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Southern Indian Chicken Curry

Real Simple JULY 2005

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings
  • Prep time: 40 Minutes
  • Other: 20 Minutes


  • 4 tablespoons corn oil
  • 2 medium red onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 small jalapeños, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
  • 1 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 ripe yellow peaches, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt (optional)
  • Indian flat bread or pitas (optional)


Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the onions in skillet and cook for 5 minutes. Add the jalapeños, garlic, ginger, and 4 tablespoons of the lemon juice and cook for 5 minutes more. Transfer the mixture to a plate. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to skillet and raise heat to medium-high. Add the chicken and stir-fry until golden, about 8 minutes. Add the cayenne, coriander, cumin, mustard seeds, and salt and stir-fry for 2 minutes more. Add the peaches, onion mixture, and 1/2 cup water and simmer for 8 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer gently for 2 minutes. Taste and add the remaining lemon juice, if necessary. Serve with the yogurt, flat bread, or both, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 50.16mg
  • Calories: 444.45
  • Calories from fat: 49%
  • Carbohydrate: 14.08g
  • Cholesterol: 109.64mg
  • Fat: 24.66g
  • Fiber: 2.44g
  • Iron: 2.73mg
  • Protein: 41.99mg
  • Saturated fat: 8.44g
  • Sodium: 382.04mg

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