Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

May 27, 2016

I love a good slow cooker recipe. I especially love versatile ones where leftovers can be transformed into other meals. Now that summer is here, I try to avoid using my oven and stove so much. Often we make fresh salads and grill outside. Other times, I’m craving more of a comfort food, and this one is warm, hearty, yet full of fresh summer flavors like tomatoes and spinach. 

The whole point of a slow cooker meal is to make quick and easy meals with minimum prep and hands-on time. Sounds perfect to me during lazy summer months, where I’d rather be enjoying the sunshine than slaving in a hot kitchen.

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Ingredients:

2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
5 tsp curry powder (vary this, depending on the strength and spice of your curry powder)
3 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
3 bay leaves
2- 15 oz cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
2- 15 oz cans diced tomatoes, undrained (I often used diced fresh tomatoes in the summer)
1 cup chicken broth

3 TB Lime Juice
9 oz package fresh spinach
4 cups hot cooked rice or quinoa (optional)

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Instructions:

Deskin and debone the chicken thighs. Slice meat into small chunks. Add to slow cooker. (I like to buy them with skin and bones and prepare myself to save money. I find slightly frozen chicken easiest to dice!)

Add all other ingredients, except lime juice, spinach, and rice/quinoa.  

 Stir well and slow cook for 4 hours on high.

Taste for flavors and add more salt and pepper as needed. Stir in spinach and lime juice.   

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Serve over cooked quinoa or rice.

Lazy Leftovers

The best part about slow cooker meals is that they make a large portion. This Chicken Curry Stew works perfectly as a wrap filling for a light midday meal or dinner.

Ingredients:

2 large wraps of your choice. Burrito size.
4 radishes
4 Cherry tomatoes
Handful of spinach
Handful of feta cheese

Warm up Chicken Curry Stew.

Thinly slice radishes and add to wrap. Top with spinach, tomatoes, and feta cheese.

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Add a large spoonful of drained stew to wrap.

Carefully wrap and roll. Place on a buttered griddle over medium heat to toast the wrap.

Enjoy! This easy wrap takes less than 5 minutes to make and is filling and healthy.

Did you try this recipe? Tell me what you think!

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