Filipino Chicken Curry

January 12: National Curried Chicken Day

We have cooked different chicken curries for our blog before. But Islander seems to have gone back to the basics with her family’s Filipino-style chicken curry recipe for National Curried Chicken Day. This tasty dish is sometimes served at Filipino buffets and fiestas.

The Philippines were ruled by the Indianized kingdom of the Hindu Majapahit, Khmer Empire and Buddhist Srivijaya for 2,000 years before the islands were colonized by Spain. There is still a big population of Indians in some areas. Thus, the Indian culture has influenced Filipino cuisine. This recipe fuses Indian curry spices with sour patis (Filipino fish sauce) to give this dish its distinct flavor.

For a Filipino fusion food, try this Pinoy-style chicken curry recipe on National Curried Chicken Day.

Recipe

  • 1-2 pounds chicken legs or thighs
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon patis (fish sauce)
  • 3 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ – 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 can (14 ounces) coconut milk
  • 1 bell pepper, cut into large squares
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Prepare the vegetables by cutting the potatoes, onion and bell peppers. Set aside.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large pot. Cook the potatoes on medium high heat for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally so they don’t stick to the pot. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. In the same pot, add 1 tablespoon of oil and lightly brown the chicken pieces. Add the onions and garlic to the chicken and sauté until the onions have softened. Season with patis (fish sauce).

Sprinkle in the curry powder. Stir well with the water. Add the carrots and potatoes. Cover, lower the heat to medium and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in the coconut milk. Mix in the bell peppers. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another 10 minutes. Transfer to a large serving bowl. Serve hot with rice.

Notes

  • Bottled patis (fish sauce) may be found in the Asian section of some grocery stores or in Asian markets.
  • Search our blog for more chicken curry recipes.
  • Find more Filipino recipes under the ethnic section of our Theme Menus.

 

Curried Chicken Salad

and Sandwich

Curried Chicken Salad 

January 12: National Curried Chicken Day

Highlander has a hearty chicken salad or sandwich sometimes for lunch at work to tide him over till dinnertime. But some salads and sandwiches are bland so he likes his chunky chicken kicked up with curry flavor and slightly sweetened with slices of grapes. Celery and almonds also add a refreshing taste and crunchy texture. Our adaptation of a curried chicken recipe as a salad and sandwich is just as satifsying as a stew, which we have also prepared in the past, for National Curried Chicken Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from Weight Watchers and Wonderful Ways to Prepare Chicken by Jo Ann Shirley)

Ingredients

  • 2 breasts chicken, cooked
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • ½ cup grapes
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup almonds, blanched and slivered
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • water

Directions

Coarsely chop the cooked chicken. Dice the celery. Cut the grapes in half.

Curried Chicken Salad

Chop the onions. In a mixing bowl, combine the chicken, celery, grapes and onions with the mayonnaise. Stir in the lemon juice. Mix in the almonds. Season with salt and pepper.

Curried Chicken Salad

In a small cup, make a paste with the curry powder and a little water. Mix it in with the chicken salad until well blended. Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors to mingle. Arrange with fresh lettuce leaves in a chilled bowl and serve as a salad. Or spread between two slices of bread and a lettuce leaf and serve as a sandwich.

Curried Chicken Salad

Notes