Steve's China Blog

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Chicken Curry

Chicken curry is a popular dish in most of Asia, and in China it is usually something that someone makes when cooking for themselves. You do not usually find it in restaurants since people usually go to restaurants with a group of people and eating is sort of like a social event. Sometimes I find a place that serves it, and I really like it. While I was at the grocery store the other day I found some curry mix, so I also bought the things I needed to make some.

For ingredients I used the following:

2 chicken breasts cut up into small cubes
4 small potatoes cut up into small cubes
1 large carrot cut up into small cubes
Half a red onion, minced
200 grams of Curry mix (about 7 ounces)

You can use any type of chicken. Most places use dark meat, but I happen to use chicken breasts because they are easier to cut up. You can also use white or yellow onion.

From left to right... chicken, curry mix, potatoes, carrots and onion

In a wok or large pan you put in two tablespoons of vegetable oil and heat that. When the oil is hot enough add the chicken and stir fry it until the chicken turns white. Then add the vegetables in and stir fry them together for a minute or two.

Quick stir fry of chicken and vegetables

Then you want to add enough water to cover everything. Bring it to a boil and then cover and let simmer for about 15 minutes.

Mix of chicken and vegetables coming to a boil

The curry mix is solid and comes in a package. It is formed in blocks, sort of like a big candy bar. Break it up and add it to the mix. The solid curry mix will melt pretty quickly. Stir it into the mix and then cover it up and let it simmer again for about 5 minutes.

After adding the curry mix

After it simmers a few minutes check it to see if it is too dry or too wet. If it is too dry then add some water and stir well. If it is too wet then let it cook on low heat uncovered for awhile.

All done and just the right amount of thickness

To serve it, just ladle it out on top of some rice. Enjoy!

A simple and delicious meal

One thing I discovered is that if you forget to use your fan above the stove top is that your kitchen will smell like curry for a long time. Haha!


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