Do you have a food you really, deep down *WISHED* you liked? I do. Indian food. I’ve tried it several times. I’ve tried different things at different places – I just can’t stomach it. But it’s just so darn glamorous! Like really, only the cool, hip, and trendy people go to Handi or India Palace for dinner. Unfortunately, I don’t drink Diet Coke, wear bug-eye sunglasses, or like Indian food.
I know, I know. You are all confused now. ‘But Lindsay- I thought this was a blog about the things you LIKED, not the things you don’t like!’ Hold on to your shorts.
My sweet lovey, Josh, on the other hand, really likes Indian food. He’s one of the cool, hip, and trendy people in the world. He also drinks Diet Coke… yes, I just admitted that my husband is cooler than me. It’s true.
I don’t like Indian food, but I do like to cook. And I especially like to cook special things I know special people like. (see- I told you we were getting to the point of this…) So a few weeks ago, I made Chicken Vindaloo and Garlic Naan. My house smelled AMAZING. All those spices- even the weird ones (cardamom, really?)- just sort’ve blend together to make this really warm, spicy, delightful kitchen smell. Ahhhh. And the good news is- Josh said he liked it a lot. So, I’ll probably make it again. With a side of grilled cheese for me. 🙂
Indian chicken in the crock pot is super-duper easy to make. You just throw it in there, turn it on, walk away, come home to a really yummy smelling house, and it’s ready! This particular recipe only has to cook for 5 hours, so unless you work part time, this might be better for weekend meals when you’re not gone from the house as long. And the original recipe I used called for tons of other things and said to layer in a certain way. We left a lot out and decided it would have been better all mixed together. So I ended up making my own mixture of spices and therefore a new recipe! Something about paying $13 for a tiny TINY bit of cardamom… couldn’t do it. And if you don’t have all these spices, don’t go out and buy any. Except maybe the curry- you sort’ve have to have that for an Indian dish.
- 2 c. fresh green beans
- 1 lb chicken breasts
- 1 onion, diced
- 6 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp ground ginger
- a few pinches of cinnamon
- 2 c. tomato sauce
- 1 1/2 tbsp curry powder
- 2 tbsp ground cumin
- 2 tbsp ground mustard
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp kosher salt
Put green beans, chicken, onion, garlic, ginger, and cinnamon in the crock pot. In a separate bowl, combine tomato sauce and all other spices and mix well. Pour that sauce in crock pot over chicken. Give it a good stir around. Cover and cook on low 5 hours.
Serve with garlic naan (I’ll post that later- it was SOO good!) and enjoy!
Josh likes indian chicken and I like cooking for him.