Yes, it’s true. You can save your marriage using just this chicken curry recipe. But you better follow the recipe exactly….no pressure right?
Ok, ok. I might be exaggerating a tad. But there is no faster way to your loved one’s heart that an expertly prepared flavourful dish. I see it every time I make a meal for my partner. His eyes light up, like I’ve presented him with a piece of gold, or season’s tickets to his fav hockey team. Making him food is my get out of jail card and I use it a lot! Wow! I didn’t intend on a confession here, but none the less there it is!
This curry is unique with the addition of bananas, apples and raisins which adds a nice sweetness and is reminiscent of the Caribbean. I cook the chicken separately and use the bones to make stock for another use.
Coconut Chicken Curry:
1 whole chicken, roasted and diced in 1 inch pieces
2 tablespoons Olive oil or Coconut Oil
1 tablespoon Cinnamon
1 tablespoon Turmeric
1 tablespoon Curry powder
1 stalk lemongrass (bruise with the back of a knife in 3 spots and put in whole for flavour!)
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled,finely chopped
2 onions, medium dice
1 cup butternut squash, 1 inch dice
4 stalks celery, cut on bias 1 inch
2 carrots, peeled, cut on bias 1 inch
1 banana, peeled and diced 1 inch
1 Granny smith apple, diced 1 inch (peel can stay on)
1/2 cup Thompson raisins (any type will do, these are my favourite!)
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 cans Coconut milk
To taste salt and pepper
Roast the chicken in a 350F oven for approximately 50 minutes or until the juices run clear. Set aside to let cool. Remove meat from bone and cut into about 1 inch cubes. (You can use any type of chicken for this – thighs, leg or breast meat – I like to use whole chickens for more flavour and to utilize the bones after). Set aside.
In a large pot heat oil and put in spices, stir for a minute until you can smell the spices from the pot. Add your onions, ginger, lemon grass and celery. Stir for another 2 minutes. Now add the rest of your ingredients except the chicken and cilantro. Add coconut milk. Simmer gently until vegetables are tender – about 15 to 20 minutes.
Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed. Now add the chicken and heat through.
Most important point here: Always do a final taste!!!
Just before serving, remove the lemongrass stalk and throw away. Add chopped cilantro and serve.
Let me know how you make out in the comments! I’d love to hear from you and what your favorite “get out of jail free” recipe is!