Indian Spiced Braised Chicken

3 Jan

Well, we finally moved back into our place about 2 weeks ago and I made this dish just after we moved back in.The place was a wreck and we only had a matter of days before I was leaving for the holidays in NC. I wanted to use the crock pot, so we could unpack and clean while a big hearty dish was cooking and we wouldn’t have to worry about dinner. I also thought this would be a great dish to fill the place up with the smell of delicious food to combat that yucky cold, industrial smell of paint and construction . . .

The new floors are pretty swanky, dark hardwoods that really pop against the new, lighter colored paint. This was a great dish to celebrate having such a dramatic new look throughout the whole condo.

I actually found this recipe clicking through some food blogs and eventually landing on – it was super easy, as most crock pot recipes are – just adding the ingredients to the slow cooker, turning it on and letting it cook. I did add fresh chopped garlic and something I don’t cook with enough: fresh grated ginger.

Grazing in The City - Indian Spiced Braised Chicken - Chopped Garlic

Fresh Garlic

Grazing in The City - Indian Spiced Braised Chicken - Fresh Ginger

Fresh Ginger!

The ginger really added an extra awesome layer of flavor and I will be seeking out more ways to use it. Also, can I just tell you how much I love curry? Definitely not something I grew up with in the South, but man it can be used to make some really great comfort foods.

Grazing in The City - Indian Spiced Braised Chicken - Chicken and Onions

Ready to Commence Cooking

Grazing in The City - Indian Spiced Braised Chicken

Add the Yogurt and Cilantro

For the chicken I used a mix of both white and dark meat, although this recipe can be adjusted to all of either – whatever your preference. I would also suggest doubling up on the greek yogurt if you like it creamier. I used the amount called for in the recipe and felt like it could have used a lot more. I also served with couscous, like the recipe called for. But I’m sure it would be great with other starches, such as potatoes or rice. The next time I make this, I might try serving with curried potatoes and cauliflower . . . anyway, enjoy!

Grazing in The City - Indian Spiced Braised Chicken


  • 1 package boneless chicken thights (1.5-2 lbs)
  • 1 package boneless chicken breasts (1.5 lbs)
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 large (28 oz) can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3-5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 6 oz (approx 3/4 cup) plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • cooked couscous for serving


Add chicken, onion, tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, ginger, cayenne, salt and pepper to slow cooker. Stir together and cook on low for 8 hours. Stir in yogurt, cilantro, and masala and serve over couscous.


4 Responses to “Indian Spiced Braised Chicken”

  1. Eva Taylor January 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    Congratulations on moving back into your own space, Bill. It must be a huge relief to have your own kitchen back! This dish looks delicious. A chef on TV mentioned a fantastic tip which I have been using forever. To keep fresh ginger at home all the time (and not have it shrivel up into that little curl – oh, you know what I mean!) keep it in a zip lock baggy in the freezer. Use a very fine micro-plane to grate fresh ginger into your dishes. The ginger keeps forever this way, and you need never worry about peeling it, the micro-planer grates it so finely, you don’t even notice the skin!

  2. thebigfatnoodle January 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Yum yum yum, curries rock! It’s actually become Britain’s national food and is ranked #1 🙂

  3. Sarah January 10, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    Oh I need to make this as soon as possible. It looks absolutely delicious. Yum!

  4. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide February 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    Looks really elegant, but not too extravagant. I should just say tasty!

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