Easy Sweet Potato & Chicken Curry

Sweet Potato & Chicken Curry

The bad news first: I was in the middle of photographing some oatmeal banana chocolate chip cookies when my camera took a field trip… off the kitchen counter, to the floor. It took the hit hard. So, without a way to take pictures for a little while, I’ll be posting less for the next few weeks. I have a enough recipes in my backlog that I’ll be posting one recipe a week for the next few weeks instead of my usual two. My new camera is on backorder, so I’m crossing my fingers it gets here ASAP! 

The good news: I have curry to drown my sorrows in. 😉 Just kidding -- sort of. 

Do you have a food you can’t live without? Maybe peanut butter? Or chocolate? Those are really good choices, and I would put them on my must-have list for sure (especially chocolate).

An oddball item on my list is curry. (You may have gotten that from the number of curry recipes already living on this blog. What can I say? I’m obsessed). I know, I know, curry is a really vague word. Am I talking about Thai curry? The bold and spicy curry of South India? Or maybe something warm, inspired by the Himalayas.

Sweet Potato & Chicken Curry
Sweet Potato & Chicken Curry

I’m going to give you a cop-out answer, and say I love them all. I like the whole category of curries, marked by their blend of spices, though most often I make curries inspired by Thailand or northern India. This is an example of the later. It offers a ying and yang of spicy and creamy; of hot and cool; of sweet and savory. Few other dishes are quite so satisfying. 

This sweet potato & chicken curry is one actually an oldie from the blog -- something I originally published over two years ago! It needed a bit of a face lift, and I was more than happy to accommodate... This sweet and savory curry is welcome in my house anytime, but especially when we have a foot of snow outside (which we do right now!). 

Sweet Potato & Chicken Curry

Easy Sweet Potato & Chicken Curry

Published February 20, 2018 by
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Serves: 4   |    Total Time: 30 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil 
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, minced
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 serrano chile, minced
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon ground curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds (whole)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Optional: dash of cayenne pepper, for extra heat
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, diced (or 1 large)
  • 2 14-ounce cans of crushed tomatoes (diced works too, will just be a chunkier curry)
  • 1 cup canned full-fat coconut milk
  • For serving: minced cilantro, roasted cashews, and your choice of rice/cauliflower rice/quinoa/etc

Directions:

  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil glisten, add diced onion, minced garlic, and minced ginger. Sauté until onions are transparent.
  2. Add the cubed chicken to the pan, browning on each side for about 3 minutes, and then turning to cook the other side. Add the minced serrano chile, spices, and salt, and stir.
  3. Add the diced sweet potato, along with the canned tomatoes, and coconut milk. Stir to incorporate everything.
  4. Bring to a simmer and place lid on pan, cooking until the sweet potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Prick potatoes with a fork to ensure they are soft all the way through.
  5. Serve curry hot, sprinkled with cilantro and toasted cashews, along with a side of rice/cauliflower rice/quinoa/etc.

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Favorite Curried Red Lentil & Chickpea Stew with Cauliflower & Sweet Potato

Favorite Curried Red Lentil & Chickpea Stew with Cauliflower & Sweet Potato

This stew, heavy with red lentils, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and coconut milk, may seem like a bit of an "everything but the kitchen sink" type of recipe, and you wouldn't be wrong if you guessed that. One cold evening last winter, I pranced around the kitchen adding this and that to the Instant Pot, letting the ingredients lead the way. It's almost by accident that this stew is what it is, but ever since it's become a favorite at our table. 

I am a big fan of Indian Daal, but sometimes wish it had a bit more to it. Extra veggies, or something to chew on. That desire is what lead me to this soup in the first place, I think, which is why I know you'll love it: it's the same spicy, savory flavor of Indian Daal, but with a new age twist incorporating cauliflower, sweet potato, and chickpeas. 

Favorite Curried Red Lentil & Chickpea Stew with Cauliflower & Sweet Potato
Favorite Curried Red Lentil & Chickpea Stew with Cauliflower & Sweet Potato

Cauliflower & sweet potatoes go with coconut curry like they were made for it. Their starchiness and subtle sweetness are the perfect backdrop for ginger, garlic, and brown mustard seeds. A splash of lime brightens everything. And chickpeas--far and away my favorite legume- make this soup feel more substantial than a regular lentil soup. 

Soak your lentils throughout the day (or even overnight) to make them easier to digest. This has the added benefit of making them cook faster too. After just a few minutes in an electric pressure cooker, the lentils are creamy and soft. 

P.S., Snow is falling slowly out our window right now. It's barely snowed here this year, despite it already being January, so it feels like a treat. We're going to need a cozy stew to warm us up this evening! This stew is just the thing to bring spoonfuls of cozy to your guests. 💛

Favorite Curried Red Lentil & Chickpea Stew with Cauliflower & Sweet Potato

For a legume-free recipe inspired by these same flavors, try my Butternut Squash Coconut Curry (it's Paleo-friendly and vegetarian/vegan). 

Favorite Curried Red Lentil & Chickpea Stew with Cauliflower & Sweet Potato

Published January 30, 2018 by
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Serves: 8   |    Total Time: 15 active minutes



Ingredients:

  • 2 cup dry red lentils
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil 
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3-4 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 green chile pepper, minced (serrano or jalapeño— serrano is the more mild option)
  • 2 cups diced sweet potatoes 
  • 1 14-ounce can chickpeas, strained 
  • 1 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon ground curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon whole black mustard seeds 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric 
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt & ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 3-4 cups vegetable broth 
  • Garnish: lime wedges & minced cilantro 

Directions:

  1. In the morning, place lentils in a soup pot and cover with water. Place a lid on the pot, and allow lentils to soak for 8-12 hours. Once ready to cook soup, pour lentils through a strainer, discarding the water. Set lentils aside for later use.
  2. Turn Instant Pot (affiliate link!) to “Sauté” setting and heat coconut oil until it glistens. Add minced ginger, garlic, and diced onion to pot, and sauté until fragrant.
  3. Add cauliflower, green chile, diced sweet potatoes, lentils, chickpeas, coconut milk, canned tomatoes, curry powder, cumin, mustard seeds, turmeric, salt & pepper to the pot and stir. Pour in enough broth to cover all the ingredients easily (there should be a about 1 inch of liquid over the top of the lentils), and then secure lid on Instant Pot. Turn to “Bean/Chili” setting, and set timer for 5 minutes with the vent in the sealed position.
  4. When timer goes off, release pressure and stir stew. Ladle into serving bowls and sprinkle with minced cilantro and a lime wedge.

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Instant Pot Butternut Squash Coconut Curry

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Coconut Curry

I am newly obsessed with this curry. I see piles of squash as I walk through the grocery store; I begin wondering how many bowls of curry I could make, and how many cans of coconut milk I should buy. 

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Coconut Curry

What's better is that my grocery list is short: I add cauliflower, carrots, and check my cupboard to ensure I have all of my typical spices on hand. Onions, garlic, and ginger are already sitting in the vegetable basket, as if they knew this was coming. 

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Coconut Curry

When it comes time to put everything together, I pull out the Instant Pot-- this stew is no waiting game, you just throw it in the Instant Pot and hit go (affiliate link!). I chop everything up, pour in the coconut milk and spices, and lock the lid. I take a shower, and next thing you know this curry is piping hot and ready to go. Does it get any better?

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Coconut Curry

Butternut Squash Coconut Curry

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Naturally sweet and nutty butternut squash meets bold and spicy curry to create this new-comfort dish.

Serves: 4   |    Total Time:



Ingredients:

  • 1 inch ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1 serrano chile
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 2-3 large carrots
  • 3 sprigs cilantro OR Thai basil, plus more for serving
  • 1 14-ounce can coconut milk
  • 2-3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1- 1/2 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • A few cracks each of salt & pepper

Directions:

  1. Dice the onion, ginger, garlic, and serrano chile. Then, roughly chop the carrots, and cut the cauliflower into small bite-sized florets. Peel and seed the squash, and chop that into bite-sized pieces as well. Add all of the vegetables to the pot.
  2. Add cilantro, coconut milk, vegetable broth, and spices to the pot. Secure pressure cooker lid, and set Instant Pot to Stew setting with the timer at 4 minutes.
  3. Once Instant Pot is done, release the pressure. Remove lid, and store curry. Serve in bowls and top with cilantro sprigs.

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