This year I want to bring more recipes inspired by the people I have met in my life and the places I have seen. This recipe for Curry Chicken is a story of those I have met in my life. An old friend came and taught the recipe to me, I made it my own, and I am happy I get to share it with you today.
A little while back my friend Alicia, who is from the island of Trinidad and Tobago, came to share this recipe with me. We blended our own curry powder, I learned how they clean a chicken, and we built this recipe right in front of your eyes. Check my instagram story highlights to see us cook together.
This island in the west indies holds a major influence in its food culture from around the world, but much of the street food as it was described to me has South Asian influences. That is where this Curry Chicken comes in. It is served alongside Buss-up-shut (meaning torn shirt) Roti and eaten with your hands as street food.
Making Curry Chicken at Home
This is a dish that literally had a million different versions, because every cook has their own. I am sharing my adaptation with you today, and we will talk about the essentials that make it curry.
The dish starts with a whole chicken, piecing it out, and soak it in water with the juice of a lime. Then seasoned in a sofrito style rub, and stewed down in curry spices.
You can fill your curry with any of your favorite vegetables and meats, or all veggies and no meats. Make it spicy or sweet, brothy or creamy, the possibilities are endless. Start with a jalapeno to make it hot, or finish it with coconut milk to make it like tikka masala and be sure to serve it with Roti!
- 1 Whole Chicken cut into individual pieces
- 3 Limes 1 for the chicken, 2 juiced for finishing
- 4-6 Garlic Cloves minced
- 4 T Cilantro plus more for garnish
- 2 T Chives chopped
- 1 t Oregano dry
- 1 t Olive Oil + more for the pot
- 1 med Onion chopped
- 1/4 C Homemade Curry Powder
- 1/4 C Water
- 3 C baby Potatoes diced or halved
- 2 C Peas frozen
- Salt and Pepper
- Place your chicken pieces into a bowl and cover with water. Squeeze one into the water and drop the halves in. Let the chicken rest in the lime water for 30 minutes, then drain the liquid.
- While your chicken is resting in the lime water, blend the garlic, cilantro, chives, oregano, and 1 t Olive Oil in a blender or chop finely and combine in a bowl.
- When your chicken is done resting in the lime water, toss it with the garlic and herb mixture to coat.
- In a heavy-bottomed dutch oven or stockpot, heat 1-2 t of olive oil and sweat the onion for 2-3 minutes. Mix the curry powder and water to form a slurry and carefully add the liquid to the pot, using caution as it will pop a little bit. Toast the curry paste for about 2 minutes and add the chicken to the pot. Toss the chicken to coat in the curry and reduce the heat to medium-low. Let the chicken stew, covered, for 10-15 minutes.
- Add the potatoes to the pot and stir. Cover with a lid and stew until the potatoes become tender, about 10 more minutes, but are not falling apart.
- Season the pot with salt and pepper, taste and adjust as needed. Add the peas, the juice of 2 limes, and a generous handful of chopped cilantro.
- Stir to combine and continue cooking until the peas are heated through.
- Serve with Roti flatbread and eat with your hands.
If you like a creamy curry, finish the pot with a can or two of coconut milk.
You could leave out the potatoes and serve this over rice as well.
You can also follow all of these directions using only vegetables to keep it vegetarian or vegan. Add some chickpeas or other beans along with carrots, and your favorite root vegetables to bulk it up.
Homemade Curry Powder
- 1/4 C Turmeric ground
- 1/4 C Corriander ground
- 2 T Cumin ground
- 2 t Cardamom ground
- 2 t Fenugreek ground
- 2 t Paprika ground
- 1 t Garam Masala ground
- 1/4 t Cinnamon ground
- Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, mix to combine.
- Place the spice mixture in an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place.
- It will hold up to 1 year.
If you make this recipe, please let me know by leaving a review at the bottom of this page!
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