Recipe: Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken Curry


Everyone loves a good take-out curry, but homemade chicken curry is something special. Even more so if you raid that spice cabinet and make everything from scratch.

Served up in the middle of the table with a mountain of rice, some pita bread and mango chutney and you have a feast that’ll beat anything on that take-out menu!

I make this one in my slow-cooker – but you could also cook it in a dutch oven or oven-proof pan.


THE RECIPE:

This simple made-from-scratch slow-cooked spicy chicken curry is delicious! Cooked in the Crock Pot to intensify the heat and flavour.

Ingredients:

The Curry:
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion peeled and chopped
  • 3 chicken breasts boneless and skinless diced
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 large piece of ginger about the size of your thumb, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 tsp hot chilli powder use less or mild chilli if you don’t like your curry too hot
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • ½ tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 240 ml chicken stock (water plus a stock cube - or bouillon for gluten free - is fine)
  • 400 g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree/paste
  • 2 tsp sugar this is to counteract the acidity in the tomatoes
  • 400 ml can full-fat coconut milk
To Serve:
  • Rice, chopped coriander (cilantro) and finely chopped chillies

Instructions:
  1. Preheat your slow cooker (crockpot) to high. Heat the oil in a large pan (or the Crock Pot if it has a sear function), add in the onion and cook on a medium heat for 5-6 minutes until softened.
  2. Add the chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes until just sealed.
  3. Add in the garlic, ginger, salt, pepper, chilli powder, ground coriander, cumin, curry powder, paprika and cinnamon.
  4. Stir to coat the chicken and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add in the stock, tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, sugar and coconut milk.
  6. Stir, bring to a gently bubble then pour into your slow cooker and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 5-6 hours on low.
  7. Take the lid off and give everything a stir (the oils will have risen to the top, so you can spoon most of it out, or just stir it back in). Sprinkle with coriander (cilantro) and serve with rice.

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