This is a really simple recipe that tastes great! My wife loves it and my 3 year call is eating “dirt” because of the way it looks. Lol. There are some different ways to spice it up so feel free to experiment. This dish takes about an hour from start to finish. This is not necessarily “authentic” or “traditional” but it is good!
Here is what you will need to make this dish.
1.5 lbs chicken breast
3 tbl olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1 bay leaf
2 tbl fresh ginger
1 small yellow onion
3 tbl Curry powder
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp salt
1 tbl sugar
7 oz. yogurt
3 oz tomato paste
14 oz. coconut milk
½ tsp. cayenne or ground jalapeño (optional)
The first thing you are going to do is heat up the olive oil to sauté the onion. Chop the onion up and add the minced garlic. While you are sauté the onion and garlic I quickly go ahead and slice up the chicken so that is out of the way. Just slice it into 1 inch bit sized pieces.
When you are finished with the onion go ahead and add the curry powder, paprika, cinnamon, ginger, bay leaf, salt and sugar. Stir the mixture together and it should “clump” to the onion and look like this. Let it cook for a few minutes on medium high heat.
Now go ahead and add the tomato paste, coconut milk, yogurt and chicken and stir together. Mix well and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Now is a good time to start your rice depending on what kind you have.
After thirty minutes you can add some lemon juice and add the cayenne or ground jalapeno. I feel this is optional. I don’t want to make this too hot for my kids. As I mentioned you can experiment a bunch of different ways. You can use a more spicy curry powder and there are many exotic or Indian ground peppers to make this dish really hot. I love the heat but just keep in mind who is eating it before you make it too hot!
As far as ingredients go I am a big fan of better ingredients, better food. I buy the fresh stuff at Central Market or Whole Foods and just take what I need. They have spice bins there so you can just take what you need for the recipe. I think Trader Joe’s does this as well. This is also a really good idea for things that you don’t normally use as well. Pendery’s in Fort Worth www.penderys.com is a great place to order whole or ground peppers from. Great spices really make a recipe like this one shine. I pretty much use Texmati Rice www.riceselect.com . I like it and the Texmati Jasmati rice is just greatness. This recipe takes about an hour from start to finish.