This is the only recipe for Country Captain I've ever been truly happy with.It's for the slow-cooker, but there is more prep time to it than usual crockpot recipes. If you wish to make this, though, please don't skip any steps, as the subtle flavors combine to be so good. I adapted this from Cook's Country Magazine, (April, 2006). The dish has it's roots in India, and was carried to the Southern U.S. by British ship captains who sailed the spice routes in the 1700's. This is the way I made it, to my family's delight...and mine! I used my own Mango Chutney Laurel's Mango Chutney because I think it's better than Major Grey's, but you can substitute Major Grey's in a pinch. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
- 8 chicken thighs, excess fat trimmed, with bone and skin
- salt & pepper (I use Johnny's) or your favorite seasoning (I use Johnny's)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 onions, chopped coarse
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped coarse
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can chicken broth
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 12 ounces mango chutney, Laurel's Mango Chutney OR
- 2 (9 ounce) jarsbottled chutney, such as Major Grey's Cutney, large pieces of mango snipped
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons Madras curry powder
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne (to taste)
- shredded coconut (for garnish)
- toasted sliced almonds (for garnish)
- Heat oil in large skillet, season chicken and brown on both sides, about 10 minutes. Remove chicken to platter, let cool a bit, remove and discard skin. Put chicken in crockpot.
- Pour off all but 1 Tablespoon fat and cook onions and bell pepper with about 1/2 teaspoon salt until somewhat tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add broth, tomatoes and tomato paste and scrape up browned bits and cook and stir until slightly thickened and smooth, only about 3 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add chutney, garlic, curry powder, thyme, paprika and cayenne.
- Pour this mixture over chicken in crockpot.
- Cover and cook on low 5 hours.
- Stir before serving over white rice.
- Add coconut and sliced almonds on top. This is necessary for the most authentic taste of Country Captain!
I feel the cook time of 120 hours as posted above may be a bit excessive as I found I kept having to add liquid throughout the cooking process. Also, my slow cooker can only be programmed for up to 8 hours, so I found it a little inconvenient to have to reset it so often. After it was finished cooking, the chicken had taken on an almost powdery/pasty quality, so I can only give this recipe 4 stars. I will try adding more chicken broth next time.
This was SOOOO delicious - the flavors come together so well! I was a little wary of the curry powder, but everything blended together, and the taste was incredible. Leftovers were even better the next day! Made for ZWT8.
Wow! Where is the 10 star button when you need it! This was the hit of my family's tour of India. Everyone agreed it was the best dish at the table and we wanted to make it again - soon! Made it with Laurel's Mango Chutney. Another wow. Sorry - I didn't realize the only picture I took of it was on the Thali plate, and it is gone. Thanks so much ChefPotPie!! Made for ZWT8 trip to India.