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Weekday Meals That Save You Money and Time: Chicken Curry

Updated on May 6, 2013

When you get home from a long day at work or school, the last thing you want to do is cook. Going out for dinner, though, is a bad idea for a number of reasons. The easy recipes here will save you time and money using that old standby, the crockpot.


We still have the old style tall slow cooker. Today's cookers are shorter and more oval, allowing them to more easily hold a roast or whole chicken.
We still have the old style tall slow cooker. Today's cookers are shorter and more oval, allowing them to more easily hold a roast or whole chicken. | Source

Eating out is not a good idea

First, eating out is expensive. In these tough economic times, do you really want to fork over your hard-earned dough for a meal that you could make at home for a fraction of the cost?

Second, even if you choose a restaurant that isn’t a fast-food joint, you still may not get a healthy meal. If you eat organic produce, the salad you pick from Applebee’s may not be made of pesticide-free veggies. Cooking at home gives you more control over what goes into your meal.

Third, in the time you drive to a restaurant, order your meal and eat it, you could have made and eaten a simple dinner at home.

There is a simple solution to your dinnertime dilemma if you have a crock pot. Throw the right ingredients into one of these slow-cookers and you can return home to a dinner that’s ready to be dished up in no more time than it takes to cook a pot of rice. It can save precious time in the evening and money in the long run.

Two easy one-pot meals -- Chicken Curry and Dallas Pork -- are family favorites that can be assembled quickly with just a few ingredients. Dinner will be ready almost as soon as you walk in the door.


Cast your vote for Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry

This Chicken Curry recipe is one my husband adapted from the booklet that came with his first Rival crock pot when he bought it years ago. As a bachelor in the Navy, he sometimes entertained his fellow officers, serving them this curry with fresh-baked rolls and a simple salad. The condiments for the curry can do double duty as toppings for the salad.This chicken curry recipe can be easily doubled or tripled; serving it with the rolls and salad stretches this meal even further.

Warning: if you aren’t familiar with curry, as I wasn’t when my husband first made this for me, you’ll be surprised to see that the sauce is green. Never fear, this is absolutely delicious!

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 4 hours 30 min
  • Ready in: 4 hours 40 min
  • Yields: serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 5.5-6 oz. cans chicken
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 T curry powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion, (optional)
  • 1 cup sour cream
Chicken, cream of chicken soup, onions and curry powder in the crock pot ready to simmer for several hours. Sour cream is added the last 30 minutes.
Chicken, cream of chicken soup, onions and curry powder in the crock pot ready to simmer for several hours. Sour cream is added the last 30 minutes. | Source
Condiments for curry can be sweet, salty, crunchy, tangy....whatever strikes your fancy.
Condiments for curry can be sweet, salty, crunchy, tangy....whatever strikes your fancy. | Source
Sitting down to eat. Curry with condiments on top -- yummy!
Sitting down to eat. Curry with condiments on top -- yummy! | Source

Instructions

  1. Open the cans of chicken. Drain one of them and discard the liquid. Put both cans of chicken, including the liquid from one of them, into the crock pot.
  2. Add the cream of chicken soup, curry powder and onion (if using) into the crock pot. Turn the pot to high for 4 hours.
  3. About 30 minutes before serving, add the sour cream.

Serve over hot rice with any of the following condiments:

Hard-cooked eggs, chopped

Chutney

Raisins

Bacon bits

Chopped celery

Chopped onion

Chopped nuts

This list is limited only by your imagination and can be adjusted to suit your personal tastes.The idea is to have a variety of textures (soft egg, crunchy celery) and tastes (sweet raisins with strong onions).

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Saving you time and money

The next time you're trying to figure out what to have for dinner the next day, pull your trusty crock pot out from the back of the cupboard, dust it off and try one of these recipes. You'll save money, time and hassle when you do.

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    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Yum! I love curry and I don't think I've tried this recipe yet. Thanks. They look good. I recognize that crockpot-I think we had one like that as well.

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      They are family faves and definitely worth trying if nothing else then for the time factor

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      A great hub and one to bookmark plus up/useful.

      I now look forward to reding more of your work.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Thank you Eiddwen, I appreciate you taking the time to read my hub. I hope you'll give the recipes a try.

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Great concepts to remember about meals, and thanks for reminding me to use the Crock Pot!

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks for stopping by RTalloni. The crock pot is definitely a time saver when it comes to weekday meals. Another useful small appliance is a rice cooker - you don't have to keep an eye on it like you do a pot on the stove.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      I've never done crock pot cooking. I do use a rice cooker occasionally but most of my meals are made on the hob

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      Cashmere, thanks for reading my hub. I have to confess I had to google "hob" because I had not heard that before.

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      fashion 5 years ago

      Great hub.The crock pot is surely a time saver when it comes to weekday meals.Well done

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks fashion! Yes, they're definitely time-savers during the week when we come home late from work and are too tired to do much cooking.

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      jwhitman 5 years ago from Albany, New York

      My husband will love the Dallas Pork! I've made pulled pork in my crock pot but have never thought of serving it in a tortilla- he'll really like that! I'm bookmarking = )

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks for reading jwhitman and thanks for bookmarking!

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