Curried Chicken

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 bunch scallions, whites chopped and greens thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon chopped ginger root
1/3 cup grated, unsweetened fresh or dried coconut
2 carrots, peeled, if desired, and sliced
1 celery stalk, sliced
2 – 3 tablespoons curry powder
6 cups chicken stock
¾ – 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast
1 cup heavy cream
1 large orange, peeled and chopped
4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Place a large pot over a medium high heat and when it is hot, add the butter. Add the scallion whites, coconut, carrot, celery and cook until the coconut is golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the curry and cook for one minute.

Add the chicken stock and chicken and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes. It is not necessary for the vegetables to be completely cooked. Remove the chicken and when it is cool enough to handle, chop it.

Place the remaining broth in a blender, one cup at a time, and blend until smooth, gradually adding the cream. Cover and refrigerate until it is very, very cold, about 4 hours. Serve garnished with the scallion greens, chicken, orange and cilantro.

Makes about 8- 10 cups