Curried Chicken and Peanut Stew
photo by Queen Dana
- Ready In:
- 1hr 35mins
- 24 ounces bone-in skinless chicken breasts
- 1⁄3 cup minced shallot
- 1 cup diced carrot
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 12 ounces beer (we like Pyramid Apricot Ale)
- 4 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
- 2 whole bay leaves
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 medium anaheim chilies, seeded/chopped or (4 ounce) can mild green chilies
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1⁄4 cup peanut butter, mixed with
- 1⁄2 cup hot water
- 4 cups chicken stock or 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon sugar or 1 teaspoon Splenda sugar substitute (optional)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
- In a large non-stick saute pan, sear chicken breasts on each side for 1 minute; set aside.
- In the same pan, saute shallot, celery and carrot in 2t oil on low for about 5 minutes or until softened.
- Sprinkle with curry powder; mix well.
- Slowly add beer and stir as curry begins to thicken.
- Remove from heat and set aside.
- In a 8qt stockpot, saute garlic in remaining 1t olive oil over med heat for 1 minute.
- Add chicken, bay leaves& tomatoes; cover& simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add curry mixture to the chicken and tomatoes, along with the chile pepper, parsley, and peanut butter/water.
- When all is well combined, add stock and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
- Remove bay leaves.
- Remove chicken breasts, cool (enough so that it can be easily removed from the bone) and dice the meat.
- Return chicken to stockpot.
- If desired, add sugar and cilantro.
- Taste, adjust seasonings, and serve.
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Made this a few weeks ago and plan on making it again this week. I WAY over peppered it. I added a few dried thai chiles and it didn't seem hot enough, so added some more hot chile powder. At some point I should have stopped. It was SO HOT, but we ate it anyway and it was delicious! I went to but the beer and could not remember what kind and I ended up with a belgian ale. It worked really well! I omitted the sugar and the cilantro. Can't wait to have it again. :)