It’s Thursday and that means
one more crappy day until the weekend recipe day. This week’s offering is another curry recipe. At this house curry is a staple but I understand that not everyone goes for it.Okay, I lied. I really don't understand how anyone can not like curry.
This can be as expensive or as cheap as you want to make it. I made this very cheap, like you expected anything less. Most every thing was a leftover. How about I start right in and give you the blow by blow as I go.
Chicken & Peas in Curry Sauce
¼ cup curry powder or 2 Tablespoons of curry paste
¼ cup flour
3 chicken breasts**
¼ cup olive oil
1 small apple, cored and chopped*****
1 stalk celery, chopped***
1 medium onion
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
14 ounce can vegetable stock
1 cup heavy cream****
Salt & pepper
Drudge chicken breasts in flour, reserving flour. In a deep frypan, sauté chicken in olive oil until golden. Remove and reserve.
Sauté apple, celery and onion until tender; stir in reserved flour until smooth. Add vegetable stock, curry powder or paste. Bring to a boil; reduce hear and add chicken. Simmer, covered, 20-25 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove chicken to a platter. Slice into strips. Reduce heat, stir in cream and peas. Cook until heated through. Season with salt & pepper.
Cook rice as usual.
Serve by stacking rice and chicken then pouring sauce over top.
Now, for the changes:
* I used curry paste because I had it on hand. Don’t sweat it if you don’t.
** I used some left over roasted chicken from a couple of days ago which I just warmed up in the microwave. That way I didn’t have chicken stuff in my sauce. I have some crazy food issues that I should probably see some sort professional for and nothing that we need to go into now. By using already cooked chicken I was able to cut the cooking time down to 15 minutes. Big time saver.
*** I didn’t have any celery but I did have celery seed in my spice cabinet. I tossed in about 2 tablespoons. Worked great.
**** I just happened to have heavy cream in my refrigerator because it was on a manager special. If you don’t have an ice cream junky husband so do not need to keep large quantities of heavy cream in your refrigerator than use regular milk.
***** I realize that apples sound like a weird thing to put in a curry sauce but trust me don’t skip this ingredient. The apples add a nice sweetness to the curry and the texture of the apples is delightful.
After doing a quick bit of math (because that is the only kind of math I do, a quick bit) I figure that all 4 servings cost $5.