Rating: 3.5 stars
22 Ratings
  • 1 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 5 star values: 6

This big-batch recipe is an unusual but brilliant choice for freezing. Moist chicken thighs hold up well, especially in the spicy tomato sauce. To make dinnertime even easier, use heat-and-eat pouches of precooked unseasoned basmati rice. Serve with lime wedges.

Robin Bashinsky
Recipe by Cooking Light March 2014

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Recipe Summary

hands-on:
45 mins
total:
45 mins
Yield:
Serves 12 (serving size: 1/2 cup rice and about 1 cup chicken mixture)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with 1 teaspoon salt, cumin, and cinnamon. Add half of chicken to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring once. Remove chicken from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken; remove from pan.

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  • Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, onion, garlic, ginger, and serrano to pan; sauté 1 minute. Reduce heat to low; cook 5 minutes or until softened, stirring frequently. Add garam masala and red pepper; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add remaining 1 teaspoon salt, stock, half-and-half, and tomatoes, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low; stir in chicken. Simmer 6 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove from heat; stir in butter until butter melts. Serve over rice, or follow freezing instructions. Sprinkle with cilantro.

  • TO FREEZE: Cool chicken mixture and rice to room temperature; seal in separate large zip-top plastic freezer bags. Lay bags flat in freezer; freeze up to 2 months.

  • TO THAW: Microwave chicken mixture in bag at MEDIUM (50% power) for 4 minutes or until pliable. No need to thaw rice.

  • TO REHEAT: Place sealed bag of chicken mixture in a large pot of boiling water; cook 10 minutes or until heated. Pour rice into a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 3 minutes.

Chef's Notes

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Nutrition Facts

343 calories; fat 12.3g; saturated fat 4.7g; mono fat 4.3g; poly fat 1.4g; protein 25.9g; carbohydrates 31.4g; fiber 3g; cholesterol 122mg; iron 2.5mg; sodium 516mg; calcium 61mg.
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