Since returning to work full time I have been trying new, quick and easy meals. Ones that can be made in no time, without the stress of a lot of preparation and meals which are healthy and will please the whole family.
Last week I decided to go for a family favourite, curry. Curries do not always require long marinading time to be tasty and this recipe is proof. Ready in just over 30 minutes this is a meal that can be made easily but more importantly it is a lot healthier than grabbing a take away, not to mention cheaper!
Pair this curry with some rich turmeric and cardamon rice or as my children wanted, rice and beans, naan breads, poppadoms and dips and you have got a meal that has been transformed into a feast!
This is what I did...
1 onion, chopped
4 chicken breasts, diced
2 tbsp tikka curry powder
6 tbsp tomato puree
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
200mls chicken stock
100g green beans, chopped
50g tenderstem broccoli, chopped
2tbsp mango chutney
1 - Spray a little oil into a large saute pan and over a medium heat gently fry the chopped onions for 5 minutes
2 - Add the diced chicken breasts and continue to cook with the pan covered for a further 5 minutes
3 - While the chicken is cooking boil a pan of water ready for the rice
4 - Combine together the tomato puree with the curry powder and mix into a paste
5 - Remove the lid from the pan and add the curry and tomato paste to the chicken and onions and mix until all of the ingredients are evenly combined
6 - Pour in the chopped tomatoes, chicken stock, add the green beans, broccoli and mango chutney
7 - Mix all of the ingredients together and bring to the boil, reduce the heat, cover the pan and simmer for 20 minutes
8 - Cook the rice with 1tsp ground turmeric and 6 crushed cardamon seeds
9 - Drain the rice once cooked as per packet instructions and serve with the curry sauce
There you have it. A quick and easy chicken curry which is full of flavour and a healthy choice! So forget reaching for a ready made meal on a week night, just set aside 30 minutes and feast on a delicious homemade dinner!