The broth and chicken for this dish are cooked a day ahead and refrigerated to make it easier to skim off the fat. You can substitute a rotisserie chicken and canned broth (4 1/2 cups). We recommend making the curry powder from scratch; it's crucial to the flavor.

Recipe by Cooking Light April 1999


Recipe Summary

8 servings (serving size: 1 cup chicken mixture, 3/4 cup rice, and 1 tablespoon almonds)


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  • To prepare chicken, combine first 9 ingredients in a stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 1 hour. Remove from heat. Remove chicken from broth; place chicken in a bowl, and chill 15 minutes. Remove skin from chicken; remove chicken from bones, discarding skin and bones. Shred chicken with two forks; cover and chill. Strain broth through a sieve into a large bowl; discard solids. Cover and chill broth overnight. Skim solidified fat from surface; discard. Reserve 4 1/2 cups broth. Refrigerate remaining broth for another use.

  • To prepare curry powder, cook coriander and cumin seeds in a small skillet over medium heat 3 minutes or until toasted. Place seeds, red pepper, and next 6 ingredients (red pepper through bay leaf) in a spice or coffee grinder; process until finely ground.

  • Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic; sauté 10 minutes. Combine curry powder and tomatoes in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Add tomato mixture and 1 1/2 cups reserved broth to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in chicken and currants; cook until thoroughly heated.

  • Bring 3 cups reserved broth and salt to a boil in a saucepan. Add rice. Cover; reduce heat. Simmer 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; fluff with a fork. Serve chicken mixture over rice; sprinkle with almonds.

  • NOTE: Store leftover broth in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

386 calories; calories from fat 24%; fat 10.5g; saturated fat 2g; mono fat 5.2g; poly fat 2.2g; protein 24.8g; carbohydrates 49.2g; fiber 4.2g; cholesterol 57mg; iron 4.5mg; sodium 371mg; calcium 91mg.