My eldest Izzy has always been great with food, will normally try anything and has never been scared of a little spice. Lately however she has been going through a bit of a fussy stage. She will say before a LOT of meals that she doesn’t like this or that. Most of the time she will still eat it but she does like a good moan first.
To try to stop her getting any fussier I have been trying to offer even more variety to our diet. A little spice, different fruits or veggies and one of the dishes I came up with was this fruity chicken curry. The peaches make it slightly sweet and juicy but there is still protein in the form of the chicken and veggies – sometimes it’s just peas and onions but quite often I throw in frozen spinach, carrots or whatever I need to use up. I should say the inspiration for this recipe and the idea of using peaches in a curry came from the rather fabulous recipe book written by Jack Monroe and her recipe for chickpea and peach curry.
Fruity Chicken Curry
For this recipe, you will need:
1 tin of peaches, drained and diced into small chunks
Reserved juice from tin
1 shallot/small onion diced
1 garlic clove, crushed or diced
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg
1/2 red pepper, diced
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
2 raw chicken breasts diced or you can use leftover cooked chicken
1 cube of frozen spinach
50g of frozen peas
1 chicken stock cube
100ml of water
1 tbsp of Olive oil
Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat, add your oil, onions, garlic and spices. Wait for the onion to soften but do not allow to burn. Add your chicken (if using raw) and diced pepper. Brown your chicken and then add your peaches, peas and spinach. Pour over your tin of tomatoes, juice, water and your stock cube and cook on a low heat for 20 minutes until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and the sauce has thickened.
Serve with rice, chips or naan breads.
*If you want extra heat you could add a diced chilli or tsp of chilli flakes.
**To make this a veggie dish just replace the chicken with chickpeas and the stock cube with a vegetable one.
This makes enough for 2 adults and 2 small children.
This dish went down very well with the entire family, my youngest particularly liked the peach chunks. Its full of flavour but not too spicy and is sweet and tasty.