Curry dishes are a big comfort food in my house. There is something soothing about a bowl full of healthful and aromatic spices that fill the house for hours in a tantalizing tease. Then … sinking onto the couch with a steaming bowl and taking the first mouthful is heaven.
This is the recipe for Quickie Chicken Curry with Quinoa and Avocado was originally posted on The Hungry Goddess (my food site) and I thought I would share it here. Comfort food season is coming … round up those spices!
- 1 pack of 6-8 skinless (bone-in) chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 4-6 tablespoons of curry powder (do this to taste – you can add more)
- 1 large can tomato sauce
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth (have more on reserve if needed)
- 2 tablespoon butter (adding some to sauce gives it a butter chicken flavor)
- 1 cup of Yogurt or coconut milk (I like the powdered coconut milk at Indian markets)
- 1 cup of cooked Quinoa (directions on package or click link for the BEST quinoa cooking)
- 1-2 chopped avocado for garnish
Heat oil in pan over medium to high heat. Season chicken thighs with curry, salt and pepper and place in pan. Brown on both sides. Lower heat to medium and add the onions and garlic. After a few minutes, add broth, tomatoes, curry and butter. Bring to a low boil. Turn the heat to low and cook (stirring occasionally) for at least an hour or until the chicken is cooked through. Prepare quinoa and set aside until curry is ready. I usually leave it on the stove for 2-3 hours. Add yogurt or coconut milk at end (allow to warm) and then serve. Garnish with chopped avocado for a creamy consistency.
Cook with your palate – taste the spice level and use additional liquid, yogurt or coconut milk at the end to control the heat. I throw in a little butter because I like the flavor and layer it brings to curry dishes. Add more curry or turmeric or whatever spices will make the dish pop for you. You can add additional liquid to thin the stew and reach the consistency that you prefer. I find by the end that the chicken is falling off the bones so I remove the bones right before serving.