Lemongrass Chicken
Created by Nina Simonds
Inspired by trips to India and Thailand, lemongrass chicken with green beans contains six cloves of garlic, which scientists believe strengthens the immune system. Adapted from Spices of Life.
Servings: Makes 6 servings
  • 2 dried red chiles , seeds removed, or 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 4 stalks lemongrass , ends trimmed, tough outer stalks removed, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic
Coconut sauce:
  • 1 1/2 cups light coconut milk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans , cut in half on the diagonal
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 medium red onions , thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 medium red bell peppers , thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
To make seasoning: With the machine running, drop the chiles, followed by lemongrass and then garlic, into a blender and process. Pulse several times, until the mixture forms a paste and becomes smooth; set aside.

To make coconut sauce: In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients; set aside.

To prepare chicken: Place chicken breasts on a cutting board. With the blade of a sharp knife parallel to the board, thinly slice breasts; set aside.

In a 3-quart casserole or a large skillet with a lid, bring 2 cups water to a boil. Add green beans and cook until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes; drain. Refresh under cold water; drain again.

Heat 1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil in the same pan over high heat until very hot. Add chicken and stir-fry until cooked through, about 3 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate; drain excess fat.

In the same pan over medium-low heat, warm remaining 1 1/2 Tablespoons oil. Add seasoning and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

Increase heat to medium. Add onions and stir-fry 1 minute, then add bell peppers and rice wine; stir-fry 1 minute. Cover and cook until the vegetables are tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high. Add beans and coconut sauce; bring to a boil. Add chicken, cover, and simmer until the beans are tender, about 5 minutes.

Stir in basil and taste for seasoning; add more salt if necessary. Scoop chicken and vegetables into a bowl and serve with steamed rice if desired.


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