If you follow me on Instagram you had seen I spent some time with Safeway and Albertsons at the 'Organics For All™' event with O Organics® a few weeks back. I had a wonderful trip. We started out our day with a delicious Overnight Oats Breakfast Bar, I can't wait to make for the next time we have company overnight, and then had a wonderful cooking demo with Registered Dietitian Anissa Chumbley. We then had a chance to hit the kitchen with O Organics® where my team decided to make the most heavenly Berry Muffins. Then we had an opportunity to look over all the amazing O Organic® products and see things that might not be available yet in our local stores!
The time with O Organics®, and all the other amazing bloggers left me inspired to hit the kitchen. Colt and I headed to our local Safeway store to pick up a few ingredients to make Caribbean Curry Chicken Red Beans and Rice. It's a faster version of two of my favorite things at the moment: Jamaican Curry Chicken with Coconut Red Beans and Rice. I use to work with this wonderful women named Nathalie who volunteered on the employee committee, and hooked me on Jamaican Curry Chicken. If you've never had it you've been missing out! Jamaican Curry Chicken is usually one of those long, and slow dishes that cooks the better part of the day, so I decided to create a Caribbean Curry Chicken Red Beans and Rice as a quicker fusion that can be made in under 30 minutes on a busy weeknight with all the flavors we love.
We had a group of 33 bloggers all with an interest on a healthy lifestyle using O Organics®. It was great to meet so many people with similar goals.
I'm thankful our local Safeway and Albertsons carry a wide selection of O Organics. O Organic products are available at Albertsons Companies stores across the country including ACME Markets, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Pavilions, and Star Market.
Dice 1 pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs or Breast. I chose thighs for this recipe for the flavor, but chicken breast can be used instead.
Toss Chicken with 1 1/2 tablespoons Jamaican Curry Powder, if using your hands make sure to wear gloves as the curry powder will turn your hands yellow.
Heat 2 tablespoons Butter, and 3 tablespoons Olive Oil, over medium-high heat until hot. Add chicken, and brown on both sides. Remove chicken from pan, and set aside.
Add 1/2 whole Diced Onion, and sauté until starting to caramelize. Stir in 4 cloves Minced Garlic, 2 cups Jasmine Rice, 2 sprigs Fresh Thyme or 1 teaspoon Dried, and 2 whole Bay Leaves. Stir until rice becomes translucent and herbs become fragrant.
Stir in Cooked Chicken, 15.5 ounces Drained Kidney Beans, 13.5 ounces Coconut Milk, 2 1/2 cups Chicken Broth, 1 tablespoon Tomato Paste, 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika, 1/2 teaspoon Oregano, 1/2 teaspoon Salt, 1/2 teaspoon Granulated Garlic, 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper, and 1 scotch Bonnet Pepper or Habenaro (Optional).
Stir until well combined. Bring to a simmer, cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for 20 minutes or until rice is tender.
The flavors in Caribbean Curry Red Beans and Rice will quickly become a family favorite. It's a wonderful flavor vacation during the cold, dreary days of fall, and winter. A perfect easy dinner packed full of protein!
At the recent O Organics 'Organic for All™'event, I had the opportunity to work with a vast selection of O Organics products, but please check your local Albertsons family store to see what's available in your area.