Slow Cooked Curried Chicken with Cauliflower

An easy one pot meal….

I love crock pot recipes.  There is nothing better than coming home exhausted to a fully cooked, ready to serve dinner.  They only thing to be done is to open a bottle of wine and now in the age of screw tops make it effortless.  Here is an easy chicken curry.

Slow Cooked Curried Chicken with Cauliflower

Serves 4 – 6

3 Tbs canola oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
2-inch piece fresh ginger, minced
1/3 to 1/2 cup prepared South Asian curry paste (recommended: Patak)
3 cups broth, low-sodium canned, or homemade
2 cups whole milk plain yogurt
6 bone-in skinless chicken thighs, about 2 1/4 lbs
1 1/2 Tbs kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 (1 lb) bag red lentils, picked over (2 1/4 cups)
1 head cauliflower, broken into large florets
2 (16 oz) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 bunch fresh mint or cilantro leaves, chopped
1 lemon, cut in wedges

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Heat the oil; add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant. Add the curry paste and continue to cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes more. Whisk the broth with all the aromatics in the pan; then pour the liquid into a slow cooker. Whisk the yogurt into the liquid.

Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper. Add the chicken, lentils and remaining salt to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH for 6 hours, adding cauliflower and chickpeas about half way through cooking.

Divide curry evenly into bowls and scatter freshly torn mint or cilantro on top. Serve with a wedge of lemon.

Cooks note: This dish can be easily adapted to make a flavorful vegetarian dish. Simply cut out the chicken and use vegetable broth instead.

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