Another Take on Spicy Chicken Curry

We love a good chicken curry and we tend to try various styles at different times. This particular version is pretty simple and you can make it very spicy or tone the heat down for a milder version. We chose to go ahead and leave in the heat, but we would forewarn you that it did pack a bit of a punch. It was very flavorful and would certainly work with shrimp or fish as well. We also chose to use a couple of types of peppers, but it can certainly be made using a single pepper. This recipe serves two, but it can easily be increased for a larger group. Our original version of chicken curry used cream to help cool it down, which could be done for this dish as well.

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Peppers and Spices

INGREDIENTS

  •  2 Skinless and Boneless Chicken Breasts – cut into 1 inch cubes
  •  1 Medium White Onion – thinly sliced
  •  2 Garlic Cloves – chopped
  •  1 tsp Fresh Ginger – peeled and grated
  •  1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  •  1/2 tsp Ground Turmeric
  •  1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
  •  1/4 tsp Garam Masala
  •  1 Serano Pepper – chopped (deseeded for less heat)
  •  1 Fresno Pepper – chopped (deseeded for less heat)
  •  2 tsp Tomato Purée
  •  2 tsp Lemon Juice
  •  2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  •  Salt and Pepper to taste
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Simmering Chicken

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until lightly browned. While the onion is cooking, add the garlic, ginger, cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, garam masala, peppers, and 1/4 cup cold water to a blender and pulse until it forms a smooth paste. Remove the onions from the skillet and add the chicken, seasoning with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken until fully done and the sides are browned, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add the paste, tomato purée, and onions to the chicken. Rinse the blender with 3/4 cup of boiling water and stir it into the skillet to create a sauce. Simmer for about 7 minutes to completely coat the chicken and heat the sauce. Add the lemon juice and serve over a bed of rice or fried potatoes.

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Blending the Ingredients
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Sautéed Onions
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Browning the Chicken
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Spicy Chicken Curry

 

Butcher’s Sausage with Peppers and Onions

When we lived in Frankfurt, there was a butcher located on the corner of our street where we would go and buy fresh meats for dinner. Here in Colorado, we have to go a little bit further to get to a butcher, but it is well worth the effort. Everyone talks about farm to table cooking, but for home-cooks it isn’t always as easy. We also go to a local farmer’s market every weekend to get fresh vegetables. This is a meal that definitely reminded us of Germany, not just because of the sausage, but also because of using the fresh ingredients with no preservatives. Butcher’s sausage is a sausage that is made up of meat scraps that the butcher saves as they trim up different cuts of meat. Our sausage had pork, beef, duck pate, chicken liver, and chicken. It sounds like a crazy combination, but it tasted really good. Obviously, this recipe works well with bratwurst, beef sausage, or almost any type of sausage. You can also use green pepper if you’d like, but red and orange peppers are a little sweeter. Because the sausage has a lot of seasonings inside of it, there isn’t any reason to add anything other than some salt and pepper.

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Peppers and Onion from the Farmer’s Market

INGREDIENTS

  •  Two Links of Butcher’s Sausage
  •  1 Red Pepper – sliced
  •  1 Orange Pepper – sliced
  •  1/2 Red Onion – sliced
  •  2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  •  2 Buns or Hoagie Rolls
  •  Dijon Mustard
  •  Salt and Pepper to taste
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Browned Sausage and Caramelized Vegetables

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat a large skillet with the oil over medium-high heat. Be sure to slice the peppers and onion into similar size strips. Place the peppers in the pan and sauté them for about 5 to 6 minutes, until they start to soften. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper, and continue to sauté until peppers and onion begin to caramelize, about another 4 to 5 minutes. Butterfly the sausage and place them into the center of the pan, moving the peppers and onion towards the edge of the pan, and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes per side until the sausage begins to brown. Spread the mustard onto the bun, place the sausage cut-side down, and cover with peppers and onion.

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Sautéing the Peppers and Onion
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Sausage and Pepper Sandwich

 

Marinated Chicken with a Tequila-Lime Sauce

Marinating chicken thighs with tequila and lime juice creates a very tender chicken and has the taste of Mexico.  Chicken thighs are an economical choice that provides great flavor and stays moist when grilled, but it works well with chicken breasts as well.  We’ve also used this recipe on pork tenderloin as well, since it is very versatile and definitely quite tasty.  The key is letting the chicken marinate overnight and letting the chicken soak up all of the flavor.  Jalapeño corn bread is a great accompaniment or a corn salad goes really nice as well.  We hope that you enjoy it.

Tequila Lime Chicken
Tequila Lime Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Tequila (silver or gold)
  • 3/4 cup Lime Juice – fresh squeezed
  • 1/3 cup Orange Juice – fresh squeezed
  • 3/4 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 3/4 tbsp Jalapeño Pepper – freshly minced (seeded if you prefer less heat)
  • 3/4 tbsp Garlic – freshly minced (about 2 cloves)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 3/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 4 Chicken Thighs – skin on
Fresh Fruit
Fresh Fruit
Tequila
Tequila

Instructions

In a large bowl or measuring cup, combine the tequila, lime juice, orange juice, chili powder, garlic, jalapeño pepper, salt, and black pepper.  Whisk the ingredients together.  Place the chicken thighs into a shallow pan or baking dish.  Pour the marinade over the chicken so that it covers the chicken thighs.  Cover and place in a refrigerator overnight (turning the chicken thighs over occasionally).  Heat a grill pan or grill to medium-high heat.  Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill the chicken thighs, skin side down, until golden brown, approximately 10 – 15 minutes.  Flip the thighs, reduce the heat to medium, and continue to grill until cooked through, approximately 10 – 15 minutes.  Remove from the heat and let rest at least 5 minutes before serving.

Fresh Squeezed Juice is Key
Fresh Squeezed Juice is Key
Mince Garlic and Jalapeño Pepper
Mince Garlic and Jalapeño Pepper
Add Tequila
Add Tequila
Pour Marinade Over Chicken
Pour Marinade Over Chicken
Marinate Chicken Overnight
Marinate Chicken Overnight
Grill Chicken
Grill the Chicken