Friday’s Hot Tip: Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

Confession: I tend to make the same dishes over and over again, especially in my slow cooker. It’s usually chili, a bean dish, or I’m cooking dried beans so I can freeze them for later use.

While I have a slow cooker cookbook full of some very tasty recipes, I’d seen several recipes online for Indian dishes. Where I grew up I became friends with a lot of Indian kids, so I’d go to parties and other gatherings where the tables were covered in all different kinds of curry, dahl and other dishes full of potatoes, cream, meat, vegetables. Years ago, Momcat and I appealed to one Indian friend’s mom for a small quantity of her family’s special curry powder blend, because store-bought curry powder just doesn’t cut it.

A few weeks ago we were due for a big storm in NorCal, and I decided the cold, wet weather made it the perfect time to try one of the Indian slow cooker entrees. I looked at a couple recipes for chicken tikka masala to get ideas for ingredients, and came up with a chicken curry that turned out rich and flavorful, just like the curries at my friends’ houses back in the day.

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

  • 1 ½ lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite sized chunks
  • 6 ounces plain Greek yogurt (optional marinade)
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • ⅔ C yellow onion, diced
  • ⅔ C red onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • 2 T curry powder, divided
  • 1 t brown sugar
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 2 t kosher salt
  • Fresh cilantro (optional)
  • 6 ounces plain Greek yogurt

Optional: The night before you make the curry, coat the chicken pieces in 6 ounces of plain Greek yogurt – I used a large Ziploc bag – and refrigerate overnight. This yogurt marinade makes the chicken extra moist and flavorful.

Put chicken and tomatoes in slow cooker. Saute onion, garlic, ginger, tomato paste and 1 tablespoon curry powder in a small amount of vegetable oil until soft, then add to slow cooker and mix well with chicken and tomatoes. Add remaining 1 tablespoon curry powder, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt, stirring to combine. Cover and set cooker to High for 4 hours, or Low for 7-8 hours.

Before serving, add yogurt to curry. If you’re not serving the entire batch in one sitting, you may want to add the yogurt to individual servings. (I put a large spoonful of curry in a metal bowl, then mixed in about ¼ cup of yogurt.)

Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro and serve over basmati or jasmine rice.

Variations

  • Use only yellow onion.
  • Use ¾ C heavy cream instead of yogurt prior to serving. You can do this about 15 minutes before it’s done cooking.
  • To make this more tikka masala style, use garam masala instead of curry powder.
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Slow cooker chicken curry over jasmine rice.

 

Happy Birthday Moxie!

Yep, that’s right, kids, it’s my birthday. And since I did this for Momcat and Pops, I might as well keep up the tradition and do a list of some of my favorite things. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’re probably already familiar with some of these things. For the Moxie neophytes, take notes. There will be a test later.

I have been studying astrology and Tarot for 8 years. I find both disciplines to be incredibly fascinating and a great tool for self-awareness. I love analyzing astrology charts for other people, as well as reading Tarot cards for them. Anyone who’s into Tarot will tell you that there are tons of Tarot card and oracle decks on the market, and that it’s very tempting to just keep accruing decks. I have four oracle decks and four Tarot decks – and yes, I want more. Sue me.

I grew up in a very diverse town and went to school with a number of Indian kids. As such, I attended parties at the homes of my Indian classmates and had my fair share of curries, raita, mango chutney, and other classic Indian dishes. Nowadays I consider an Indian brunch buffet to be a smorgasbord of comfort food. Bring on the vegetarian samosas and the chicken tikka masala!

I admit it, I love this movie. Yes, yes, it’s got a stupid plot and lame dialogue, but dear god, it’s Olivia Newton-John! She’s a muse and she’s inspiring the guy with the ugly hair to go be creative! You have to believe we are magic! You just have to!

I have this weird addiction to office supplies. Paper, pens, notebooks, clips, day planners, binders, Post-It notes, folders…it all makes me drool with delight. Walking through Staples or Office Depot is therapeutic to me. Aunt Gigi has a similar office supply addiction, and as a result she has given me some of the funkiest, coolest file folders, notepads, and pens. My favorite thing so far is the file folder that says “It’s Good to Be the Queen.” Hell yeah!

Featured on TLC’s “Miami Ink,” Chris Nunez is part owner of a tattoo shop and a bar in Miami. When I see him on TV, I get slack-jawed and giggly and stupid. Just writing about him makes me feel a little loopy. I love the dark, mysterious-looking guys, which as we now know can be my Achilles heel.

Karaoke is another form of therapy for me. I love attention, so it’s only fitting that I love to get up in front of people and do something, anything, to make them look at me. Fortunately I have a decent enough voice that I can belt out “Lady Marmalade” and not have people pay me to shut up. While I have yet to buy my own karaoke CDs, I do have a spreadsheet on my Palm TX with all the songs I like to sing, broken down by venue and/or karaoke DJ. God bless technology.