Recipe courtesy of Nadia G

Chicken and Banana Curry

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 day 1 hr 25 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Inactive: 1 day
  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 cups low-fat plain yogurt

1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated

3 cloves garlic

Sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 chicken breasts


1/2 cup slivered almonds

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

5 cloves garlic, crushed

2 large onions, finely chopped

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Freshly cracked pepper

Curry Sauce:

2 tablespoons hot curry powder

1/2 cup dark raisins

2 tablespoons hot mango chutney

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

Juice of 1 large lemon

1 cup chicken stock

2 ripe bananas, sliced

Sweet shredded coconut, for garnish


  1. For the marinade: Combine the yogurt, cilantro, ginger, garlic and some salt and pepper in a food processor. Blend until smooth. Pour the marinade into a large resealable bag. Rinse and pat dry the chicken and place in the bag with marinade. Mix around and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  2. For the chicken: Add the almonds to a pan over medium-high heat. Keep stirring until the nuts become golden in color, 7 to 10 minutes. Once they toast, remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for until golden, 2 minutes. Throw in the onions and saute for 8 more minutes. Remove the onions and set aside, reserving the oil.
  4. Wipe down the marinated chicken and cut into bite-size pieces. Pour the flour on a plate and mix in a big pinch of salt and freshly cracked pepper. Toss the chicken pieces in the flour to lightly coat. Fry the chicken over medium heat in the same pan and oil as you cooked the onions, until golden brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
  5. For the curry sauce: Heat a small pan over medium heat. Add the hot curry powder and stir often until fragrant about 30 seconds. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 1/2 cups water, the toasted curry spice, raisins, chutney, brown sugar, turmeric, lemon juice and the toasted almonds. Stir and bring to a simmer.
  6. Whisk together the stock and flour in a measuring cup to make a thickener, and then pass through a sieve to remove any flour chunks.
  7. Add the thickener to the curry sauce and mix well. Turn the heat down to medium-low and add the sauteed onions and garlic, the crisped chicken and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 30 minutes.
  8. Ladle some chicken curry onto a plate and serve with sliced ripe bananas and sweet shredded coconut.