Sunday, February 22, 2009

American chicken curry

Things are happening. Alex and I are looking at a new house to move into next month on Wednesday. It will be our last house in Philly. I sent out my save the dates for the wedding, finally. The wedding is in less than four months. It is so awesome hearing from people about how excited they are. No one is more excited than Alex and I are, but still it's very cool that everyone is so excited. Alex and I spent most of the weekend with my cousins, which was really nice. 

Friday night I made chicken curry for dinner, and it was good. I know that it's not technically real Indian curry, but it's good and easy. I don't know about you, but good and easy are qualifications for most of my meals. And life. 

Americanized Chicken Curry

1 chicken, cut up into 8 pieces
2 T butter
1 T olive oil
salt and pepper
1 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 T ginger, minced
3 T curry powder1 t salt
1 t cumin
1 t garam masala
2 potatoes, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
1 1/2 c mushrooms, sliced or quartered
1/2 t cayenne (or more)
1 can diced tomatoes
3/4 c broth or water
1/2 c chopped cilantro
1/2 c yogurt

Heat the butter and olive oil over medium high heat until butter is melted. Salt and pepper the chicken lightly (you can remove the skin if you'd like) and cook on each side until browned, you might have to cook it in batches. Remove the chicken to a plate, reduce the heat a bit, and add the onions, garlic, and ginger. Cook a minute or two until starting to soften, then add the curry powder, salt, cumin, garam masala, and cayenne. Cook, stirring, another minute or two, then add the potatoes, mushrooms, tomatoes, broth or water, and cilantro. Stir, scraping everything up off the bottom of the pan, and then add the chicken back. Nestle the chicken in the sauce, turn the heat down to medium-low, and cover. Cook 45 minutes to an hour, until chicken is starting to come apart. Turn off the heat, stir in the yogurt (which can be substituted with cream or coconut milk), and serve immediately, over rice. 


  1. Your wedding is less than 4 months away? Fun! I've slacked a bit on my wedding planning, which was BAD, because I only had about 5 months to begin with. Today I realized that it is 40 days away, and now I am FREAKING. LOL! Hope you handle stress better than I do. :)

  2. Ugh, how are you dealing with that? I hope you have a planner, or a location that has helpful people... I'm on my own. Completely. I'll be a mess in a month or two. Email me if you want to vent!