What is the difference between a curry and a stew? I’m not sure. The basis of this was labeled as a stew in Perfect One-Dish Dinners: All You Need for Easy Get-Togethers, a book I’m still exploring. I would have called it a curry. My usual Thai like coconut milk curries have curry paste in them, which this did not. I missed the zip and tang of the curry pastes but if you have a milder palette, this is good. I added some of this cooked chicken at the very end because I only had 4 large shrimp left from my breaded fried shrimp and spaghetti meal. I almost added more vegetables to this but decided to leave it plainer. That said, I only had half a red pepper so didn’t use the whole called for in the original recipe.
Chicken and Shrimp Coconut Stew or Curry
- Serve this over rice so start the rice first.
- 2 Tbs oil
- 1/2 a red pepper cut into thin strips
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 4 cloves garlic peeled and minced
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro separated
- 4 green onions sliced with greens and white parts separated
- 1 -2 large tomatoes seeded and cut into chunks (or 1 14-oz can diced tomatoes, drained)
- 1 14- oz can coconut milk
- 4-6 large shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1/2 - 1 cup cup large chunks of cooked chicken
- 2 Tbs lime juice
- Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or large deep skillet and add the sliced red peppers once the oil is warmed. Cook until almost done, about 5 minutes. Leave a little crunch in them as they'll finish cooking in the coconut milk.
- Add the garlic, 1/4 cup of the cilantro, red pepper flakes and the white parts of the green onions. Cook another minute, stirring.
- Add the coconut milk and tomatoes. Bring to a simmer and cook about 5 more minutes, stirring.
- Add the shrimp and partially cover the pan. Cook 5 more minutes or so, until the shrimp is cooked through. Add the cooked chicken and heat through, stirring.
- Stir in the lime juice and then taste, adding more salt if needed.
- Serve on a bed of steamed rice, with the rest of the cilantro and the green parts of the onion sprinkled on top.