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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31 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.
  23. bob cole February 3, 2018 at 3:35 pm #
    I know it's a slow-cooker recipe, but I'm gonna try it in the pressure cooker to see if there's a more time-efficient version. Let you know how it goes...


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