Monday, December 12, 2011
my version of curry chicken
This is such a warming dish, that we have it often in the winter months. I make it with chicken, but you could easily make this all-vegetarian by substituting eggplant, potatoes, or anything else you enjoy. I pretty much just dreamed up this recipe, so I'm fairly certain it's not authentic in a cultural sense, but we love it so much that it's stuck with us for years now. The spices in this curry are pleasantly fragrant, and I feel like cooking it even warms the house to its core, right down to the bones of the old wood floor.
~makes enough for about 4 servings
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced thinly into bite-sized pieces
1 small onion, chopped
3 carrots, sliced into rounds (medium thickness)
2 cloves garlic, finely diced
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
3 Tablespoons mild yellow curry powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground paprika
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (plus more to taste)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Cup sour cream
1 can (14 ounces) unsweetened coconut milk
1 lemon, 1/2 juiced and 1/2 sliced for serving
Peanut oil, enough to coat the bottom of the pan
1. In a bowl, coat the sliced chicken breast with salt, pepper, and 2 Tablespoons of the curry powder. Let this sit for about 30 minutes, or as you prepare the other ingredients.
2. On high heat, coat a skillet with peanut oil. Add the onions and carrots, and cook until they just start to brown.
3. Turn heat down to medium. Add the garlic, ginger, bay leaf, sugar, and all the spices (including the remaining 1 tablespoon of curry powder). Brown the spices for a minute.
4. Add the chicken breast to sear for a couple minutes, turning the heat to medium-high if necessary.
5. Add the coconut milk and sour cream.
6. Simmer the complete dish for 20-30 minutes. Taste. If you'd like a spicier curry, add a bit more cayenne pepper. Sometimes a bit more sugar is in order if you like a sweeter curry.
7. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice. Serve with extra lemon slices on the side.
8. Eat with rice. Sometimes we also eat this with homemade flour tortillas cooked a minute or two in melted butter.