Braised Coconut Shredded Chicken

This recipe was inspired by Indonesian “lemper ayam” recipe (sticky rice with shredded chicken filling wrapped in banana leaves). Since sticky rice is totally not Paleo (grain, high starch, sugar etc) I decided to only make the shredded chicken filling.

Braised Coconut Shredded Chicken
Ingredients:
2 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breasts
2-3 shallots
1/2 garlic cloves
2 stalks of lemon grass
1″ of galangal root
Handful of lime leaves
Salt
1/2 Tbsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/4 cup coconut milk
2 Tbsp coconut oil
3/4 cup of water

Directions:
1. Bring 3/4 cup water to boil.

2. Cook the chicken breasts for about 5 minutes (or until cooked). Reserve the water for future use (you just made your own chicken stock!) Let it cool.

3. After the meat has cooled down, shred the chicken with a fork. Set aside.

4. Chop the garlic and shallots (I used my Magic Bullet and pulsed them to get them minced). Cut and bruise the lemon grass. Slice the galangal root.

5. Heat 2 Tbsp coconut oil on medium heat. Saute the chopped garlic/shallot mixture with lemon grass, lime leaves and galangal until fragrant.

6. Mix in the shredded chicken breasts, pour in the coconut milk. Season with salt, pepper and coriander accordingly.

7. Turn up the heat to high and cook until all the water evaporated.

Discard the lemon grass, lime leaves and galangal. Serve with your favorite veggies side dish. This chicken will also be good in soup. Enjoy!

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