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Chicken Stir-Fried with Lemongrass and Chili

Chicken Stir-Fried with Lemongrass and Chili

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Ingredients

1 1/3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, well-trimmed and cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp sugar
2 1/2 tsp Madras curry powder
2 1/2 tsp fish sauce
2 tbsp canola or other neutral oil
1 large shallot, finely chopped
1 or 2 Thai or serrano chilis, finely chopped
1 stalk lemongrass, trimmed and finely chopped (about 3 tbsp)
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 3/4-inch squares
1/2 cup coconut milk
3-4 sprigs cilantro, coarsely chopped

Directions

Combine chicken, salt, sugar, curry powder and fish sauce in a bowl.  Stir to coat chicken evenly.  Set aside to marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes to 1 hour (we did an hour).
 
Heat oil over high heat in a wok or large skillet until hot but not smoking.  Add shallot, chilis, lemongrass and stir-fry  until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add the chicken mixture and bell peppers.  Quickly stir-fry to coat with the aromatics, then let the chicken sear, undisturbed, on one side for about 1 minute.  Using a wok spatula, flip the chicken pieces over and sear on the other side, undisturbed, for about 1 minute.  Add coconut milk, lower the heat to simmer, and cook 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure even cooking.  The chicken is done when the coconut milk is barely visible and the chicken is cooked through.

Transfer to a serving plate or bowl, sprinkle with cilantro, and serve immediately.

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