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Mid-Week Chicken Curry (kid-friendly)

This curry can be made with any veg - sweet potato, green beans, aubergine, cauliflower or broccoli and any pulse such as red lentil or chickpeas. It's a hearty mid-weeker with potential for a next-day hot packed lunch into the bargain. Enjoy with a dollop of Greek yoghurt, some brown Basmati rice, maybe a paratha or naan bread from the freezer and a lovely sprig of fragrant fresh coriander. It's a great entry curry for kids who potentially like spice

Serves 3


300g chicken meat - breast or leg, increase weight if it's on the bone (eg chicken thighs), sliced

2 handfuls of fresh veg - sweet potato, cauliflower, green beans, aubergine etc

1 onion, diced

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1 thumb of fresh ginger, peeled & roughly chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 thumb fresh turmeric root, peeled & roughly chopped, or 1 tsp of turmeric powder

1 fresh chilli, seeds removed, chopped

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1- 2 tsps curry powder of choice

1/2 cup of red lentils or 1/2 - 1 can of chickpeas

1 carton or tin of chopped tomatoes

1 litre hot chicken or vegetable stock

1/2 tsp salt

3 handfuls of fresh coriander, chopped

additional water if necessary..


- Put the chopped onion, chilli, garlic, turmeric in a blender with a splash of water and blitz to a rough paste

- Warm some oil in a wide pan and add the cumin seeds. Heat til they pop.

- Gently add the onion and chilli paste; keep the heat relatively low and stir continuously

- Add the chicken slices and a dash of water

- Add the curry powder and stir. Cook for at least 5 minutes.

- Add the chopped tomatoes and stir. Cook for another 5 mins.

- Wash the lentils or rinse the chickpeas, add & stir

- Add the hot stock

- Add the salt and stir again

- Simmer for 30 mins, checking it's not catching on the bottom

Finally add 2 of the handfuls of fresh coriander, reserving one to garnish ;-)

You can leave this curry overnight to gather flavour. It freezes well too. Try it in portions for individual packed lunches. It's hearty, simple and delicious ;-).

I really hope you enjoy this delicious, simple fare xx

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