Caribbean Smothered Chicken With Coconut, Lime and Chiles 4.000

Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post; food styling by Bonnie S. Benwick/The Washington Post

Oct 12, 2018

What “smothering” means in soul-food terms is coating a slow-cooked meat with a blanket of saucy aromatics that end up as gravy -- according to chef Carla Hall.


Servings:
4

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Tested size: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 4 large bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 pounds total)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 6 large sprigs thyme, plus fresh thyme leaves for serving
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 habanero chile, partially slit open
  • 1 cup low-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 large lime, plus wedges for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder

Directions

Season the chicken generously all over with salt and pepper.

Heat the oil in a large, shallow Dutch oven or deep saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken to the pan, skin sides down. Sear for about 5 minutes, turning them over once, until browned on both sides and some of their fat has rendered. (They will not be cooked through.)

Push the thighs to one side of the pan, turning them skin sides up; add the thyme and onions to the other side of the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until they pick up some color.

Add the garlic, chile pepper and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute, then pour in the coconut milk and water. The browned skin on the thighs should remain above the level of liquid. Increase the heat to medium; once the liquid begins to boil, move the onion mixture around the chicken pieces, as needed. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes, or. until the chicken is cooked through. Discard the thyme sprigs.

Uncover and stir in the lime juice. Cook for about 5 minutes, then stir in the curry powder and lime zest. Scatter some thyme leaves on top.

Serve right away (with or without the chile pepper), with lime wedges.

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Adapted from “Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration” (Harper Wave, 2018).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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