I am guessing that most households will eat chicken at some point in an average week and whilst I do cook a number of chicken curries on the bone, it is always good to have some boneless chicken curries up your sleeve that you can whip together relatively quickly on a given evening. Cooking meat on the bone allows the meat to be more tender and succulent, but that said I know that having bones in a meal can really put some eaters off. So I hope this curry will be a happy compromise in that it is tasty, quick and bone free, therefore perhaps appealing to a wider audience.
Whilst it does contain coconut milk the tomatoes balance out the sweetness to the extent the coconut doesn’t dominate this dish, instead giving it a subtle creaminess. I also find that adding just two chillies allows my eldest child, who is 8 yrs old, to really enjoy eating it as she does not find it too spicy. So if you find yourself wondering what to do with some chicken breasts in the fridge over the course of next week give this south Indian curry a go, you won’t be disappointed.
Boneless Southern Indian Chicken Curry
650g chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite sized morsels
1 level tsp of turmeric powder
1/2 tsp of Kashmiri chilli powder
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 red onion, chopped
2 inches of ginger, peeled and finely grated
4 garlic cloves peeled and finely grated
2 green chillies, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 inch of ginger, peeled and chopped
1/2 tsp of black peppercorns
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
2 tbsp water
5 tomatoes, peeled, skinned and chopped (put in boiling water for 3 mins then peel easily)
2 limes, juice
250 ml coconut milk
salt to taste
fresh coriander leaves to serve
1. First marinate the chicken breasts at room temperature for up to an hour. Mix thoroughly with the turmeric and Kashmiri chilli powder and cover.
2. Prepare the chopping and grating of the onion, garlic and ginger for both the paste and the sauce and place to one side.
3. Place all the curry paste ingredients in a blender and blend into a smooth paste. Add a little more water if it needs help reaching a smooth quality. Place to one side.
3. Heat up a large pan with the oil and when it is hot add the mustard seeds. They will begin to pop within about 20 seconds – move them around the pan to release the fragrance and then add the onion and stir into the oil and seeds. Cook the onions for 5 minutes, by which time they will begin to soften before adding the garlic and ginger. Cook for a further minute before adding the curry paste and stiring thoroughly. Let simmer away for a further couple of minutes.
4. Add the chicken and stir into the sauce so that it is coated and begins to cook. After 8-10 minutes the chicken should have turned white, with no pink bits remaining, and will begin to bronze in places.
5. Add the softened tomatoes (you can remove the pips but I tend to use it all up, bar the skin!), lime juice and coconut milk and simmer for a further 20 minutes to allow the flavours to work together and for the chicken to be thoroughly cooked through. Season to taste.
If the sauce needs to be juicier then simply add a little water. If it is too juice then cook with the lid off for a little longer.
Serve with fragrant rice or some Indian flat bread.