Friday, 7 November 2014

Green Thai Curry made in 20 mins for £6!

Green Thai Curry with a £6 budget, cooking with a Green Earth Pan


When time is short and you need a quick easy cook healthy meal with a £6 budget this is a great recipe. Feeds four people or great for two people with leftovers for lunch.

INGREDIENTS- (All from ALDI)
  • Asia Specialities Thai Green Curry Sauce (350g) £0.89
  • Chicken Thighs x 6 £1.99
  • Bilash Easy Cook Long Grain Rice (1Kg) £0.89
  • 1 x chicken stock cube for the rice. 
  • Use any oil or Spray Light for cooking you only need a minimum amount. 
  • Vegetables mixed: (you probably already have these in your kitchen or it shouldn't cost you more than £2 if you don't) 
  • Green Pepper (red or yellow fine too- whatever you have in the fridge) 
  • 1 x Courgette
  • 2 small Carrots
  • 2 Garlic Bulbs
  • 1 x Red Onion (If you have a white onion in your cupboard this is also fine)

Cooking Utensils-
  • Medium saucepan and lid for the rice
  • Griddle or grill pan for the vegetables
  • Green Earth Pan for the chicken (I like the 20cm one so you free up the cooker space) *
  • Cutting Knife
  • Kitchen cutting board
Cooking Instructions- 

1. Cook your rice while you are making the curry. 
Boil some water half way up in a medium saucepan with a chicken stock cube until boiling. Then clean your rice in a colander under a tap to remove the starch. Place in the boiling water so it is 1/2 rice and 1/2 water. Then reduce the heat on the lowest setting (flame), put the lid on. Leave to cook for 15 mins and then turn off the heat and fluff with a fork. Leave the lid on for five mins more and serve with your curry.

2. Prepare and cook your vegetables.
Spray a griddle pan with three sprays of Fry Light. With a garlic crusher put your two bulbs in the pan, cut your carrots, courgette, onion and pepper into bite size chunks and also add to the pan. Cook this on a medium heat stirring continuously. 


3. Put your chicken on to cook.

Use a tiny amount of oil and rub away the excess in the Green Earth Pan. I only use 2 sprays of Fry Light. Then take the skin off your chicken thighs and place them bone side down in the pan. Use a lower heat as the Green Earth Pan is a better conductor of heat than normal pans. Keep them cooking while you stir the vegetables. In fact this recipe is so relaxed have a sip of wine! Turn the chicken after 10 minutes.





4. Add your sauce. 
After 15 mins turn off your rice and add the Green Thai Sauce to your vegetables, wait till it is slightly bubbling and then add your chicken and turn to low. Put a tiny bit of water in the empty jar, put the lid on and vigorously shake the jar to get the rest of the sauce out.
Stir and make sure the chicken and vegetables are all coating in the sauce. Add salt and cracked black pepper for seasoning.





5. Pour another wine. 
Then serve up your fluffy rice and add your curry. Garnish with some spinach leaves if you want or whatever you have handy- coriander is lovely too. Go and relax with your bowl of food which is healthy and really low fat.


*What is a Green Earth Pan?
I cooked with a Green Earth Pan by Ozeri which is great for cooking meat in as you can do it in less time because it cooks quicker than normal pans. It also has a natural ceramic as a coating. It is non stick while being free of PTFE, PFOA and other harmful chemicals.
PTFE (PolyTetraFluoroEthylene is known to release toxic chemicals at high temperatures. PFOA stands for (PerFluoroOctonoic Acid which is a pollutant to the environment). With the Green Pan's ceramic coating, even under high temperatures, no harmful toxic fumes will ever be released into the environment. It's great to cook chicken which needs to be well cooked through in a quick time when you want to eat fast. You can get it here Green Pan £19.99.









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