Creamy Chicken Curry

January 14, 2013

Creamy chicken curry will transport you to the fragrant cuisine of the Middle East.  Cubes of chicken are simmered in a coconut sauce that has been flavored with a myriad of spices included cumin, ginger, and coriander.  Jasmine rice is a must-have side dish.  Creamy chicken curry can be made from start to finish in less than 30 minutes so it's perfect for a weeknight dinner.

Creamy Chicken Curry


4 wholes (2 split) skinless, boneless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch/2.5cm pieces
1 large onion cut into pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 1/4 cups coconut milk
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons corn starch
Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottom pan over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, turning frequently, until lightly browned and cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the onion and sauté for a few minutes. Add the garlic, cumin, turmeric, ground coriander, garam masala, ginger and cook for one minute.
Mix the corn starch with the coconut milk until smooth. Return the chicken to the pan and stir in the coconut milk, brown sugar and tomatoes. Cook over medium heat and stir for 1 to 2 minutes. Partially cover and cook for 15 more minutes until the sauce has reduced and thickened. Stir in the lemon juice and season with salt.
Serve the creamy chicken curry on a bed of yellow rice (I use brown rice cooked in water with salt and 1 teaspoon of turmeric) sprinkled with fresh cilantro.

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