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Review: Caribbean Chicken

Posted 09-07-2014 at 06:26 PM by medic2midwife

I found this on Hillbilly Housewife after feeling uninspired in the last two weeks with my abundance of poultry. This one left me pretty happy, although I can't say if the kids liked it because they weren't hungry when I served dinner. I will say it is mild enough for children, super mild.

Piece of Cake Caribbean Chicken

1 bag Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) Chicken
1 large can of crushed Tomatoes
1-2 Medium Onions, chopped
1 Stick of Butter
1 can of Coconut Milk
Curry Powder

In a large pot add the stick of butter, chopped onions and chicken. Cook until chicken is cooked through and starting to brown. Add the can of crushed tomatoes and curry powder to taste.

Bring to a boil for 3-5 minutes and then simmer for 25 minutes. Add coconut milk just prior to serving.

Serve this over rice
Now, here is what I did.

Basically I did everything the same, I used some thawed chicken breasts I had in the fridge. I sliced them into generous pieces and cooked them slowly with the butter and onions. I added 1 can of low sodium diced tomatoes from my pantry and sprinkled curry to the level I wanted it. Curry is a very strong spice, so its easy to go overboard- too much and it tastes like chalk, too little and you've missed the point of adding it. I'd say I used about 1.5 tsp but were I making it for myself I would have added more curry, some masala, and some red pepper..... then again I always go straight to spice overload when I get a jar of curry in my hand.

In the end I added the coconut milk, I felt the whole can was too much. In the future I'd stick with 1/2 a can and let it simmer down so it develops a gravy. The milk muted the flavors too significantly.

You may want to add salt, I do not due to health concerns and felt this dish didn't need it but a less sensitive pallet may miss its presence in the dish.

We served with Basmati rice and I tossed some frozen peas into the chicken mix to add a veggie.

I made this with things I had in my pantry so it was a no cost dish for me. The coconut milk I purchased a long time ago on a sale but I'll break it down with some rough estimates.

Chicken breast $1.99/lb
1 can of diced tomatoes .99
1 can coconut milk 2.00
Rice (I buy a big bag at an Indian store for 10.99 so this comes out to pennies over time)
Curry (I buy curry the same way at the same store, pennies over time)
Onions 1.00

This dish made generous servings (too much actually for just me and my 3 kids). I'd say it would feed 5-6 comfortably.

This dish equals about $1.00 per serving.

Overall, I really liked it- but when I make it again I will be significantly altering the original recipe. Its a good option in a pinch and mild enough for anyone!
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