Chicken Vindaloo

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Shredded chicken gets simmered in a rich, fragrant sauce laced with ginger, garlic, chiles and tomato paste. An Indian curry typically made with vinegar, we instead used Worcestershire sauce for similar effect.



  1. Puree the garlic, chiles, ginger, tomato paste, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, the Worcestershire sauce, curry powder and paprika in a food processor until a paste forms, scraping down the sides and adding 1 to 2 tablespoons water as needed.
  2. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic-spice paste and cook, stirring constantly, until toasted and darkened in color, 1 to 2 minutes. 
  3. Add 2 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt to the skillet. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low; cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Add the chicken and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens slightly, 8 to 10 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper and thin with water, if needed. Serve with rice and top with cilantro.