West African Chicken Soup and Thai Broccoli Salad

Last night I made Gluten – Free soup and salad. It is funny because both dishes have origins in different parts of the world, but surprisingly both dishes came together nicely to form a wonderful dinner. Gluten Free meals are not terribly difficult to make, so I am learning. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised with my local grocery store yesterday when I noticed that it had more of a gluten free selection than I originally imagined. I will blog about that tomorrow in more detail.

Tonight Nick and I have to drive 70 miles North to take the car to get a routine checkup at the dealership… yep, you heard it right – 70 miles! I will likely not be making a dinner tonight, but I anticipated the journey and plan to bring you news on some exciting products I found! Our lives are kind of crazy right now, because as I mentioned we live in the middle of nowhere. While many people may have a terrible problem with living life in a military town, I actually love it. It is fun and I like the semi-seclusion of life right now.

Let’s get down to business.  First, I will tell you about Thai Broccoli Salad.

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups water
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • ¼ cup Sweet Red Chili Sauce  - I used the Thai Kitchen brand, which is gluten free.
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ cup shredded carrot

 

Directions:

 

  • Bring water to a boil in a saucepan
  • Add broccoli, cook 3 to 4 minutes
  • Rinse under cold water; drain well
  • Mix chili sauce, lime juice and salt in large bowl with whisk until well blended
  • Add broccoli and carrots; toss to coat well. Cover
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until ready to serve!

 

Now let’s get going on the other dish. Yes, the OTHER dish  - the soup. I was slightly concerned about how this soup was going to turn out because it has a lot going on in it, but I will tell you the West Africans know how to do it right. I spent some time in West Africa and back then I was kind of a food snob so I did not enjoy much of anything. The only thing I enjoyed was to spite somebody who was bugging me about my undercooked chicken. While I do not suggest anybody EVER eat undercooked meat, my red chicken was one of the best meals I ate when I was in Africa.

 

Here is what you will need to make this wonderful West African Chicken Soup  - well at least my version of it!

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium sized chicken breasts, cubed
  • Black pepper – I am in love with pepper, so I used a lot. Scale your measurements to your liking
  • Salt – I only used one turn for each side of the chicken
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thinly
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced finely
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk -  I used Thai Kitchen because it is gluten free
  • 4 cups low – sodium, gluten free chicken stock
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 3 to 4 medium sized potatoes, peeled and large dice

 

 

Directions:

  • In a large pot, season the chicken with salt and [generously] with pepper and cook until no longer pink the middle; set aside to cool [cube chicken after it has cooled]
  • Add the onion to the pot and cook for 5 minutes, until they are translucent, stirring occasionally
  • Add ½ the garlic and cayenne and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently
  • Add the coconut milk, chicken stock, tomatoes and peanut butter
  • Bring to a boil and reduce liquid by 1/3 – about 6 minutes
  • Reduce heat to a rolling simmer and add the potatoes, chicken and remaining garlic
  • Cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through
  • Season, to taste, with [salt and] pepper. I did not add any additional salt,  just pepper
  • Serve hot and with the salad!  

 

I hope you all give one or both of these dishes a try! The soup made the entire house smell absolutely wonderful! In fact, coming back into the house this morning the aroma of last nights dinner still loomed and it made me happy - that is how good this soup made it smell in here! I kind of regret giving the rest of the soup to Nick for lunch today, but he will definitely enjoy it and all of his work friends will be jealous! 

I hope you all enjoy this Gluten - Free meal as much as Nick and I did! Check back tomorrow for my awesome finds and a cameo from another sweet drink!

Until Next Time,

Happy Gluten-Free Diet!