Indonesian Garlic Chicken

"Wear a sarong and a smile while cooking this delicious chicken. Simple ingredients combine to create an exotic taste that will carry you away to distant lands."
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  • Steam green beans until just tender, and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a saute pan or wok and saute chicken until meat turns white and is cooked through. Set aside.
  • Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil and saute garlic, ginger and onion until onion is soft. Do not let garlic burn.
  • Stir in the green beans.
  • Add lime juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, turmeric, salt and water. Let simmer for just a few seconds.
  • Add chicken pieces and stir until heated through and well coated with sauce.
  • Serve over rice.

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  1. The chicken had an exotic flavor that reminded me of an Indian type of curry with a predominance of turmeric in the flavoring. It went well with the green beans. A choice condiment to go with this (to make it nicely Indonesian) was Sriracha sauce, or a nice chile pate, the fieryness of which brought out the flavors even more. Thanks for a great dish!
  2. While the ingredient list appears to have a lot going on in this dish, both DH & I found the finished product to be surprisingly bland and felt it needed something to wake up the flavors. Thank you Geema for sharing the recipe.
  3. Good. A hearty & fairly healthy combination of chicken and green beans with clear, easy to follow instructions. Unfortunately, I found the flavor of the sauce to be too sour. After sampling the finished sauce prepared according to the instructions, I decided to try adjusting the seasonings -adding a bit more sugar, etc. I even tried adding a drizzle of Asian sesame oil as a condiment. This helped some, but I still found the taste to be overly of lime juice and it overpowered the dish for me. I am sorry - perhaps others will enjoy this more, but this just didn't work out for us as well I had expected.


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