Creamy cashews add a velvety richness to this flavorful Indian Chicken Curry – pair with homemade naan bread for the perfect meal!
Guess who’s back? BACK AGAIN.
It’s 30 Minute Mondays, ya’ll.
Tell a friend.
….and now I feel obligated to tell you that the only songs I can successfully karaoke are those written by Eminem.
Things are getting pretty personal here today.
Now that you know I have the mouth of a sailor (and questionable drinking habits), I hope you’re enjoying a happy mental image of me making a complete fool out of myself.
Let me help you out: The last time I karaoke’d (<– is this a word?) something other than sweet, sweet Marshall Mathers poetry, my friend Elliot and I sang Alejandro by Lady Gaga and it was HORRENDOUS.
The entire time I was just cringing and looking around the room, watching everyone else in the bar cringe back at me. I think I even sloshed a bit of beer on myself at one point.
Alright, enough tales from the drunken crypt.
Let’s talk about this Creamy Cashew Indian Chicken Curry.
You guys. So good.
When Becky and I were in San Francisco, we walked past a little hole-in-the-wall Indian place and she mentioned that she had never had Indian food before.
Needless to say, I drug her over to the restaurant for lunch and force fed her some butter chicken and naan. It was for her own good.
It maybe wasn’t the *best* Indian food I’ve had, but it was still pretty darn good. Since I’ve been home, I’ve been on a bit of an Indian food kick.
I made this Korma recipe the other night, then decided that it was way too complicated and I needed to come up with something that better utilized my blender and could be cooked in less than 30 minutes.
I’m lazy and I know you are, too.
Here’s the game plan to get this done in 30 minutes:
(If you’re serving this with rice, you’ll want to start cooking it first! Here’s my favorite method.)
- Minutes 1-3: Heat up your griddle pan and season the chicken.
- Minutes 3-5: Begin cooking the chicken. Start blending the sauce ingredients and transfer the puree to a hot, oiled saucepan.
- Minutes 5-15: Simmer the sauce and stir in the spices, flip the chicken, and cream the cashews in your blender.
- Minutes 15-20: Add the cashew mixture, coconut milk, and yogurt into the sauce.
- Minutes 20-25: Cut up the cooked chicken and transfer it to the saucepan.
- Minutes 25-30: Simmer the chicken in the sauce; once it’s warm, dinner is ready!
Here’s the Recipe!
For the Chicken
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2" thickness
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- 2 teaspoons garam masala
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
For the Cashew Curry Sauce
- 1 white onion, halved
- 2 medium tomatoes, halved
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup water
- 14 ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (NOT nonfat!)
- Place the chicken, 2 teaspoons curry powder, 2 teaspoons garam masala, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a zipper-close bag. Press out the excess air, seal the bag, and massage the spices into the chicken.
- Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat; once hot, place the chicken breasts on the pan. Cook 6-8 minutes per side until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into bite-sized pieces.
- While the chicken is cooking, place the onion and tomato in the bowl of a blender and process until pureed. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, then add the onion-tomato mixture and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the spices and sugar.
- Place the cashews and water into the same blender bowl and puree. Transfer the mixture to the saucepan, and add the coconut milk and yogurt. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes over medium.
- Turn the heat down to low and add the cooked chicken pieces. Simmer for 5 minutes until warmed through.
- Serve with basmati rice and warm naan bread.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 452 Total Fat 30g Saturated Fat 6g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 21g Cholesterol 52mg Sodium 204mg Carbohydrates 21g Fiber 4g Sugar 8g Protein 29g