It’s been at least two or three weeks since I last busted out our crockpot, which just isn’t right. Thinking about how to right that wrong, I decided it was time to build on the earlier success of this week (I was pretty pumped for being able to rescue the curried red lentil soup) – and do it all over again. That’s how you learn, right? Recipe inspired and adapted from Food & Wine.
Slow Cooked Chicken, Sweet Potato & Cauliflower Curry Stew
- 1 pound or so chicken breasts, rinsed and patted dry (Note: this would probably be tastier with chicken thighs, but the Husband and I BOTH don’t like dark meat = at least we’re equally weird.)
- salt + pepper
- canola or vegetable oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger (Tip: keep a fresh ginger root in your freezer and just grate it as you need it!)
- 2 tablespoons or so curry powder
- 1 tablespoon chili paste, for kick
- 1/4 cup chicken or veggie broth
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
- 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
- 1 15 oz light coconut milk
- 1 bag frozen peas, thawed (Tip: just take them out of the bag, sit in them in a colander and let drain as the rest of the dish slow cooks)
- optional: cilantro, lime
- Heat oil in a hot saute pan. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and sear them on each side, until just golden brown. Transfer to your crockpot.
- In the same saute pan, reduce the heat, add a bit more oil and then your onions. Saute until starting to soften, then add garlic & ginger. Cook for a minute, then add curry powder and chili paste. Cook another minute or so and then add your broth, scraping up the yummy bits from the pan. Pour over the chicken in the crockpot.
- Add sweet potato, cauliflower, and coconut milk to the crockpot and give it a quick toss. Season with salt and pepper.
- Cook on low for about 7-8 hours, until chicken is cooked and vegetables are tender.
- Stir in the peas until warmed through. Serve over brown rice, squeeze with a hit of lime juice, and top with cilantro.
This 1. was just the right amount of spicy; 2. smelled awesome; and 3. tasted great. Veggies were maybe slightly mushy, and there was a lot of liquid. With a bit of tweaking on this adaptation, this is a winner. That will feed you for days. And days. (Especially when the Hubs is at work – nothing like a crockpot full of chicken and veggies for one, okthanks.)