This recipe really has no name. I imagine that is is a very distant relative of an authentic dish that is made somewhere. In our house this dinner is simply made. It follows no recipes. Maybe that makes it more authentic? Or more likely, much less. Either way, this is a quick, simple, yummy, warm meal. I don’t use the crockpot for this, but you could!
Basically this is just chicken slow cooked in a yummy sauce. I start by cutting up the chicken breasts (or thighs if you like the dark meat) and tossing them in my dutch oven. I probably use about 5 or so large chicken breasts as my kids are solid eaters. I cut it into cubes, usually while still partly frozen straight from the Costco bag, but whatever floats your boat will probably work fine.
Then into the food processor I put one can of full fat coconut milk, two small or one large yellow onion, two red peppers (or mixed colors, but I like the red), salt, a sprinkle of garam masala (maybe a teaspoon), and a couple squirts of red curry paste. I think maybe 1-2 teaspoons to taste. I then squirt in a touch of honey and blend the whole thing up. It will be be coral color – which is why this is sometimes called pink chicken, or orange chicken in our house. I taste the sauce in case I want more spicy curry in there. But usually I don’t, and that just gives me a chance to appreciate the boldness of raw onion.
Then pour the sauce over the chicken and pop into the oven. I will admit here that I have cooked this at all kinds of temperatures for all kinds of lengths. But usually 350 ish for 45 minutes or so is probably good. Lower and slower works fine too.
When it is done cooking, I put it back on the stovetop and stir in a cornstarch and water slurry just to thicken the sauce a bit. Taste for salt – and remember that you want it to be a bit salty because you are going to put it over plain jasmine rice.
I serve it over jasmine rice (I know – I just said that), with lime wedges to squeeze and chopped cilantro to sprinkle. Because this is a dinner that isn’t even named, it seldom has side dishes more elaborate than some green beans, but I have made flatbread to eat it with and that was well received by everyone (who would have imagined?)
Easy. Yummy. People fed. Success!