2.11.11

Recipe: "Sauce Chicken" (aka Chicken Stew with Curry Sauce)



This is a pretty basic recipe.  Essentially a Chicken Stew with a Curry Sauce.


Our daughter believes she invented it, hence the name she coined it: "Sauce Chicken", which I'm sure helps in her loving it.  Appearance has made some kid-guests a bit leery, but it really does taste good.



The Ingredients:

2 - 3 Chicken Breast (other boneless cuts would work)
1 Jar Butter Chicken or Korma Sauce (we like PC Blue Menu)
1 can Chick Peas ("no-salt" is available, if not rinse the salt off)
1 Pepper in whatever colour your kids will like
1 Onion (or onion powder if onions are a no-go at your table)
1 cup (approx.) of Frozen Peas
Other veggies (Fresh/Frozen): Carrots, Sweet Potato, Cubed Potato, Cauliflower
Serve with Couscous, Basmati Rice, Naan or Pita


The Steps:
1.  Chop and brown Chicken.

2.  Prepare your veggies.  We chop the peppers coarsely for easy picking out for one picky eater. We mince the onion crazy-small so that neither eater would ID it.  It totally works too.  (Our kids like onion taste, not onion texture.  We're working on it.)

3.  Add veggies.



4.  Drain and Stir in Chick Peas (Parent Tip: Calling Chick Peas 'Garbanzo Beans' has increase acceptance of them in our meals.  If Zoboomafoo eats them, they must be good)



5.  Stir in the Sauce.  (This meal makes a lot of food - we typically get a meal for 4, plus 2 or 3 adult sized lunch servings out of it.  Max out the sauce by scraping out the jar and then do a light rinse/shake with a bit of water for the last little bit.  This will allow you to serve over Rice/Couscous without losing taste.)


 6.  Simmer for 10 - 15 mins.  If you are making Couscous (like we did here) now is a great time to do it.  (If you are making rice, time travel back to step 2 and put it on to boil while the veggies are softening.  Aren't you glad you pre-read all the steps?)


7.  Stir in the frozen peas.  (At this point, I turn the stove off (or very low) to take the temperature down a bit, so the kids can eat it as soon as it gets put in front of them.  They like this meal a lot and are not super-patient about hot food.)


Make-ahead tip:  If you don't want to be eating it all week, it freezes well too - we put a bed of rice in a 3-4 serving size container, layer on the sauce chicken and pop it in the freezer.  Thaw overnight.
Total prep time - about 30 minutes.



Frugal Bugle: 
Most ingredients can be had in-season/on sale.  Costly things like the chicken and Butter Chicken Sauce can be frozen or kept in the pantry till needed, so stock up when the sales come.  The value in this meal is that the '4 servings' the Sauce gives you becomes 6-8 servings when veggies and legumes are added.  



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This recipe is one of the meals on our Meal Plan Master List.  Check it out here.



2 comments:

  1. Love this- we just discovered butter chicken (not sure how we've missed this for so long)
    We like different curries in our house. Japanese is pretty hardy- kind of a beef stew with curry flavour. And my daughter loves Indian food- for a skinny-minny she sure gives the all-you-can-eat buffet lunch at the Indian restaurant a run for their money.
    As for kids and veggies, if your kids like this dish, no need to worry about whether they like chunky onions, you're already doing well. We do the same for our kids, they love the taste not the crunch. My son doesn't like the ethnic food, like his sister, but still loves this kinda thing- he eats nearly any veggie raw and most cooked. While my daughter is the one who picks out the peppers, she loves all ethnic foods and loves olives, pickles or chickpeas with a sprinkle of cumin as a snack.
    Tastes needs to develop and we use a one bite rule- everyone needs to at least try a bite before they can say they don't like something. The key for kids is to keep offering and not giving them a pass. Lots of variety makes your kids adventurous and they're sometimes surprised at how much they love something they were hesitant to try.
    No customization in our house- I don't want to be a short order cook so they eat what I've made or they make it up with something that I approve of as a substitute- no toast or cereal in place of a meal. They are pretty good eaters and we eat as a family this way.
    I love that your daughter thinks she invented it- kids in the kitchen teaches them an essential life skill and like you mention they often enjoy it more if they contributed.
    I'm enjoying your recipes & kitchen tips!

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    1. Glad you're enjoying our recipes & tips! We are not fancy by any means, but are capable cooks with a small window of time to put dinner on the table - which is the kind of time most people have, no?

      I had a laugh at your description of your son and daughter's approach to veggies - they are a mirror image of our two! Kids get more adventurous as they grow - which is so important to keep in mind for parents. Repeated exposures to foods are key to getting kids to accept more variety.

      Thanks for your comment! So thoughtful and full of great tips! :) Robin

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