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    Chicken in a Fried Onion Sauce

    Chicken in a Fried Onion Sauce. Photo by Sandi (From CA)

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    1 hr 10 mins

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    Sandi (From CA)'s Note:

    We loved this recipe! So much flavor without being overly heavy like some curries. Recipe courtesy "Madhur Jaffrey Indian Cooking".

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    1. 1
      Cut the chicken into large pieces. If you must use chicken breasts, cut them into 4-6 pieces. Just keep in mind that by using breasts, you're reducing both the fat content (yay!) AND the flavor (boo) and the result will be slightly drier chicken.
    2. 2
      Chop half of the onions coarsely. Cut the remaining onions into halves, lengthwise, and then crosswise into very thin slices.
    3. 3
      Put the chopped onions, ginger and garlic into the container of an electric blender. Blend to a paste.
    4. 4
      Put the oil in a large, wide sauté pan or a large, deep frying pan (nonstick) and set over medium heat. When hot, put in the sliced, onions. Stir and fry the onions until they are a deep, reddish brown color. Remove the onions with a slotted spoon, squeezing out and leaving behind as much of the oil as possible. Put on a plate and set aside.
    5. 5
      Take the pan off the heat. Put in the paste (keep face averted). Put the pan back onto the heat. Stir and fry the paste until it is brown, about 3-4 minutes. Now put in the ground coriander, cumin, turmeric and cayenne and stir once. Put in 1 Tbsp of the yogurt. Stir for about 30 seconds or until it is incorporated in the sauce. Add all the yogurt this way. Add the chicken pieces and stir them around for a minute.
    6. 6
      Pour in the water, add the tomatoes and salt. Stir to mix and bring to a simmer. Cover, turn heat to low, and cook for 20 minutes. Sprinkle in the garam masala and the fried onions. Mix. Cook, uncovered, on medium heat for 7-8 minutes or until the sauce reduces and thickens.
    7. 7
      Skim off the fat and put the chicken in a warm serving dish. Sprinkle the cilantro or parsley over the top. Nom!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 16, 2012


      Every time I try a curry recipe, I am sure I'm not going to like it. You proved me wrong yet again! I realized too late that I didn't have tomatoes on hand, so I added some tomato paste instead. The fried onions provided the perfect amount of sweetness. This is a keeper, thank you!

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    Nutritional Facts for Chicken in a Fried Onion Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (330 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 444.1
    Calories from Fat 262
    Total Fat 29.1 g
    Saturated Fat 2.9 g
    Cholesterol 86.5 mg
    Sodium 1285.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 16.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.4 g
    Sugars 7.5 g
    Protein 29.7 g

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