Chicken Curry with Dried Apricots

… everything! Seriously, it’s like once you have a child, you’re suddenly a superhero. And so I present with pride my own mother, who is graciously going to share some of her secrets with us. I hope you find her recipes as delicious as I do! Here is the first of many recipes to come from my mum.

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This recipe is from Epicurious.com.  I was searching for curry recipes for my annual Curry Fest and found this recipe.  It has become a favorite at my annual Fests, and if I do not make it everyone is very disappointed.  My annual Curry Fests are now in the 5th year, and Chicken Curry with Dried Apricots has been there every year.  Some of my Curry Fests were based on colour, and this satisfies the ‘red’ curry.

Here is the recipe for Chicken Curry with Dried Apricots:

2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped shallots (if you do not want to use shallots, use a mild onion)
1 Tbsp red curry paste (found in the international aisles of the grocery stores).  Note that you can decrease the amount of curry paste, make it to the level of heat that you want.
1 Tbsp minced peeled ginger (I used the minced ginger in a jar, which works well)
1 lb chicken breasts (boneless and skinned)
2 – 14 ounce cans of unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup dried apricots, cut in quarters
2 Tbsp mango chutney (I used Major Grey)
3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Heat veggie oil and added chopped shallots.  Saute until golden brown (about 5 minutes).  Mix in red curry paste and minced ginger, cook for one minute.  Add chicken breasts (chopped into bite size pieces).  Cook for about 6 minutes until chicken is cooked through.  Remove chicken from pot.

Add unsweetened coconut milk and dried apricots to pot, boil until mixture is reduced to 2 1/4 cups, about 10 minutes.  Mixed in mango chutney and 1/2 cup of cilantro  Return cooked chicken to pot.  Stir to heat through.  Serve over rice, and sprinkle with remaining cilantro.

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This is a great recipe for curry beginners and experts alike! I hope you all enjoy this dish as much as we do! My mum isn’t lying about how popular it is!

S. & Mum.

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