Curried Chicken

Here’s a fresh take on leftover chicken. We love roasting whole chickens or putting a large batch of chicken on the grill. Either way we usually end up with plenty of leftovers. Chicken salad is great, but sometimes you’re in the mood for something a little different – and need a quick and easy dinner idea. Curried Chicken to the rescue.

  • 1 tablespoon oil or butter
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder (more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, if you like your curry hot)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 4 oz can mushrooms, drained, (optional) or 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup strong chicken broth (or l/2 cup water and 1 bouillon cube)
  • 2 cups milk or 16 oz can coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold tap water
  • 2 cups cooked, chopped chicken

First off, the mushrooms are completely optional. They are good added to this dish, but it is still very tasty without them. If you use fresh mushrooms, cook them with the other vegetables. If you use canned mushrooms, add them with the chicken at the end.

Anyway, to make Curried Chicken, heat the oil or butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the curry powder, (hot pepper flakes if you like them), onion, celery, (fresh mushrooms, if you are using them) and apple chunks. Cook and stir everything up until it is tender and fragrant. Add the chicken broth, and milk. In a small cup combine the cornstarch and tap water. Mix with a fork until the cornstarch dissolves. Add this to the skillet. Cook and stir the mixture in the skillet until it comes to a full rolling boil. Add the chicken (and the drained mushrooms if you are using them). Simmer for a few minutes, to heat the chicken. Serve over large bowls of Rice.

I serve this dish with sliced orange wedges, salty peanuts and canned beets. Snickerdoodle Cookies are good for dessert. This recipe is not in any way authentic, when compared to real Indian curries. It is a country adaptation which none the less, tastes very exotic to the unrefined Hillbilly palate. If you want to be more authentic then replace the dairy milk with canned coconut milk, replace the curry powder with green curry paste and omit any hot pepper flakes. Green curry paste runs hot, so you won’t need any extra hotness from the hot peppers.

A fresh take on leftover chicken - turn it into curried chicken and serve over rice. Quick and simple weeknight dinner.

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