Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Chicken Curry

I have a confession...I've been stealing --- recipes. People post the most neatest, coolest, recipes on their blogs and I must must try them. I tried this very yummy Vodka Pasta Sauce -- where she snuck in a ton of veggies, in a way no child could ever detect....go ahead, try it. And I had NO idea people ate Shrimp with Grits, but check out the link, she gives the recipe (which I plan on trying this week) and has a great picture of it too....She also posted a salsa recipe on a more recent post that looks intriguing. So, as an apology to those of you from whom I've been stealing, I thought I'd reciprocate with my very favorite Chicken Curry recipe (okay, it's not my very own, a friend gave it to me, I just tweaked it a bit -- I'm Horrible, I know!)...I sneak veggies in this one too....and it's only 10 Weight Watcher points if you serve it with brown rice. A side-note here: I picked Chicken Curry in honor of my friend, Dodi. I am, unfortunately, unable to translate this into her native Indic language, but I figured she may enjoy the more Americanized version of a dish from her native land.

If you try it, please let me know if you enjoyed it! (if you didn't enjoy it...I'm not so sure I want to know...as I've mentioned before, I like my place in the land of Denial)

Chicken Curry
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, grilled or broiled and cut into bite size pieces.
2 Sweet Onions, peeled and cut into large chunks
2 green peppers, de-seeded, and cut into large chunks
2 tomatoes, blanched, peeled and de-seeded, cut into bite size pieces.
Some cooking oil
1/4 C of pureed chick peas (garbanzo beans)
1/4 C of pureed cauliflower
1-2 Tbs (depending on how spicy you like it) of Patak's Curry Paste (you can usually find this at your local market in the Asian section)
1/4 cup of water
1-1/2 to 2 C of Fat Free 1/2 and 1/2
2 tbs of dissolvable fiber -- I use Fibersure (face it, we all need more fiber in our diet) -- don't worry you can't taste it.

Basmati Rice
or Brown Rice (my choice), steamed or boiled -- your preference, enough for 4-6 people

Patak's Mango Chutney

heat large frying pan, or wok on med. heat. Add oil and when it sizzles, add the onion and then the peppers, let them saute a bit -- about 4-5 minutes (I am so technical in my directions, aren't I). Add the chicken, let cook together a couple minutes then add the water and the curry paste -- cook for about 5 minutes, add the pureed veggies and the fiber -- cover and simmer (on lower heat) for about 15 minutes, add 1/2 and 1/2 and tomatoes, cook another 5 minutes (if you add the 1/2 and 1/2 too early it doesn't blend as well).

Serve over rice with Mango Chutney (sorry the chutney isn't part of the whole WW-10 point deal)
I also like to serve up sliced cucumbers as a side dish -- the coolness of the cucumbers is a nice contrast with the spiciness of the dish.


Dodi said...

ਮੋਸ੍ਤ ਵੋਨ੍ਦੇਰੋਉਸ ਥਨ੍ਕਸ ਤੋ ਯੋਉ, ਦੇਅਰੇਸ੍ਤ ਫ਼੍ਰਿਏਨ੍ਦ

(Translated, from my native indic script, means "My most wonderous thanks to you, dearest friend.")

I really needed a good laugh tonight... thanks ever so much for that!!!!!

Rock Chef said...

I think I will skip the Fibresure! Otherwise, looks very interesting.


Gina Grace said...

What is this fiber stuff for? Is it a thickener and essential for the recipe or is this a health thing? (what I'm trying to get at: can I skip it? Can I substitute a corn starch or flour slurry for it?)

Also- the pureed stuff? A part of the recipe or a way to get the kids to eat it? (Man, if they won't eat cauliflower, let me have a little chat with them. That stuff is darned good. I've seen them eat all sorts to weird seafoods-- I know they can do it!)

tz said...

rock chef...yeah, the fiber thing is off putting, but really you can't taste it...if you do try the recipe (even sans the fiber) let me know how you like it.

veggies you can skip too, but the chickpeas are really good in it, if you do skip add extra 1/2 and 1/2

gina...the kids'll eat cauliflower...i just like adding extra veggies to the main dish...cuts down on kcals, increses fiber...blah blah blah, it's the mom in me...what can I say

dodi...i always enjoy making you laugh...i feel like i can return the favor...i laugh all the time when i read your blog

Laura B. said...

Oh, you know you can "steal" any of my recipes any time! Thanks for posting the link. :-)

I will have to try this curry...it looks delish!!!