We had chicken and the general opinion was that it should be eaten with rice rather than pasta or jacket potatoes, and in fact having it in a curry would be even better. Neither husband nor daughter like really hot curries, daughter doesn’t like onions or mushrooms but husband does, and both fancied a creamy as opposed to veggie or tomatoey chicken curry. So this is what I did:
Butter chicken curry
- 2 chicken breasts, about 14 oz, cut into pieces
- 2 slices of bacon, cut into pieces
- ½ a red pepper, chopped in small pieces, or large if you prefer
- fresh ground mixed spice of your choice but mine had cumin, coriander seeds, fennel, fenugreek, black pepper, star anise, nigella and various others! Use as much as you like
- curry powder – I used mild for my family, but for me I’d have had HOT!
- Bisto (yes, I know it’s not authentic but it is what i had) made up with a small amount of boiling water and then milk
- tomato ketchup – not purée
- double cream
- serve with rice which has been washed and soaked in cold water then boiled in salted water (you can add turmeric if you like)
- fry the bacon and the red pepper in some butter with the fresh ground spices, very gently; put a lid on the pan and let it sweat down a little – unless you like chunky not soft veg!
- add the chicken and brown gently, and more butter if needed
- add the curry powder – whether it’s mild or hot, add it a little at a time – it’s easy to put in but impossible to take out! Add extra turmeric for colour and flavour
- add more butter if it’s getting dry, and when the chicken is all coloured, add the Bisto
- as it cooks (gently) keep checking the spiciness, and add more milk as needed to get the right consistency of the sauce; add the tomato ketchup – two squirts was right, but taste and check so you don’t add too much; it should add a slight sweet and sourness not an overwhelmy tomatoey or vinegary taste
- meanwhile cook the rice – it shouldn’t take long as it has bee washed and soaked, add salt but not too much
- when everything is cooked add the sweetcorn at the last minute so it heats through, and add as much cream as you like to taste, stir in very gently
I hope you enjoy it!!