Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Chicken and Banana Curry

A few very ripe bananas were lingering in our freezer but didn't feel like baking up banana bread so, what to do with them? Then it hit me, curry!
Chicken & Banana Curry
Bananas have that kind of subtle sweetness that goes perfectly with the spices found in curry. They are also a great pairing with coconut milk. I think of this as sort of a blend of Caribbean & South Asian. It may just be one of the best curries I've thrown together to date.

This is a curry that comes together really quickly with the chicken braising in the sauce. I went the easy route & just used a good curry powder but feel free to blend your own spices. If you want a little more banana texture to it slice a firmer banana in at the end.

Chicken & Banana Curry
(We ended up with a little more sauce than needed so you could easily add at least two more thighs to this.)

1 T vegetable oil
1 medium yellow onion, cut into wedges
2 T curry powder
1 t coriander
1/4 t cinnamon
2 over ripe bananas
2 c chicken stock
2 T brown sugar
1 T lime juice
salt & pepper
4 chicken thighs, bone-in but skinless
5.5 oz coconut milk

In a large heavy pot heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion & cook until translucent. Add the curry powder, coriander & cinnamon. Stir for 1 minutes. Add the bananas & mash. Stir in chicken stock, brown sugar & lime juice. Add a few (or many) dashes of Sriracha, depending on your heat tolerance. Season with a big pinch of salt & a few grinds of pepper. Add the chicken thighs & bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover & simmer for 30 minutes.

Stir in the coconut milk. Let simmer uncovered while cooking rice, about 20 minutes. Check for seasoning & adjust as needed.

Serve over hot rice.

Makes 3 - 4 servings

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vanillasugarblog said...

you make the best dinners! i need to find out where you live.

Silvia M. said...

I've been wanting some curry, I'll have to try this one. I would never have thought of throwing banana in. :)

Elle said...

I don't normally think of bananas in savory dishes, but this looks like a definite winner!

Megan said...

A combo I would have never thought to try but sounds quite delicious!!

Lo said...

I've been looking forward to this recipe! Love the banana/curry combination. Very nice.

RJ Flamingo said...

That is not a combination that I ever would have thought of putting together - I bow to your creativity!

Mary said...

I'm so excited! I already have all the ingredients for this (when the bananas get a little more "well done"). Can't wait to try it! Thanks.

Meg Luby said...

this looks great! i am going to have to let some bananas overdo themselves and make a batch! yumm, thanks for sharing!

Deborah said...

What an interesting curry!

Recipe for Delicious said...

Um, Kat? You just blew my mind.

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

I just love the flavors that you combined in this curry! Very creative, and I bet it tastes just great. Thanks for sharing! I'm so glad to have found your blog and look forward to seeing more! :) - Georgia

Paul Jennette said...

Curry and Bananas, who knew? Looks like an amazing combo, I'm sure the bananas make for a great texture!

grace said...

you know, i don't think i've EVER eaten bananas in a savory dish! there's a first time for everything, though!

Mary said...

I just put away the leftovers of this dish. It was really hard not to just gobble it all up in one sitting. A real winner! Thanks again.

kat said...

Mary - I'm so glad to hear it!

Anonymous said...

Just made this tonight for dinner and it was great! We used four chicken thighs and indeed the recipe has enough sauce for more, but we figured that the sauce would probably be good on the leftover brown rice.

Next time we do it, we will probably use four thighs again and then add either potatoes or sweet potatoes, which would probably be good too!


Lori said...

Amazing! I have to give this a try. I think it might be too sweet for Dan, but he has some travel coming up...all mine!

kat said...

Lori - Its not really very sweet & can be really offset by the hot sauce

Lori said...

I have never had banana in my curry. I have to try this as I am totally curious.

Sam said...

Just tried this & it is AMAZING. Do you think it could be frozen? Just thinking of making lots of eat and sticking in the freezer for those lazy days!!

Thank you so much

kat said...


You know I have no idea how it would freeze as I haven't tried it. I don't see why it wouldn't though.

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