Crock Pot Coconut Curry

Since I started the Whole30, I've had mad respect for CrockPot meals. When you spend this much time cooking, it's a welcome reprieve to make dinner in the morning and come home to a meal that's ready to serve. We have John's grandmother's crockpot from about 1970 and I love it so much. Growing up, my parents had a similar one in orange and It works like a charm. I find that to be the case with many of these tools. Anyway, I'm grateful for this tool. 

The other night I wanted to go to yoga, but had zero dinner plans or motivation. It was 1pm so I needed something to cook over a period of time, but didn't require a lot of work. A quick scan of my fridge revealed I could easily make a pot of curry! I LOVE curry for its warmth, comfort and nutrient packed sauce.

Here's what I came up with. It was far more delicious than I could have imagined. You can easily swap out meat and vegetables to fit your tastes. 

 

Crock Pot Coconut Curry
Makes: 8 servings

Ingredients (for chicken)
3-4 lbs chicken,* cubed
3 tlb curry powder (this is a spice blend)
2 medium potatoes, cubed (you could also throw in carrots, celery, peppers, etc)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
2 Tlb ghee (or cooking fat of choice)

Ingredients (for sauce)
1 onion, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped tomato (canned, diced is fine)
6 garlic cloves, smashed
1 jalapeno, coarsely chopped
1 handful fresh cilantro (and stems)
1 2-inch piece of ginger, coarsely chopped
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tlb sea salt
2 cups stock
1 can full fat coconut milk

*I used chicken breast, which you shouldn't cook for more than 4 hours. If you sub in thighs it can handle longer cooking time.

To Prepare

  1. Turn crockpot on High and add ghee
  2. Once melted, add chicken & potato to pot
  3. Toss with curry powder, salt and pepper
  4. Add all sauce ingredients (except coconut milk) to blender
  5. Blend on high until smooth, taste for seasoning
  6. Pour sauce over chicken and potato mixture and mix to combine
  7. Cover crock pot and cook on High for 4 hours
  8. After 4 hours, add coconut milk and stir
  9. Adjust for seasoning 

You can serve this on its own with a squeeze of lime, a drizzle of ghee and fresh cilantro. It's also delicious over rice or with a side of roasted broccoli.