Sunday, October 18, 2009

Evil Jungle Prince with Chicken (or Vegetables)

Evil Jungle Prince with Chicken (Or Vegetables)
4 servings

From the Once Upon a Plate blog ~ In this case evil translates to tasty!

The delicious and spicy stir-fry is served atop a bed of chopped cabbage. There are many versions of this recipe, I devised this one from several I found on the internet. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.


1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken or turkey (or lean, boneless pork)
1/2 pound mixed vegetables ~ see suggestions below
4 small red chili peppers (I use fresh Thai chilis)
1/2 stalk lemongrass
2 kaffir lime leaves (optional)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons fish sauce (I use 1 tablespoon fish sauce, and 1 tablespoon soy sauce; you can omit the fish sauce and use 2 tablespoons soy sauce instead.)
15 basil leaves
1 to 3 cups cabbage chopped

If you choose to include meat in the recipe, thinly slice chicken or turkey or pork into 2-inch strips. Next cut veggies into thin strips or slices.

I like to stir fry the chopped cabbage in a little oil for just a minute or two to soften it just slightly and allow the cabbage to mellow in flavor. I plate it on a warmed platter or serving dishes and keep it warm while making the remainer of the recipe.

The traditional recipe indicates to simmer the meat and vegetables together in the coconut milk mixture, but I prefer to cook them first then simmer briefly in the sauce.

I stir fry the meat next over high heat, in a little oil until just barely done, then set aside. Stir fry vegetables of choice until crisp tender, set aside with the chicken while continuing with recipe.

Grind together red chili peppers, lemon grass, and kaffir lime leaves in a food processor or with a mortar and pestle.

Heat oil and sauté pepper mixture for two to three minutes. Stir in coconut milk and cook for one to two minutes. Add the cooked chicken (or other meat, if using) and stir well to heat throughout. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in fish sauce and basil. Serve on bed of chopped cabbage.

Note: Some suggestions for the mixed vegetables~ bell peppers (any color), string beans, water chestnuts, cherry tomatoes, bamboo shoots, miniature corn, asparagus, cucumbers, zucchini, Japanese eggplant, mung bean sprouts, mushrooms.

I hope you enjoy!

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