Chicken Curry With Greek Yogurt

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Some days call for quick dinners. The day has been long and your body feels like a hunk of inertia and you can't bring yourself to a restaurant. Why not whip out a quick dinner? Quick dinner doesn't have to lack culliary finesse, just because it's quick and easy. It doesn't have to sacrifice nutritional value either as will be the case if you opt to buy a couple of hamburgers at the drive-through. This quick dinner is appetizing, fully decked with nutrition and totally easy to prepare. We're talking chicken curry with greek yogurt--a weird combination of sorts but the result is a totally satisfactory mix of spice and healthy protein-packed meal that's sure to please.

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Health Benefits of Curry

Eating curry has many health perks. Various studies and research reveal that turmeric, a main ingredient of curry has various therapeutic and medicinal properties:

  • In a study reported in Arthritis and Rheumatism, prelimary tests done on rats suggest that turmeric may prevent joint swelling associated with arthritis.
  • According to studies done by Gregory Cole, a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, curry contains powerful substances that may protect against Alzeheimer's disease. That may explain why people in India (they consume an average of 100 to 200 milligrams of curry powder every day) have four times less cases of Alzheimer's.
  • Epidemiology (population-based) studies in humans linked frequent use of turmeric to lower rates of breast, prostate and colon cancer.
  • In a study done on 1,000 older men in Singapore, the result showed that men who eat lots of curry powder did better on a memory test than those who rarely eat the spice.

Although all of these findings are promising, these studies are by no means conclusive.



Since this dinner is meant to be quick and by that I mean no more than half an hour tops, I chose a ready-to-make spice mix. It is more of an Indian-inspired curry, with Pakistani origin, made by Shan. They make a variety of spice mix and I've used a variety of them from seasoning for fish to beef biyani and they are very handy for those "less is more" quick fixes. Curry is a combinaton of spices and the ingredients vary, often informed by cultures and locations since ingredients are often plucked from the local offerings. Curry packs lots of flavors, thanks to the number of spices found in any given type of curry. This particular brand has the following spices:

  • Red Chili
  • Papain
  • Turmeric
  • Star Anise
  • Coriander
  • Cinnamon
  • Cumin
  • Brown and Green Cardamon
  • Carom seeds
  • Black Pepper
  • Mace
  • Fenugreek Seed
  • Bay Leaf
  • Clove
  • Ginger
  • Citric Acid
  • Garlic
  • Salt

See how many spices go into this particular spice mix? Imagine having to gather all these spices just to make dinner? No, I can't--I'm just glad this spice mix exists to make my life easier. For a more traditional type of curry, you can substitute curry powder for the spice mix and use coconut milk instead of yogurt.

Curry Powder: A Blend of Spices

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 2 to 3 servings
Greek yogurt is thicker and has more protein than regular yogurt.
Greek yogurt is thicker and has more protein than regular yogurt. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 piece or 3 oz chicken breast, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 thumb of ginger, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup spice mix
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 cups fresh diced tomatoes
Simmering brings out the flavors.
Simmering brings out the flavors. | Source

Instructions:

  1. Coat pan with grapeseed oil or any oil of choice.
  2. Add chopped garlic, ginger and sliced onion.
  3. Sautee until fragrant and slightly brown.
  4. Add sliced chicken, followed by spice mix.
  5. Mix well and add half a cup of water.
  6. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Add diced tomatoes and greek yogurt.
  8. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until tomatoes are soft and flavors come together.

1 chicken breast, boneless and skinless

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 chicken breast
Calories 130
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 2 g
Carbohydrates 0 g
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 27 g54%
Cholesterol 68 mg23%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
You can make bismati rice plain or flavor it with spices, nuts, raisins and fresh herbs.
You can make bismati rice plain or flavor it with spices, nuts, raisins and fresh herbs. | Source
Naan, is quite like pizza. You can top Naan with fresh herbs and seasonings.
Naan, is quite like pizza. You can top Naan with fresh herbs and seasonings. | Source
The flakier cousin of Naan, roti prata is often eaten as a breakfast food in Singapore.
The flakier cousin of Naan, roti prata is often eaten as a breakfast food in Singapore. | Source

What You Can Eat Chicken Curry With?

All ready to enjoy the curry? Here are some suggestions:

  • Bismatic Rice

This is the rice of choice for most people from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan since the rice is grown primarily in these regions. Long-grain, fragrant and less sticky than regular rice, bismatic pairs well with all kinds of curry. The brown variety is also available.

  • Naan

The gravy of curry makes it ideal for dipping bread. Naan comes to mind and if you frequent Indian restaurants, you're most assuredly served some forms of Naan. If not, you can always order a side of it. It is a delicious flatbread, baked until lightly toasted. They can come plain or in different flavors. Tear off a hunk and dip in the sauce--it's like a slice of indulgence. If you prefer, there is also wheat Naan.

  • Paratha

I call it rota prata, the name known in Singapore. For me, the distinction between Naan and prata is the texture. While Naan is more akin to bread, prata is quite flaky and has many layers. It acts like a sponge, soaking up the sauce and that makes it ideal for dipping into curries. You can buy paratha at Trader Joes or any Asian market. They come frozen and all you have to do is heat it up in the skillet, no oil needed.

Enjoy your meal and now, what are you going to do with all that extra time you saved? Dessert, anyone?

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

Paratha and naan are new to me but could probably be found in a specialty grocery. Your recipe sounds good and looks delicious. Thanks for sharing it.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Oh Angeline, you have made me so hungry now.

It's amazing to know the amount of spices in one brand of curry - so handy. There are so many things I have learnt here and would like to try them out because many times I visit a Chinese Restaurant which has about 15 dishes on display and you take a container and choose what you want and put it in the container. lol.

Your Hub will help me save money and prepare it nice and fresh. Thanks.


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SandyMcCollum 4 years ago

I agree, I had no idea the number of spices that make up curry. The recipes look delicious, thanks for sharing them.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I have seen naan in the grocery store and it does look really good. I love chicken curry and will have to try ths soon. Good recipe and thanks for sharing.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Pamela, thanks for being the first to comment. You can find both Naan and paratha at Trader Joes or any Asian marktet.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Lady E, haha on your food dilemna at the Chinese restaurant. Yes, you can save quite a bit making simple dishes like these. Thanks for dropping by to comment.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Sandy, yes, it's quite amazing when you think of how many spices there are in curry--that's why it's so good for us. Thanks for your comments.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

cgfacevedo, thanks for dropping by to comment. Have fun cooking and let me know how it turns out.


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Shelly McRae 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

This sound delicious. Thanks for sharing this, anglnwu.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, teaches12345, glad you stopped by to comment. Give Naan a try--you'll love it.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi anginwu, this sounds a delicious curry recipe and I love naan bread! Many thanks!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love chicken curry and I love your recipe. It sound delicious just looking at the pictures above. There's something make me curious about Naan and Paratha. Maybe I can find this on Indian restaurant. As usual, I'll show this hub to my mom. Good job, my friend. Rated up (useful, awesome and interesting). Take care and enjoy your day!

Prasetio


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

Very nice recipe and video. Can you please move here to Sacramento? I just want to invite myself to your house all the time and enjoy your food. That's not too much to ask for, is it? hehehe


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I love curry! And I love the idea of curry with yogurt! You made my mouth water!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, Shelley, for your comments.

cgfacevedo, good luck in the kitchen. Enjoy!

Movie Master, I love naan too. Thanks for your comments.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Prasetio, thanks for your positive comments and thanks for sharing this with your mom. I'm sure you can find at least paratha in Indonesia--it's called roti prata in Singapore.

Om, I was going to say the same thing. You should consider relocating to sunny, "never-a-bad-day" San Diego. I'll be over at your house, invited or not as I know there are bound to be good treats at your house. BTW, congrats on your Zen garden win.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Oh yes--this sounds wonderful! Thanks for the teaching about the spices and the sauces, too. I'm looking forward to checking out more of your recipes!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Audrey, that makes two of us--I love curry too. Thanks for your comments.

Rtalloni, good to see you here. Thanks for your vote of confidence.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Hi Anglnwu! Thanks for sharing this delicious looking recipe! I love curry! Voted up!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, Dexter, appreciate your comments.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

I love curry and this recipe will be one I will be trying soon. Thanks for sharing. I also liked how you added the health benefits of curry. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful/interesting.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Good to see you here, Denise. Glad you like curry--me too. Thanks for commenting.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I love naan spices and keep them in the pantry. You certainly don't have to sacrifice flavor when using them. I also happen to have Greek yogurt in the fridge, so I plan to try this over the weekend. It's always great to have a quick recipe on hand, thank you anglnwu!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, vespawoolf, for dropping by to comment. Let me know how yours turn out.


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Oooh this is making me hungry. I love curry! And would love to learn how to cook this. Thanks for sharing your recipe! :)


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Ripplemaker, thanks for dropping by to comment. Enjoy your curry!


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KevinMillican 4 years ago from Stilwell, OK

My nephew has been wanting me to learn how to make curry, and now you've "showed" me how! I like that you use grape seed oil in your ingredients, because I use that myself in some dishes (and in my variation of Italian Salad Dressing) because it is a very good source of Vitamin E. Thank you very much for this hub!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Kevin, looks like you're quite a cook--everyone is waiting on you to cook them something. Curry is very easy to make and they are delicious as well. I use grapessed in sald dressing too. Thanks for commenting.


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

I love the chicken curry at a local indian restaurant. I bet I would love this also. I must try!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, Angela. Yes, give it a try.


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jojokaya 4 years ago from USA

I love chicken curry but mostly coconut milk based curry.

Rated up . Great recipe


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

I love this dish! Now I can make it myself ... yay! Thank you!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Jojokaya, I use a lot of coconut milk in curries as well but certain Indian curries actually taste good with yogurt. Thanks for commenting.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Yay, Angela, you made it. Glad you liked it. I love it too. Thanks for checking back.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

This sounds truly delicious! Will have to make it soon and find some Parantha to go with it. I am not familiar with parantha but I love experimenting with new things. Will put it on my shopping list! Voted interesting, useful and SHARING. Thanks!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Hi Peggy, good to hear from you. You can find paratha at Trader's Joes or an Asian market. It's very yummy. Thanks for voting it up and sharing.


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Michelle Keiper 4 years ago

Great recipe for my Glammorgrammy facebook where I give free recipes and tips. I love the whole hub. I aspire to be more like you.


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PenHitsTheFan 4 years ago from Home

I've used coconut milk in curries but I've not used yogurt. I like the idea of greek yogurt though and I bet it would control the heat of a curry.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Michelle, thanks for your sweet comments. Glad you find it useful.

PenHistTheFan, yes, i use coconut milk most of the time too. But for some Indian curries, yogurt seems to make a better choice. Also, agreed, it takes the heat off a little. Thanks reading and commenting.


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M K Paul 4 years ago from India

I think you'll help me lot to write a perfect hub.Very nice hub.Voted up


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

MKPaul, thanks for your vote of confidence and vote up.


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia

Curried chicken is wonderful. I've never put yogurt in mine. I think what I make is closer to the island flavoring. I will try it with yogurt and compare the flavors. I know I'll like it either way, but change is good. Thanks for giving us this recipe.


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anglnwu 3 years ago Author

Cyndi, you don't have to put yogurt if you prefer not to. Coconut milk is standard for South-east Asian curries. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

You have whetted up my appetite with these delicious pictures. Thanks fro sharing this beautiful recipe. By the way, rota prata is called laccha parantha in India. It is indeed like long flakes of soft bread that almost melts in the mouth.

Voted up and awesome.


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anglnwu 3 years ago Author

rajan jolly, always good to hear from the health guru. I love roti prata or any Indian good. Thanks for reading.


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FatBoyThin 17 months ago from Kinneff, Scotland

I'm sometimes put off by the number of different ingredients needed for curries - this recipe sound just what I need! Great Hub.


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anglnwu 17 months ago Author

Fatboythin, yes, we don't want to fuss over food. Get a good curry powder and half the problems is solved. Curry powder is very versatile and you can use it in many ways. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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