Chicken Curry

by Kathy Strahs on August 18, 2011 · 16 comments

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It was about time we switched things up at lunch. On most days, my kids get a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a quesadilla for lunch. They like it and I can pull it together and get it onto their Dora the Explorer sectioned plates before a meltdown erupts (that’s mainly my 20-month-old little guy – he doesn’t like to wait).

This Chicken Curry recipe, from a can of coconut milk, has been staring at me from the recipe clipboard I recently installed inside my pantry door. In particular, I was drawn to the words “30 minutes total time” at the top. It was going to be dinner one night this week but then I had a light bulb moment: why not make it for lunch instead? Chicken, vegetables and rice in a flavorful broth…that’s something my kids will definitely eat.

This turned out to be an excellent excuse to break from our PB&J and quesadilla lunch rut. It’s a mild-flavored curry, with gentle warmth but not overwhelming heat (of course, you have control over the spice level). Not only did I actually manage to prepare it in about thirty minutes, but I also was able to photograph it within a timeframe acceptable to him-of-little-patience.

Chicken Curry

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Lauren August 19, 2011 at 6:18 AM

So your kids really ate it? I only have a 10 month old who is just exploring food, but I wonder if I will end up in a chicken nugget – PB&J – bland food rut some day??? Did they eat around the zucchini or anything, or do you have awesome eaters? I will have to check your archives, but curious if you have any more posts about food your kids ate ;-) Thanks!

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Kathy Strahs August 19, 2011 at 7:37 AM

They did! My 3 1/2yo ate the “zooooo-kini” (we have fun saying the word, helps in getting her to eat it), and I think my son may have accidentally let some slip into his mouth. He tends to avoid vegetables, but when everything is in tasty broth he seems to make exceptions.

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Mindy August 19, 2011 at 7:36 AM

I’m always looking for quick meals (both for eating and photographing)–my 15 month old is the same way! This looks delicious!

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Cookin' Canuck August 19, 2011 at 8:08 AM

I would be happy to eat this for lunch any day of the week. And really, you can’t beat the 30 minute prep time.

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DessertForTwo August 19, 2011 at 10:47 AM

So easy! Lovely!

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Nancie McDermott August 19, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Love the photo, and love the story. Time not only to cook a fine wonderful pleasing to kids & parents meal, but even time to grab a gorgeous photo. Nice!

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Sasha @ The Procrastobaker August 19, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Well this is just the most fabulous recipe ive seen for curry in a while, i ADORE curry and as im about to go back to uni i need quick n tasty recipes to whip up. This looks more perfect than i could have imagined, will be making this for sure :)

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polwig August 19, 2011 at 1:43 PM

My kids love curry and have loved it since they were 18 months, mild one of course. This looks beautiful with nuts and cinnamon, yum

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Tres Delicious August 21, 2011 at 2:52 AM

This is another version of our family loved curry to look into. It looks promising.

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marla August 21, 2011 at 6:52 AM

My family loves curry, we have got to try this recipe :)

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Beth August 21, 2011 at 10:32 PM

This looks so good! It would make a great lunch for my family too.

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Kalyn August 22, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Looks great to me!

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Mary Ann Harvey March 4, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Another keeper! Thanks again Kathy!

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Kathy Strahs March 4, 2013 at 10:12 AM

That’s terrific, Mary Ann! So glad you liked it.

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