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Chicken Curry with rice on the side

As part of my Indian food experience I could not wait to make Chicken Curry! However, I found out very quickly there are many versions. For my first attempt, I used a recipe from a book I got for Christmas “From Mom With Love… Complete Guide to Indian Cooking & Entertaining” by Pushpa Bhargava. You can find her book here. Meeta, a testing professional, also kindly shared her recipe and it appeared to be very similar except she marinades her chicken. We prefer to marinade our meat to add more flavors and tenderness – therefore I used her approach. Plus for her gravy she uses fresh tomatoes instead of canned – I always like to use fresh whenever possible. Next time I will make that change to the Precooked Masala.

I am not sure if I got the marinade quite right – it might need some modifications. The chicken was tender and you could cut it with a fork. The Chicken Curry had a lot of great flavors. Plus it made enough for at least 3 or 4 meals, which is always nice to have left overs for a quick meal after work. I served it with rice and Naan Oven-Baked flatbread. Overall, it was a fabulous meal! I do have a question … why did it take me so long to find out about Indian food! I have a lot of catching up to do over the next few months. I am already planning recipes for grilling this summer.

1 tsp Salt
½ tsp Turmeric Powder
½ tsp Red Chili Powder
1 tsp Garam Masala
1 cup Yogurt, Plain and Low-Fat

2 pounds skinless, boneless Chicken, cut in cubes

1 cup Precooked Masala – Click here for the recipe
1 cup Water
½ cup Half and Half

2 tbsp Coriander or Cilantro, chopped

Mix the marinade ingredients, place cubed chicken into a zip lock bag, and add the marinade. Place in refrigerator for 3 to 12 hours turning periodically. Heat a saucepan on medium-high heat. Remove chicken from the refrigerator and throw away any remaining marinade – if there is any. Add chicken to the saucepan, Precooked Masala, and water. Bring to a boil. Cover and turn heat to medium low. Cook for about 30 – 35 minutes stirring occasionally. Add half and half and heat through. Serve with rice, Naan Oven Roasted flatbread, and garnish with chopped coriander. You can serve the Chicken Curry over the rice or serve the rice in a small bowl garnished with coriander. There is plenty of extra gravy to pour over the chicken and rice.

Chicken Curry over rice

6 thoughts on “Chicken Curry with Precooked Masala

  1. Irene says:

    Love the photo and recipe! Never too busy to cook some masala. Look so delicious that it’s making me hungry again.

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you! It is my first attempt at Chicken Curry chicken. I want to research other recipes as I hear there is red curry, green curry. At this point I am not sure of the differences. Maybe something with the peppers or spices. But that is the fun of cooking – you get to learn new things. 🙂

  2. Your finished dish looks so delicious! I must confess that I’ve never made/attempted Indian food (we always head out to an Indian restaurant). I’ll have to give it a try!!

    1. Bernice says:

      It really is not too hard. I like this recipe because you can make the Precooked Masala ahead of time and you can make enough for left overs. You do need a lot of spices – but you tend to use them in a lot of recipes. It ends up being a good investment. I am not sure where you live. I order my spices from My Spice Sage as they have free shipping on orders over $10 in the US plus you get a free sample. I hope you try it – let me know if you do. 🙂

  3. dawnspitfire says:

    Good stuff! Your blog is going to keep me busy! lol
    It’s not familiar for me. Not what I grew up with. However, that’s all the more reason I want to learn it. Not only bcuz me & my son like very diverse foods but also so that my granddaughter grows up with much more flavor thn I did! With a wide wide variety. To taste the world.
    Thank you 😀

    1. Bernice says:

      Your welcome! I did not grow up with this food either. In fact I just got introduced to Indian food back in September and just fell in love with it! So it is a new journey for me. I like to try different type of recipes and flavors – mix it up a bit. After awhile you get tired of the same casseroles and chicken dishes. I have to say it has made the winter go by quicker with all these recipes to try out! I hope you find a few that you like. If you have any questions on anything just let me know. I would be happy to help. 🙂

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