CURRIED CHICKEN WITH FAUX BACON – EGG – MINCED PEANUTS – PARSLEY IN COCONUT MILK / WHITE RICE / ASPARAGUS WITH LEMON ZEST / BUTTER LETTUCE WITH BASIL TOMATO – AVOCADO – FAUX BACON IN CAESAR DRESSING

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–curry powder (boxed)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–minced peanuts (use a food processor)

–parsley (fresh)

–eggs (2)

–coconut milk (lite, canned)

–white rice (instant)

–asparagus (one-half bunch, fresh)

–lemon zest (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–butter lettuce (half a package)

–tomato (1, fresh, medium)

–basil

–avocado

–Caesar salad dressing

1 – Place chicken in a covered baking dish.  Add one-fourth cup of coconut milk to 2 tablespoons of curry powder.  Stir well.  Add this sauce to the chicken.  Sprinkle minced peanuts and parsley over the chicken.  Set aside.

2 – Place one-half package of butter lettuce in a mixing bowl.  Chop 1 tomato, and season with salt, pepper, and basil; then add to the bowl.  Stir well.  Set aside.

3 – Place two-thirds cup of white rice to a covered baking dish.  Add two-thirds cup of water.  Season with salt and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  When finished, let sit for at least 5 minutes to allow water to be absorbed.

4 – Place one-half bunch of asparagus to a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon zest, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

5 – Break 2 eggs in a shallow, covered baking dish.  Stir, and season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  When finished, chop the egg and keep covered to preserve warmth.

6 – Microwave the chicken on high for 5 and one-half minutes.  When finished, sprinkle chopped egg and Bac’n pieces on top.

7 – Add Caesar dressing to the salad.  Stir well.  Then fold in 1 chopped avocado.

8 – Serve the salad as a first course.  Then serve the curried chicken atop the white rice, with the asparagus as a side.

–curried chicken adapted from To the Taste of a King; other recipes original.

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