This is an unusual recipe and the flavor of the chicken is just amazing. There are plenty of ingredients in the marinade, ensuring you get plenty of complex flavor. Use chicken breasts for this recipe. It is up to you whether you want to make a sauce to serve with the chicken or just serve it as it is. If you do want a sauce you can either boil the marinating liquid for 10 minutes or make a new batch and boil it for 5 minutes. Either of these will produce a tasty sauce. In fact you might as well do this, even if you are not bothered about a sauce, because you already have the mixture for it, and some people might want to have some sauce with their chicken.

Boiling it after it has been in contact with the raw chicken is vital, so you eliminate the risk of cross-contamination, because raw chicken can contain various bacteria. Boiling it if you make it from scratch is also recommended, albeit for a shorter time, and this is not only to heat it but also to thicken the sauce up a bit and combine the ingredients, bringing out all the flavors in there and letting it mellow out a bit.

This is a great recipe for the barbeque because the smokiness you get complements the flavors but you could bake, broil or even pan-fry the chicken if you like the sound of this recipe but the weather is not right for outdoor cooking. Add a few drops of liquid smoke to the marinade and will be able to recreate that barbeque smoky taste. Marinate the chicken for at least 2 hours, or even overnight if you prefer. If you like, you can cut each chicken breast in half to make thinner ones. These are quicker to cook and will also expose more surface area to the marinade, resulting in a more intense flavor.

Ingredient Explanation and Substitutions

You can use regular or light coconut milk, and any kind of oil you like, such as vegetable, olive or peanut oil. Just use whatever you have in the cupboard. Curry powder varies hugely from brand to brand, so just use your favorite. The marinade also features cayenne but if you are using a particularly spicy curry powder you might want to leave it out or just use less cayenne, or use chili powder instead or in addition to the cayenne. Use fresh lime juice in this recipe, not the kind you get in a bottle. This will yield a fresher result.

You can use brown sugar instead of the white sugar if you prefer, or even some kind of sweetener. Taste the mixture before adding the chicken because this is what your sauce is going to be made of, so you will want to make sure it tastes good, and is not too spicy, too sweet, or too acidic tasting. You can adjust the ingredients to ensure you are happy with it before you add the poultry. The finished recipe can be served with white rice, barbequed pineapple slices or another kind of fruit, or you could contrast the Caribbean flavor with American style side dishes like potato salad or coleslaw, or in fact anything else you are in the mood for, either hot or cold.

Gently Curried Chicken on the BBQ
Summary: Chicken breasts are marinated in a delicious mixture which includes cumin, coriander, coconut, curry powder, lime juice and more, and this will also double up as a sauce for serving.
Cuisine: Caribbean
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4
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  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1½ teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. Whisk together all the ingredients except the chicken.
  2. Put the chicken in a Ziploc bag and pour in the coconut milk mixture.
  3. Seal and refrigerate for several hours.
  4. Preheat the barbeque to medium-hot.
  5. Either discard the marinade or boil it for 10 minutes.
  6. Cook the chicken for 6 minutes per side on the barbeque, or until it is 165 degrees F in the thickest part.
  7. If you chose to boil the marinade, you can serve it as a sauce with the chicken.

Photo Description:

This unusual recipe is sure to impress everyone because the flavor is fantastic. It is so easy to make. You just have to combine the marinade ingredients, add the chicken and leave it in there to soak up all those fantastic flavors. In the photo we have served the finished chicken with some of the sauce ladled over it (the sauce is made by boiling the marinade mixture) along with colorful orange and grapefruit wedges to add color to the plate. We also sprinkled some dried herbs over the finished dish. Parsley, cilantro or basil would work if you want to do that too.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

My name is Christine and I am delighted to welcome you here. Easy Barbeque Recipes aims to demystify the world of barbequing and turn anyone into a brilliant backyard chef regardless of culinary knowledge or past cooking experience. Cooking with fire is not only an easy cooking method but it is the original cooking method. An open fire was used to cook before there were such things as ovens, microwaves or crockpots. Barbequing is not just a cooking method either. It is a social event. Inviting friends over and grilling food for them is always fun and adding home-cooked food to any party is a surefire way to please a crowd. Nothing beats the incredible flavor of flame-grilled food, and you can barbeque all kinds of ingredients and recipes, including meat, poultry, fish, seafood, veggies, and even pizza.


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