Today’s recipe is a rustic and authentic, Indian chicken curry. This is a fabulous dish, perfect for dinner with the family, or to serve guests. Using a good-quality curry powder or paste takes all the work out of making this. For the best flavour, make it the day before and reheat. This curry uses whole pieces of chicken instead of chopped up pieces of chicken, which is a little bit different to your ordinary curry.
Preparation & Cooking time: 1 hour 5 mins
Serves 6 people
- 6 pieces of chicken (thighs and legs) – with the skin on for flavour
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 large onions, finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp curry powder or paste
- 500ml chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon tomato purée
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons Greek-style (plain) yogurt
- Salt, black pepper paprika
- chopped fresh coriander to garnish (optional)
Cook your rice according to the instructions on the packet. Wash and rinse the rice, until the water is clear. Place in a saucepan/pot with double the amount of water; a little salt and a drop of oil. Allow to boil, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a lid. Cook for 10-15 mins without uncovering the pan.
Season chicken with salt, pepper and paprika
Heat the oil in a deep frying pan or wok. Add the chicken and brown it on all sides for 6–8 minutes over a medium heat. Add and cook the onions in the pan for 5 minutes until golden brown, add the garlic and curry powder or paste; stirring continuously.
Add the stock, tomato purée and sugar. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until cooked through, turning the chicken pieces halfway through.
Remove the chicken to a serving dish. Heat the sauce on high heat for 2–3 minutes until thickened. Take the pan off the heat and stir in yoghurt. Add extra seasoning (salt, pepper, paprika) if necessary; pour the sauce over the chicken. Scatter chopped coriander over the top.
Plate up your fluffy rice; and spread the thick and creamy chicken curry over the top. Enjoy
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