The typical Filipino chicken curry recipe has a bit of history in it.
The chicken curry we know was introduced to us by the Indians. With the limited amount of spices and herbs that should be in the authentic version, the Pinoy version of the curry was the best the foreign Indians could make with the ingredients they had access to. The result was different but no less tasty and flavorful. We also had an abundance of turmeric which makes our curry that vibrant yellow hue.
We know how easy it is to grab a packet from the market and use it to make your chicken curry dish at home. That’s why when it comes to chicken curry, all we really need to prepare are the chicken and vegetables.
It’s an easy recipe that even new cooks and experienced ones alike will have little problem making it. If you’re venturing into the world of chicken curry, here are a few recipes we think you should bookmark for your next cooking session:
1 Easy Chicken Curry Recipe
This is your back-to-basics chicken curry recipe. For anyone who wants the easiest, most classic tasting chicken curry, this recipe is the one you want to try. The biggest deviation from the traditional recipe will be the kind of curry you use. There are many different packets you can use but you can also make your own spice mix to create a one-of-a-kind chicken curry recipe, too. You can even use chicken fillets to make it easier and faster to cook the chicken.
2 Chicken Curry Stir Fry Recipe
Who said that curry had to be super saucy? Instead, this stir-fried recipe is the opposite. However, don’t be fooled! The flavors of the classic chicken curry are still there but it’s no longer the sauce version you’re familiar with. Instead, you use the curry spicy mix to flavor the chicken and the veggies. The coconut cream or gata marries it all together so you will experience some creaminess that you might be missing in the dish.
3 Chicken and Potato Curry Recipe
Anyone who wants to deviate from the usual Filipino curry flavor, you should try this easy tweak: add peanut butter. Even better, if you love a hit of heat in your curry, add some sriracha or hot chili paste, too. Either of these two changes in a recipe can elevate your appreciation of the simple curry dish.
4 Easy Indian Chicken Curry Recipe
If you can get a hold of some authentic Indian curry spices, then you’ll be delighted to know that you can make a fantastic curry with this haul. You will get a big hit of heat, bold flavors, and best of all, the much-needed tomatoes that make this chicken curry so addictive and so delicious. A spoonful of yogurt or cream makes it truly divine.
5 Chicken Curry Noodles Recipe
Noodles aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of curry but if you think about it, curry and noodles would be awesome together! The creaminess of the curry sauce would be perfect as a pasta sauce! Toss in some boneless chicken and a few veggies that would complement the sauce, and this is a great alternative to those who want pasta instead of rice tonight.
6 Chicken Curry Empanada Recipe
The classic filling for the empanada is a chicken filling. If you mix the chicken filling with a little curry powder, what you get is a super flavorful chicken filling that has some strong flavors to make you crave more than just one pie.
7 Chicken Pyanggang (Chicken in Blackened Coconut Curry) Recipe
Drop by the southern Philippines for this unique and deceptively unappetizing black curry dish. The black hue of this curry is from the burnt coconut and mixed with the curry sauce, it’s actually a unique flavor that makes the dish super tasty despite its blackened look.
8 Grilled Soy-Curry Chicken Recipe
Soy sauce is an underrated flavor so you might not realize how important this Chinese ingredient really is in Philippine cooking. It’s not only used mainly for the adobo, but it’s plain fantastic as a seasoning ingredient. You can’t duplicate that fermented flavor! It’s that flavor that makes it delicious when paired with curry powder and some boneless chicken thighs.
You can taste the difference between this version with soy sauce, a more basic grilled version that keeps it classic in flavor, and one with some lemongrass added in. These three recipes are all made more delicious with the added charred flavor that only a grill can deliver.
7 Chicken Mango with Curry Recipe
For those who want to experience a curry with some sweetness in it, this recipe is for you. This chicken curry gets its blast of sweetness from the mango fruit but that’s not all. It also gets a dose of tanginess from both the dayap juice and the zest. It’s like eating a chicken curry with the chutney already stirred in!
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