To spice lovers like myself, chicken curry is the ideal, all-purpose meal. It's a well-balanced, relatively fast, one-pot dinner with loads of personality. For guests who don't go for the fiery factor, I simply cut down on the number of spices and chiles; when I'm cooking for myself, I'll take the dish a few notches higher on the Scoville scale.
If you're preoccupied with other tasks or don't like to cook with raw meat, reach for a rotisserie chicken and blended spice mix to cut your prep time in half. Looking to save a buck, and have a few minutes to spare? Begin by browning chicken thighs, then simmer them in a sweet and spicy curry broth with aromatics until falling-apart tender. Check out the recipes and keep reading.
1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil Serves 4 to 8. 8 fresh long red chiles, such as Holland, seeded and coarsely chopped Serves 4.
1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 cup plain yogurt
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained (optional)
1 rotisserie chicken
2 cups cooked white rice (optional)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
5 small dried red chiles, such as chiles de árbol, seeded
2 stalks of fresh lemongrass, tender inner white bulbs only, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
3 small shallots, coarsely chopped, plus 4 medium shallots, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon water
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 whole chicken legs, split into legs and thighs (3 pounds)
One 14-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Freshly ground pepper
1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
Serves 4 to 8.
8 fresh long red chiles, such as Holland, seeded and coarsely chopped