Ah, curry. Just the mere mention of that word is enough to get my olfactory senses tingling with eager anticipation!
A close Maharashtrian friend of mine recently introduced me to a curry chicken dish. I decided to take it upon myself to adjust it to my Western palate with my own crockpot curry chicken recipe; the addition of coconut milk definitely helps to even out the spicier elements of the recipe.
In keeping with our crockpot theme, this spectacular recipe combines Indian spices with the ever-popular coconut flavors to produce a warm and satisfying curry that is sure to fill your belly and heart with untold Eastern pleasures.
You’ll notice that I’ve included a little chilli in this dish, and while you can feel free to omit this if you’re not a fan of hot and spicy foods, I think it really serves to get the taste buds standing to attention. This mild spiciness, combined with the sweetness of the tomato and the rich texture of the coconut milk, is nothing short of amazing.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Yield: 4 people
- 2 lbs skinless chicken breast
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp organic, cold-pressed coconut oil
- 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 1 thumb fresh ginger, minced
- 2-6 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 medium fresh green chilli, minced
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 medium red bell peppers, diced
- 3-4 tbsp Garam Masala
- 1/2 - 1 tsp cumin seeds
*As mentioned in previous recipes, I’m not a huge fan of garlic so I tend to err on the side of caution. The Indian spices in this dish do work very well with the fresh garlic, however, so feel free to be bolder than I.
How To Make It:
- Take your crockpot and give it a big sloppy kiss because, believe me, it’s about to provide you with a life-changing gastronomic experience!
- Optional: Heat the coconut oil in your crockpot and add the Garam Masala and cumin seeds, gently heating them until they begin crackle. The idea here is to infuse the oil and gently roast the spices, so have the rest of your ingredients ready to throw in right away.
- Add the tomato puree, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, chilli, salt, and pepper, and mix thoroughly.
- Give your spicy, coconutty mixture a hearty sniff and then throw in the onions, peppers, chicken, and broth.
- Make sure everything is thoroughly mixed together and then cover, ready to cook.
- Now for the most difficult part, time to play the waiting game! Depending on your level of patience you can cook on a high heat for around 4 hours, or if you’re feeling particularly disciplined (yeah, right!) you can place your curry on a low heat and cook for 7 or 8 hours.
- Remove the lid and savor that wondrous, magical smell of the spice-infused coconut goodness! Serve up and you’re good to tuck right in!
I would also recommend making sure you can hold back from eating the whole lot in one sitting because this dish tastes even better the next day, once the ingredients have had the chance to mature a little in the refrigerator.
By Indian standards, this is a fairly basic combination of flavors, but it certainly got a nod of approval from my friend and is sure to put a smile on your face! This recipe, if nothing more, should act as a sound introduction to the richness of Indian cuisine, with a quasi-Thai-Western spin.
Given the vast diversity of curries that are littered throughout India, Pakistan, and the rest of Asia, you’ve got a lot of freedom to experiment with different spice blends and extra ingredients such as spinach and even butter (of the grass-fed variety, naturally).
Once you’ve tasted this Crockpot Curry Chicken recipe, your eyes (and salivary glands) will be wide open, so indulge your experimental side and take your taste buds on a new adventure!
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Have you cooked up a crockpot curry before? What are your favorites?