Friday, April 12, 2013

Vietnamese Chicken Curry or How to Catch a Husband


I'm so excited because I get to introduce my new daughter-in-law in this today's post! I've known Laurie for almost 5 years at church. For two of those years we worked on the same ladies' committee and we've been to each other's homes before there was any interest at all between her and my son. They worked together for over two years with the youth group, when suddenly they had frequent "planning meetings." I thought about why that might be, and decided I liked that idea very much!

Here's Laurie:

I love experimenting in the kitchen and any recipe that comes from a far off land piques my interest.  My recipe for Vietnamese Chicken Curry is extra special to me because it was the first meal I made for the man who would one day become my husband.  Thankfully, he enjoyed it because now he samples my experiments every night, sometimes they are not a success, but sometimes they are great!


Vietnamese Chicken Curry
1 ½ lb boneless skinless chicken, cut into 2 inch pieces
6-7 small red potatoes, cleaned and cut up into quarters
2 tsp of canola oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp minced, peeled fresh ginger (optional)
1 can light coconut milk
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 garlic cloves minced
1 tsp curry powder
1 Tbsp packed brown sugar
1 (14 ½ oz) can diced tomatoes
1 cup chicken broth


In a large skillet (large enough to eventually hold all the ingredients above), spray with non-stick spray, set over medium heat and cook the chicken until browned, 5-6 minutes. Remove from the skillet and put aside for later.

Next, heat the canola oil in the same skillet and cook the onions until they are soft, 5 minutes. Add the ginger, garlic, curry powder and brown sugar.  The ginger gives it a little kick, but I always left it out when I made this for my sisters and their sensitive taste buds. Stir your spices together with the onions for about a minute- by now, your kitchen should be smelling AMAZING! 

Now, add the chicken, potatoes, tomatoes and broth.  I usually add about a half a cup of extra broth because I like this curry soupy. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the chicken and potatoes are cooked through, approximately 15 minutes. 

Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the coconut milk and cilantro. 


I never make a smaller batch of this recipe, even if it’s just my husband and I eating it.  It makes great lunches for the rest of the week.  My co-workers are always jealous! 

For a printable version of this recipe click here.


Laurie is a naturalized American citizen, born in Zimbabwe. Her grandfather and great grandfather were missionaries in Africa and her parents stayed on until she was 8, when they immigrated to the states. She loves mentoring teenage girls and spending time with friends. On April 19 she and her husband will celebrate their 3 month anniversary.






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11 comments:

  1. Hi Laurie! I have an island man and I know he would love to try this. Sometimes I bake Curry Chicken, but this definitely looks like one that I should try. Visiting from the Inspir Spotlight Link Up by way of http://makeitorfixit.com. Stop by when you get a chance. Gonna follow to check out more of your recipes.

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  2. My husband is a soup lover. Especially if I bake bread to go with it. I've never made chicken curry--but I will!

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  3. I love any curry and that one sure looks good! Just stopping by from the Say it Saturday Linky Party. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. This recipe looks delicious. And congratulations and having a beautiful, caring, and talented daughter-in-law. Stopping by from the GRAND Social.

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    1. Thanks, Vicki1 both of my sons chose very well!

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  5. I'm always looking for a great curry recipe! I will give this one a try for sure!
    I'd love for you to share this on Much Ado About Monday!

    Karla
    www.huckleberrylove.com

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  6. This looks delicious. I just love curry and Vietnamese.

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  7. I've never had this. Sounds very yummy! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Party!

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  8. Yum! Anything that says Vietnamese in the title gets me interested. My father is Vietnamese and I love all the food he makes for me. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

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  9. Yummy! I need to make this for my husband! He loves curry, too!

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  10. Good meal and a good 'catch!' Thanks for linking up over at WholeHearted Home.

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