I’ve been making (and eating) primarily desserts lately, and I partly blame the extreme stress I’m under. As much as I’d like to, one can not live on tarts, cupcakes and cookies alone. Plus, my husband started complaining that I was “fattening him up” by baking too many tasty sweets.
Blah blah blah.
So, to appease my hungry husband and to keep our waistlines in check, I decided to make something different for dinner that is hearty and metabolism revving; spicy chicken curry!
The spice in this was, for lack of better words, BANANAS. The curry mixed with the crushed red pepper gave this stew a KA-POW element, but the lentils, crushed tomatoes, spinach and chicken evened out the spicey-ness. Plus, even better, the entire meal is gluten-free! I made it for my friend M who is allergic to wheat and she LOVED it.
Whether you are gluten-free or a carbivore, this dish will not disappoint. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a fresh cilatro sprig and you are all set!
GF Spicy Chicken Curry
What You’ll Need:
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 2 cups low-salt chicken broth
- 3/4 cup lentils (I used red)
- 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can (16 oz) of spinach, drained
- 1/2 cup diced carrot
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- Cilantro sprigs and dollop of sour cream (optional)
How to Make It:
- Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat until hot. Add onion, celery, and garlic; sauté 2 minutes.
- Add chicken; sauté 5 minutes or until browned. Add curry, cumin, and pepper; stir well to coat.
- Add broth, lentils, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add greens and carrot and simmer 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat, stir in chopped cilantro. Garnish with cilantro sprigs and sour cream!
Another good thing about this stew? You can serve it in trendy, Indian inspired bowls! I know, trend setter over here. You can get these fabulous bowls at Kohls for under $10, too!
This is definitely on my “must make again really soon because it’s really good and makes me feel skinny” list.
Nutritional information per 1 1/4 cup: 250 calories, 6 grams of fat, 34 grams of protein and 5.7 grams of fiber.