An oldie but a goodie

Tonight’s post is a rehash from something I did a while ago.

Ever have a yen for something tasty?

I give you… Inspired by Dirk.li….

Chicken Vindaloo.


Well, I have to say, I did a quick question on facebook that went something like:

“I took chicken out of the freezer, what do I make?”

Aside from the multitudes of ‘Chicken Dish’ responses, I got some seriously great inspiration… Thanks Mim! (that’d be the Mim at http://www.mimsukes.com)

So, of course, what else could I make! But, we’re keto and gluten free, and I’ve never bought curry paste in my life. What to do, what to do.

What I used:

8 skin on/bone in chicken thighs

1/2 spanish onion

8 Campari tomatoes

1 c chicken broth (or stock)

1 Tbsp Canola Oil

1/2 c Heavy Whipping Cream

Curry Paste (ingredients and instructions under the cut)

What we did…

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How I did it? Under the cut, please!

I checked out what was in Vindaloo style curry paste, and I used this recipe from Jamie Oliver as a base: (Found at: http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/recipe/easy-homemade-curry-pastes)

Vindaloo paste

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 thumb-sized piece fresh root ginger

  • 4 dried red chillies

  • 1 tablespoon turmeric

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

  • 3 tablespoons groundnut oil

  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree

  • 2 fresh red chillies

  • 1 small bunch fresh coriander

  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns

  • 4 cloves

  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds

  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds

  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds

Now, I have a fairly well stocked spice cabinet, but I won’t lie, there were substitutions made. My Vindaloo paste was:

  • 2 tsp Amore Garlic Paste (ultra concentrated, ultra smooth. Comes in a toothpaste type tube.)
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Heinz No sugar added Ketchup
  • 3 tbsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp dried cilantro
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 3 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp MSG

Blitz the dry ingredients in a spice grinder or a food processor till finely powdered and well blended. Dump into a bowl, DO NOT BREATHE THE DUST…unless you’re me and wanted to sniff it and ended up a wheezy sneezy burny mess for a few minutes (yeah, I basically maced myself. Learn from my silliness!). Stir in the wet stuff till combined. It’s a little sweet, a little salty and a nice flavorful hot.

Take about a little more than half of it and coat your chicken thighs and let it sit for at least an hour, overnight wouldn’t be a bad thing, but I never plan that far ahead.

Set them on a baking pan- I used a half sheet pan with a piece of parchment on it, makes for a much easier clean up.

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Bake at 375F till done, and a little toasty looking.

Back to the sauce, as inspired by the song.

First you take an onion, slice and dice: image

and sautee in a hot pan with a tbsp of canola oil till translucent.

Add the curry paste and mash around with the onions till fragrant and yellow and well: it starts like this:

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and then looks like this:

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Once you get that sticky goodness that smells toasty (low fire, medium heat!) deglaze with a cup of chicken broth (1 tsp chicken bouillon powder to 1 cup water, or homemade or boxed or canned, whatever you got on hand). Scrape all the yum off the bottom and while it reduces,

these:

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are Campari Tomatoes. They’re really sweet, and not very acidic. Quarter them, then add to the curry-onion goodness in the pan.

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Simmer this, and it’ll release it’s own juices and perfume the room you’re cooking in. It’ll be good, trust me. Keep stirring it till it looks like this:

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Then cover and cook on low another 5-10 minutes

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(yeah, I know that’s not really the cover to my saucier. It doesn’t actually have a cover and I was improvising with the lid to my crock pot.)

Everything will get nice and mushy, you’ll add in your half cup of heavy cream here- it’s fully optional, but I find it rounds it out and gives the sauce a velvety smooth mouthfeel, and tempers the raw flamethrower blast of heat, and as a bonus, it won’t require any other thickener- which is really good when you’re cooking keto friendly. You can temper in yogurt, but I always seem to have issues with it breaking and curdling.

It’ll start out looking a little loose, like this:

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but after a few minutes of simmering and reducing, it’ll thicken up to nappe (french for coats the back of a spoon) pretty quick

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By now, your chicken should be done (or if it’s not, this sauce holds and reheats beautifully).

Toss your chicken in and stir gently to coat.

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I have yet to figure out how to make a curry look as good as it tastes. I think it’s impossible!

Serve over a bed of Jasmine Rice if you’re so inclined OR if you’re me, simple steamed cauliflower is a perfect accompaniment. (Cauliflower ‘rice’ is another great thing to serve with this.)

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Nutrition Info, as per My Fitness Pal:

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