I received a review copy of Mark Bittman’s Quick and Easy Recipes from the New York Times in the mail this week and thumbing through it found this recipe for a quick chicken curry. Are you familiar with Mark Bittman? He writes “The Minimalist”, a syndicated recipe column for the New York Times. He tends to strip recipes down to their essentials (hence the “Minimalist”) and simplifies complicated recipes for the home cook. This chicken curry is a great example of a simple Bittman recipe – quick, tasty, filling. In addition to raisins (a suggested option that we loved), Bittman also recommends adding slivered almonds and a dash of chile pepper flakes. If you want to use yogurt instead of sour cream, just make sure that the yogurt sauce never simmers. If it does, it will curdle.
Chicken Curry in a Hurry Recipe
- 1 Tbsp corn, grapeseed, or olive oil
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 1/3 cup golden raisins (optional)
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons yellow curry powder, or to taste
- 4 skinless, boneless, chicken breast halves (1 to 1 1/2 pounds)*
- 1 cup sour cream
- Minced fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish
*Some chicken breasts are bigger than others. We had two huge breast halves that added up to 1 1/2 pounds. To make them more serving sized, we sliced each half in half, horizontally, to make 4 breast pieces.
1 Put the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. When hot, add the onions (and optional raisins), sprinkle with some salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Turn the heat down to medium, sprinkle with half of the curry powder, and continue to cook a minute or two.
2 Meanwhile, season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle it with the remaining curry powder. Move the onion to one side of the skillet and add the chicken in one layer. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate.
3 Add the sour cream and stir constantly over medium-low heat until the mixture is nice and thick. Return the chicken to the skillet and cook for a couple more minutes, or until cooked through, turning once.
Garnish with cilantro or parsley and serve with rice.