flavor and fragrance. Serve over rice to soak up the sauce.
1/2 cup thinly sliced peeled fresh ginger
1/4 cup chopped peeled fresh lemongrass
1 1/2 tablespoons shrimp sauce (such as Lee Kum Kee) or shrimp paste
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon grated lime rind
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
5 garlic cloves, halved
2 large shallots, peeled and quartered
6 (4-ounce) chicken drumsticks, skinned
6 (4-ounce) chicken thighs, skinned
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup light coconut milk
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Lime wedges (optional)
How to Make It
Place first 10 ingredients in a food processor; process until minced, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add ginger mixture; sauté 2 minutes. Add chicken; cook 2 minutes on each side. Add broth, coconut milk, and sugar, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes or until chicken is done.
Remove pan from heat. Remove chicken from pan, reserving liquid in pan; cool chicken slightly. Remove the meat from bones, and discard bones. Place pan over medium heat. Stir in chicken and lime juice; cook for 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.
The ingredients in this recipe work so well together. The smell and the taste of this dish is just excellent. I used all chicken thighs, no drumsticks, but other than that I followed the recipe exactly. So,so good! I used lemongrass that you can buy in a tube (not my usual style, but lemongrass is one of the very few things where I shortcut). My husband loved it as well. This is definitely going to be cooked again:)
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