Chicken Curry With Cashews

Every time I make this, I wonder why we don’t eat it more often.  It’s a cheater’s curry, made with curry powder instead of a customized blend of spices, but it’s incredibly tasty and takes barely any active cooking time at all.  I bet it would work great in the slow cooker – note to self: try that sometime!

The original recipe is from Gourmet and can be found here on Epicurious.  The recipe as I made it tonight is after the jump.

  • 2 tbsp butter and 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves & 1 inch fresh ginger, minced in mini-prep
  • 3 tbsp curry powder (ish – I never measure spices)
  • 2 tbsp cumin (I like cumin)
  • healthy dash of salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3/4 cup strained yogurt
  • 3/4 cup cashews, pulverized into flour (use a coffee/spice grinder*)

In a large chef’s pan or dutch oven, heat the oil & butter until butter is foamy.  Add onions, sweat to soften.  Add ginger & garlic, saute 1 minute.  Add all spices, cook 2-3 minutes to release oils.  Add chicken and cook, stirring, another 5 minutes.  Add tomatoes and cilantro, stir to combine.  Reduce to a simmer, cover, and let simmer 40 minutes**.  Serve over basmati rice.

And oops…I didn’t make a vegetable tonight.  Nutrition fail.  Hope that brocolette in the fridge is still good tomorrow.

*You all know not to use it for coffee anymore after it becomes your spice grinder, right?  I mean, unless you like cumin and black pepper in your coffee.  Maybe you do.  I don’t judge!

**40 minutes is what the recipe says.  I cooked mine…I don’t know, an hour fifteen?  Ish?  Having 2 young kids underfoot means I basically only cook food that can be left on the stove an extra half hour at least without spoiling the recipe.

Dylan eating chicken curry with cashews

"I'm eating a good amount!"

Dylan Report:

He went to a screening this morning with DH where he had popcorn and then to a diner for lunch after that AND had at least one granola bar on the subway ride home, so he wasn’t what you’d call hungry at dinnertime.  Which is a shame, because this was really pretty damn good.

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