Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken
Indian food....ohhhhh Indian food. So bold and full of flavor...spiced up and savory....all warm and saucy...
I'm having a moment. Sorry.
It's difficult to form complete thoughts while these photos are glaring at me because all I want to do is EAT. IT. AGAIN.
Curry is up there on my list of favorite spices. It's extremely bold and aromatic, and makes this dish exceptionally flavorful.
Dan and I enjoy a good Indian inspired dish, and this is the perfect one if you're new to the cuisine. Tender chicken breast with fresh broccoli and carrots, simmering all day in that yummy sauce. Ladle that baby over some white or brown rice (or even quinoa) for a perfectly balanced, nutritious meal.
Slow cooker meals are nice, too. A little prep early in the day and then BAM, dinner! It basically makes itself. How neat.
And a small, OK, major life update...
We are moving! M O V I N G. We've wanted needed more space since having Sawyer, so we've spent a good part of 2014 searching for that dream home.
My oh my.
The process started out fun, thinking we'd have no trouble finding the perfect home in the perfect area that was the perfect price, but quickly into our hunt I became a frazzled mess. Not only were there little to no options in the original area we were looking, every time we found something we both agreed on, it was snatched up a day after being on the market and for more than list price. Aye yi yi. Definitely a sellers market in West Michigan!
After losing out on a couple of homes, we decided to rethink our priorities and ended up broadening our search...well basically the specific location in which we were searching. We both had several key "wishes" with our new home, too. My primary being a walk-in closet (because every girl needs one and I've never had the luxury!), and Dan's being a larger, nicer kitchen (because we spend so much time there!). We had other requirements, of course, but these were both important to us!
With over a dozen showings later, we finally found the home. It had everything we wanted, and was a place we could grow in for years to come. After an overly drawn out, drama filled negotiation, we received a call from our realtor. Dan put him on speaker phone. He spoke the words I was waiting weeks to hear: "They accepted your offer".
Tears, tears, and more tears (of happiness of course). I was elated. Beyond words, over the moon, elated.
The last few weeks have been spent packing up our current home, and if all goes as planned (fingers crossed), we will be closing and moving next week!! We can't wait to get in there and make that place ours.
So in lieu of our impending move, I will be taking a brief (1-2 week) hiatus from the blog. But don't worry my friends, I'll be cooking up a lot of great stuff in our brand new kitchen, so don't go anywhere!
Oh yeah, and here is the recipe for the dreamy drool-icious Coconut Curry Chicken. Add these ingredients to your shopping list because you'll want to make this a-sap.
Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken
6 hours 30 mins
- For the Chicken & Veggies
- 1 lb skinless boneless chicken breast, cubed
- 4 large carrots, peeled and diced
- 3 cups broccoli florets, chopped
- For the Sauce
- 1 medium white onion, peeled and quartered
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
- 1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
- 1 jalepeno, seeded and chopped
- 1 (6 oz) can of tomato paste
- 1 (14 oz) can coconut milk
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp ground peppercorns
- 1/2 tsp ground clove
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 1/2 tbsp *arrowroot (or cornstarch)
- Lightly grease the slow cooker with coconut oil (Pam works too)
- Place chicken, carrots, and broccoli at the bottom of the slow cooker
- In a food processor, blend all ingredients for the sauce EXCEPT for the water and arrowroot powder
- Add sauce to slow cooker and stir well
- Place lid on top, set to low, and let cook for 6 hours (mine was done closer to 5 hours)
- An hour before serving, mix water and arrowroot together in a small bowl and add to slow cooker to thicken sauce
- Set to warm until ready to serve
Serve with rice or quinoa and top with cilantro (optional)[br][br]*Arrowroot is a powder that acts as a thickening agent. Its the "cleaner" version of cornstarch. I bought the Bob's Red Mill brand in a bag, but you can purchase smaller portions in the spice aisle.
This recipe was adapted from Sweet Treats & More.