Curry in a Hurry
I was waiting at the clinic the other to day to see a doctor about my on and off sinus infections (been 6 months now)…and by waiting I mean 1hr 45mins of waiting – brutal. I was skimming through the magazines, most of which pre-dated 2004, but I did come across this little gem of a recipe for Butter Chicken that I was keen enough to try that night. Most of the ingredients I had at home already, the rest were easy to find.
And because I know you are sitting on the edge of your seat wondering…yes, Simone ate it! Noah and Melissa came over for dinner that night and both of them ate it as well, so I am now calling this one a success. I even fed Simone the leftovers the next day for lunch (mind you, she’s so hungry at lunch that she’ll probably eat dirt) and I think it was better than the day before.
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp ground cumin
2-3 tbsp yellow or red curry paste (I used red)
1/2 tsp ground cardamon (bit trickier to find – managed to get it in the “ethic” aisle at Save On Foods – they are in seeds so had to bust them open with a chopper to get insides out.
1 tbsp fresh ginger
1 cup tomato sauce (I used a full 19oz can instead of measuring out a cup – yes, am lazy)
3/4 cup coconut milk (same as above, used a full 19oz can, but you could replace with cream instead)
8 skinless bone-in chicken drum sticks and thighs – I used 2 breasts and chopped them into small pieces. I find the drum sticks and thighs have too many “googly” bits in them that make me gag.
Melt butter in microwave and pour into slow cooker.
Stir in all other ingredients above except for chicken.
Season chicken in a separate bowl with salt & pepper.
Add chicken to slow cookier and stir to coat.
Cook on high for 2.5 hours or low for 5 hours
Service with jasmine or basmati rice (I cook 1 cup basmati in the rice cooker or on stove).
The nice thing about doing this in a slow cooker is that the meat separates and instead of big chunks, becomes part of the sauce. I was therefore able to have Simone eat the chicken because it was “one with the rice”! LOL.