Thai-Style Chicken Curry with Basil and Jasmine Rice
Because it calls for a full cup of fresh basil, this is a great dish to make in early fall, when the plants in your garden are huge and you're looking for ways to use them. This dish starts on the stove top but finishes out of the way in the oven, leaving just enough time to make rice for sopping up the creamy sauce.
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Look for Thai curry paste in the Asian aisle of well-stocked supermarkets. (Thai Kitchen is a reliable brand.) Paired with a can of coconut milk, it's an amazingly handy shortcut for weeknight pantry dinners.