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Best Crock-Pot Curry Chicken!

My husband had asked me to make some curry chicken after having some at a restaurant at the airport.  He found me an amazing recipe that I have changed the steps slightly to allow for an easy to make crock-pot meal instead of spending so much time in the kitchen cooking on the stove-top.  This is quickly becoming one of my top 10 dishes because the chicken just melts in your mouth and the sauce is packed with so much flavor!  There is a warning though.  If you cook this in the crock-pot while being at home all day it will be torture because it smells amazing and whatever you do don’t sneak a taste of it because I guarantee you won’t want to stop!

What is great is it includes my new best friend “Greek Yogurt” as one of the ingredients.  This is a spicy dish but can be modified by reducing the amount of red pepper flakes and chili powder as desired. It does require numerous spices but I found I had most of them already at home.  The one that I did not have was cardamom which I found to be expensive at Wal-Mart (around $11 for regular size bottle) but I since have seen it cheaper at other stores like Hubble and Hudson and will be looking at World Market and other specialty stores.  I am sure these spices can also be found cheaper online for a larger quantity and for the amounts of spice used in this and other similar recipes it may be better to eventually buy them in the larger bulk size.

See below for this amazing recipe.  Make it this week and let me know what you think!

Please share your experience with cooking Indian inspired foods and post your recipes!

Ingredients:

3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1 large yellow onion diced

3-4 cloves garlic, minced

10 pearl onions, peeled and cut in half

1 tbsp lemon juice

4-5 tsp olive oil

1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt

1 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes

1 tsp dried red pepper flakes

1 tsp dried mint leaves

1 1/4 tsp ground ginger

1 1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp pepper (or freshly ground peppercorns)

1/2 tsp cardamom

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp chili powder

2 tsp turmeric powder

2 tsp coriander powder

2 bay leaves

prepared Jasmine Rice or Basmati Rice

Prepare a container with all the dried spices together except the bay leaves. (red pepper flakes, mint leaves, ginger, cloves, pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, chili powder, turmeric, coriander). Saute pearl onions to a skillet with olive oil until slightly brown. Add the diced yellow onion and minced garlic (I use a food processor to chop the yellow onion and garlic up really fine). Saute vegetables for about 5 minutes. Reduce heat and add the spice mixture and stir. Add the can of tomatoes (if you don’t like chunks of tomato you can also briefly put this in food processor). Stir in the Greek Yogurt and mix well. Prepare the crock-pot and lay chicken thighs on the bottom. Pour the  tomato spice mixture over the top of the chicken and add two bay leaves. Set the crock-pot on the low setting and let it cook for 6 or more hours. Remove bay leaves before serving. Serve with jasmine or basmati rice.

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Greek Yogurt is the BOMB!

We have several meals that we love that call for sour cream. We have certainly tried many varieties of the low-fat sour cream but it does change the flavor enough to notice. So in walks my new best friend GREEK YOGURT! Try it in any of your foods that call for sour cream and see if you notice a difference. We made hamburger stroganoff tonight and couldn’t tell a difference at all. I also have used it in smoothies to help increase the protein. Greek yogurt is lower in calories and fat than regular sour cream and has much more protein. It is a great exchange if you are looking to cut calories or fat and want to add more protein to your diet without changing your normal meals too much. See recipe for hamburger stroganoff below. Do you have any Greek yogurt ideas you would like to share?

Hamburger Stroganoff
8-10 oz cooked noodles (about 1/2-3/4 of a 16 oz. pkg)
1 lb lean ground beef cooked, drain fat
1 can cream of mushroom soup (regular or less fat)
1/2 cup milk (low-fat is fine)
1 cup plain greek yogurt
5 green onions, cleaned and chopped small
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2-1 beef bullion cube (to taste)
salt and pepper to taste

Cook noodles as directed and set aside. Brown hamburger, onions and garlic. Drain fat. Add soup and milk. Mix until soup starts to thin. Add Greek yogurt and mix well. Lower heat and salt and pepper to taste and add 1/2 beef bullion cube (can add more if desired). Add in 8oz-10oz of noodles to the stroganoff mix and coat noodles. Serve with green beans or broccoli and garlic bread.
**You can also add peas, mushrooms or other items to the sauce to change it up!