Monday, 13 July 2015

Easy Chicken Curry Casserole

Need a little inspiration on those nights when you're late home, you want something to eat, the fridge has a whole bunch of random stuff, and you need something that requires minimum effort but maximum flavour? Or one of those nights when everything gets a little out of hand and it all turns to custard and you need something you can just bung in a pot and leave it cooking while you deal to the chaos? Well here is the meal you need...a super simple chicken curry cooked in the oven in a big old casserole dish. One meal, one pot, one easy dinner!

Although I will post the recipe I used to make the meal, it really is just one of those dinners where you can use up whatever's in the fridge, so do feel free to make it your own... there is no right or wrong with this one.

Easy Chicken Curry Casserole

Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, sugar-free

500g chicken thigh fillets, roughly chopped (or meat of your choice)
1 400g can diced tomatoes
1 400g can cherry tomatoes, or one punnet of fresh cherry tomatoes
2 large stalks of celery, roughly chopped
1 large zucchini, halved lengthways and roughly chopped
1 onion, sliced
4 cloves garlic, either roughly chopped or grated depcnding on whether you like chunks of garlic or not
10 button mushrooms, roughly chopped
2 cups or so of silverbeet, roughly torn
2 red chillies, diced, or 1 tsp chilli powder (optional)
2 tbsp curry powder
2 tbsp tomato paste
salt and pepper to taste
handful of parsley, roughly chopped for garnish (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 210C
2. In a large ovenproof casserole dish place all ingredients except the silverbeet
3. Cook with the lid on for about 30 minutes until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender
4. Add silverbeet, mixing it in to the hot casserole and replace lid, cooking for another 10 -15 minutes until the silverbeet has wilted. Season to taste
5. Serve with your favourite accompaniment - mash, rice, noodles, salad...whatever you like!

Play around with the veges and the herbs/spices - whatever you have and whatevcr you crave :)