Indian-Spiced Braised Chicken

I remember it like it was yesterday.

But it was many, MANY moons ago when bestie Laura surprised me with a subscription to the super cute pocket-sized Martha Stewart magazine, Everyday Food.

I remember the day the first issue arrived in the mail. I jumped around in our basement apartment living room for exactly 15 minutes, cried like a little girl who just received a white shetland pony on Christmas morning, and then threw it in my bag before heading out to my husband’s softball game.

As I sat in the bleachers, absorbing every single page, I MEAN PAYING ATTENTION TO AARON’S TOTALLY AWESOME SOFTBALL SKILLS, it hit me:

Softball jerseys are kind of funny.

Food is about to seriously rule my face.

I need to stop wearing jorts.

Most everything this little magazine churns out is bad to the bone, but this Indian-spiced braised chicken – are you even joking? Tell me this is a dream, because the amount of freak attacks that emit from my body when I eat this dish aren’t exactly OF THIS WORLD.

Bottom line, folks: It’s fall. It’s getting chilly out. This involves a crock pot. Is there really anything left to say?

p.s. I’ve successfully stopped wearing jorts.

Indian-Spiced Braised Chicken:

What it took for 4:

(adapted from Everyday Food)

* 5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
* 2 small boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
* 1 small white onion, chopped
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 Tbs. freshly minced ginger
* 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
* 1 Tbs. tomato paste
* 1 tsp cayenne pepper
* 1 Tbs. ground coriander
* 1 Tbs. coarse salt
* 1 Tbs. freshly ground pepper
* 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
* 2 Tbs. garam masala
* 1 cup freshly chopped cilantro
* 2 cups cooked jasmine rice

In a slow cooker, add the chicken, onion, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, tomato paste, cayenne, coriander, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours.

Add in the yogurt, cilantro and garam masala. Stir to combine, let cook 5 more minutes.

Serve over a bed of jasmine rice.

And then cry at the glory.

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30 Responses to Indian-Spiced Braised Chicken

  1. Jen@foodorleans October 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm #
    wow--LOVE that this is in the crockpot! I need to use it more.
  2. Cassie (Bake Your Day) October 18, 2011 at 4:19 pm #
    I need to cook with Indian spices more. Sounds aaaaamazing!
  3. DessertForTwo October 18, 2011 at 4:35 pm #
    Ok, I'm just gonna start making all of your recipes for dinner every night. I think we have the same taste buds. This is on the menu for tonight! Well, wait. I have a big lunch planned. Wednesday night for sure. Besides, I'm out of shampoo, which normally doesn't deserve a trip to the city, but sometimes it does. Rambling. Buy champoo and shicken. Oh, I mean shampoo and chicken. Love ya!
  4. Carre at Kiss My Whisk October 18, 2011 at 5:20 pm #
    I love Everyday Food and coming home to dinner ready in my slow cooker, I'm definitely going to have to give this recipe a try!
  5. Katie October 18, 2011 at 7:47 pm #
    I've been obsessed with my crockpot going on 2 weeks now...why did it take me 4 years of marriage to discover it's superpowers and beauty? I'm bookmarking this and making it next week.
  6. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 18, 2011 at 8:38 pm #
    I love set it and forget it meals. I need to break out my crockpot more often and clean off the dust that's accumulated on it!
  7. Lisa {With Style and Grace} October 18, 2011 at 10:54 pm #
    and this will be what I pull out my slow cooker for! I want this right NOW!!
  8. Kelsey October 19, 2011 at 12:17 am #
    Yesss this sounds delicious! I'm so sick of crock pot dishes that make my house smell like the same boring old thing, but I imagine this would make my house smell like an Indian spice market!
  9. marla October 19, 2011 at 1:56 am #
    Bev, I just started receiving this pocket sized gem too. Addictive huh! Can you send some of this over for dinner? No spectator sports other than food for me....*kisses*
  10. laci October 19, 2011 at 2:00 am #
    bev, i know it's all indian-y and stuff, but i hate cilantro. any suggestions for substitutions? a cup is A LOT.
    • Bev Weidner October 19, 2011 at 2:02 am #
      It is! That's my preference. ;) Parsley would be a perfect sub!
      • laci October 19, 2011 at 2:03 am #
        parsley i can totally do. thanks, ma'am!
  11. Deborah October 19, 2011 at 4:39 am #
    A couple months back I stole a bunch of old copies of Everyday Food from my sister's house, and I have been devouring them. I'm thinking I need to subscribe - especially for recipes like this one!!
  12. brandi October 19, 2011 at 1:57 pm #
    oh, cilantro. i love you. cilantro + spices + piles of jasmine rice? don't mind if i do.
  13. Betty October 19, 2011 at 5:52 pm #
    This looks great! I'll have to try it. I received my November edition of EDF yesterday and thought of you. They have a BUNCH of kale recipes in this month's magazine.
  14. Andrea the Kitchen Witch October 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm #
    Oh yeah this is being made soon!! I can smell the delicious spicy aroma now :)
  15. Erin October 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm #
    This is in my crockpot as we speak! Can't wait!
    • Bev Weidner October 23, 2011 at 5:58 pm #
      Awesome, Erin! Let me know how it turns out!
      • erin November 8, 2011 at 1:22 am #
        it was delicious! so delicious that it was in my crockpot last weekend too!
  16. mike November 30, 2011 at 11:23 pm #
    We tried this for the first time but tripled the recipe, and it's HOOOOT. (!)
    • Bev Weidner December 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm #
      Oh! I hope not TOO hot. What was hot about it? Too much ginger? Garam Masala? Thanks for letting me know!
  17. Anne January 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm #
    Serious, serious goodness! I only used 1/4 tsp of cayenne and threw in about 1/2 cup of cooked chickpeas towards the end. I also love that I could just throw in frozen chicken (I cooked mine for about 10 hours on low). I'm really looking forward to leftovers today!
  18. jenna January 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm #
    Just a quick question. Did you put the chicken in whole and then pull it apart after thanks!
    • Bev Weidner January 8, 2013 at 2:21 pm #
      You are correct! Just place the whole breasts in, and then shred it later after it's all cooked!
  19. farmerswife518 February 4, 2014 at 6:25 pm #
    This looks delicious and soooo much easier than my Chicken Tikka Masala recipe!
  20. Mya February 15, 2014 at 12:51 pm #
    This looks amazing. So fragrant looking, I can almost smell it through my screen!
  21. april October 28, 2015 at 8:36 am #
    Can you sub sour cream for the greek yogurt? I got everything but that
  22. Destiny October 11, 2016 at 5:18 pm #
    Can I add all the ingredients into a freezer and freeze them? Have you done that? I'm wanting to freeze things on my days off and pop in the crock pot in the morning.


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