It’s nearly the weekend and you plan on spending Friday and Saturday night looking through the vacation pictures of you and your girlfriend/boyfriend while crying into a bowl of ice cream all the while wondering what went wrong in your relationship. You think the reason you may have been dumped by your significant other is because he was afraid of commitment, you “borrowed” her ATM card one too many times, or he couldn’t appreciate why you quit your job to form a band with your cousin, but I’m here to tell you that you are unequivocally wrong. The real reason that you got dumped wasn’t your desire to visit all the Dairy Queens in the US, it’s because you can’t cook.
If you are the kind of person who likes to watch copious amounts of cooking shows and enjoy reading food blogs, but never actually learned how to cook anything, it‘s not too late to redeem yourself. Pause the latest episode of Top Chef All-Stars and get into the kitchen immediately because you are about to learn about the five things you should know how to cook to keep a man/woman or get a better quality significant other if that‘s what you‘re secretly hoping for.
The first thing you should learn how to make is a simple chicken dish. As long as your once and future love is not a pescitarian, flexitarian, vegetarian, vegan or something else that I’ve yet to hear of, he/she will like chicken so learn how to make at least one dish that includes chicken. I’ve included a recipe for tomato-coconut curry chicken that’s easy to make and delicious as well. Serve it with rice, lentils, couscous, or naan. Later on I will share with you how to make a simple tomato sauce, cook rice, bake a cake, and fry an egg. If you learn how to cook the things I suggest and you still can’t keep or find a man/woman, you might want to consider a mail order bride/groom.
*Editor’s note - I hope you know I’m being facetious with this blog entry, but if you didn‘t know that then this definitely explains why you’re single.
- 2 pounds chicken thighs (I personally like chicken thighs because they are cheaper than breasts and have more flavor, but feel free to use chicken breasts if that‘s what you prefer)
- 3 TBSP vegetable oil
- 1 medium-sized onion chopped
- 1 TBSP curry powder
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 TBSP chopped ginger
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 28 oz can of whole tomatoes (I like San Marzano tomatoes from Italy)
- 1 14 oz can of coconut milk
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Season the chicken with salt and black pepper.
- In a large pot add the oil and heat oil over medium-heat until it shimmers.
- Carefully put the chicken in the pot and sear on both sides for 5-6 minutes. Do not overcrowd the chicken otherwise your chicken will steam.
- Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside on a plate.
- In the same pot add the chopped onion and cook until translucent over medium-heat.
- Stir in the curry powder and cook with the onions for 2-3 minutes.
- Stir in the ginger, red pepper flakes, and garlic and cook until garlic and ginger are a very light golden brown, about another 2-3 minutes.
- Meanwhile heat the oven to 350F.
- Stir in the canned tomatoes and coconut milk then add the chicken. Season to taste with salt.
- Bring the tomato=coconut curry to a simmer, cover the pot with its lid and then put it in the oven. Cook the tomato-coconut curry in the oven for an hour.
- If you decide to cook the tomato curry on a stove top cover the pot and cook over a very low heat for about 30 minutes.