A few weeks ago, I shared my Japanese Beef Curry recipe and I mentioned how much the Japanese loves curry. There are also a variety of main ingredients that we use for curry and today I’d like to share a chicken curry recipe. Don’t worry, this curry will not going to take 4+ hours like my beef curry. Hopefully I did not discourage you from making curry dish with my previous beef curry post.
The actual cooking time for chicken curry is about 80-90 minutes. The most time consuming part is browning the chicken and caramelizing onion but it’s absolutely critical you spend time to do this. I believe this is one of the most important steps for a tasty curry. The weather has been amazing in the San Francisco area for the past few days, 72 and sunny, perfect spring/pre-summer weather. I don’t know if it’s a Japanese only thing but when it’s hot we want to eat something spicy like curry.
I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend. I haven’t spent Mother’s Day with my mom since I came to the US but I am always thinking of you Okaa-san (mom in Japanese). Happy Mother’s Day!
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- 5 Chicken thighs with skin and bone
- Fresh ground black pepper
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 5 cloves garlic, sliced
- 2 large onions
- ½+ cup chicken/vegetable broth
- Vegetable of your choice: carrots, potatoes, zucchini, etc
- ¼ cup sake
- 1 Tbsp. mirin
- 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
- ½ package of Japanese Curry Roux
- Green peas (optional)
- In a large skillet, heat olive oil on high heat. When it’s hot, brown the chicken on the skin side first. Do not crowd the pan (do in batches if necessary). Turn over the chicken and cook until browned. Transfer to a plate until the rest is done.
- Meanwhile in a large pot, heat olive oil on medium high heat and cook garlic until fragrant. Then add the onion and sauté. Stir once in a while until they are soft and nice golden brown (about 30 minutes).
- Add the chicken into the pot and add cooking sake and broth until it covers the chicken. After boiling, reduce heat to low and cook covered for 1 hour.
- Add vegetables of your choice and cook until they are soft.
- Pur curry roux in a ladle and slowly dissolve it in the soup. Mix gently without breaking the chicken or vegetable.
- Add mirin, soy sauce, and green peas and cook for 5 more minutes.
- Serve the curry with rice.