Saturday, November 12, 2011

Coconut, Curry, and Lime Whole Chicken

Coconut, Curry, and Lime Whole Chicken

1 whole chicken, 3-5 lbs (with skin)
1 can coconut milk
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp cumin
3 tsp salt
2 jalapenos, cut lengthwise
1 large garlic clove, finely minced
4 key limes
1/2 large yellow onion, cut into wedges

1. Optional: The night before, remove any internal organs from your chicken, and place in a small deep pot; cover with water. Put on the lid and refrigerate until the next day. I always do this step as it ensures a moist and delicious chicken every time.

2. Take chicken and place in a deep bowl, cut deep slits into chicken breast and thighs. Rub 2 tsp salt under the chickens skin and on the breast meat. Pour coconut milk over the whole chicken and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator until 2 hours before dinner.

3. Preheat the oven to 375F. Lay out your roasting pan. Place coconut covered chicken in roasting pan (breast side up or down-does not matter), discard left over coconut milk. Combine curry and cumin, sprinkle evenly all over chicken. Spread salt and place jalapenos inside the chickens cavity.

4. Squeeze the juice of limes over the chicken and place in the bottom of your roasting pan. Sprinkle garlic over the top, pushing some pieces into the cut slits of the chicken meat. Scatter onion and other jalapeno in the pan, around the chicken. Pour a little bit of water (about 1/2 cup) in the bottom of the pan. Cover with foil.

5. Roast chicken for 1 hour, remove foil and roast another 30-45 mins or until golden brown and meat thermometer registers 180F in the chicken's thigh.

6. Enjoy! Serve with Coconut Rice, garnished with roasted jalapenos.

Calories calculated using Sparkrecipes calculator: 162.8 calories per serving