Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Chicken Curry with Apple

This recipe was slightly adapted from 365 Ways to Cook Chicken, by Cheryl Sedaker.

The photo doesn't do the recipe justice.  The monochromatic colors of the dish belie the deliciousness of the flavor blend.  Of course, the bowl - a vintage piece of Fireking Peach Lustreware in the swirled pattern - is also too close to the shade of the curried chicken.  I should have picked a brighter color for the plating.

Chicken Curry with Apple
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine (I used butter.)
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup peeled, chopped apple (I used Pink Lady or Gala.)
1 can (16 ounces) stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 cup chicken broth, or more if needed (I used about 1 3/4 cups.)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon curry powder, or more to taste (I used about 3 Tablespoons.)
4 cups cooked chicken breast, chopped or shredded
Salt & Pepper, to taste (I used freshly ground black peppercorns and a combination of Black Lava Hawaiian Kai Sea Salt & Red Alae Hawaiian Kai Sea Salt.  These salts are much "saltier", if you will, so you use less.)

Toasted Coconut
Mandarin Orange segments
Chopped Peanuts
Cooked Bacon
Mango Chutney
Sour Cream
Chopped Chives
Dietz & Watson's Jalapeno & Cayenne Pepper Cheese (This is my favorite.  It adds a nice "bite" to the dish.)
Greek Yogurt, plain (This is my husband's favorite and adds a different type of "bite" to the dish.  It is the garnish shown in the above photo.)

1.  Melt butter in a Dutch oven or a large frying pan over medium heat.  Add onions and cook until softened, about 3 minutes.  Add apple, tomatoes with juice, broth, lemon juice, and curry powder.  Simmer, uncovered, about 35 minutes.
2.  Add chicken and heat through, about 5 minutes.  Add more broth and curry powder, if necessary. 
3.  Serve with a scoop of white rice, either above or below, and your choice of garnish on top or on the side.

After making this recipe for the second time, it occurs to me that curry powder is an excellent organic food colorant (if it wasn't something you necessarily wanted to eat).  Below is a photo of my beautiful blue silicone spoon.  After using it to make this dish, the spoon part is on its way to becoming forest green.  : /

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