Curry Chicken & Chana

Curry Chicken Recipe

I have so many recipes waiting to post for you guys and I am trying to play catch up. I try to post recipes on Sunday but not every Sunday as if I haven’t been posting much, all you’ll see around here is recipes. So I will try for every other Sunday. Anyway today’s recipe is for a new dish that I learned how to make, actually two new dishes, Trinidadian Style  Curry Chicken & Chana (Curried Chick Peas.) My boyfriend is Trini and I’ve been trying to learn how to make some of his favorite foods so I got a quick lesson from his mom a few months ago. I even got a supply of curry powder straight from Trinidad and some homemade Thyme Seasoning. If you follow my Instagram you would have seen that I made this a while back. I actually measured out my ingredients while cooking to get somewhat accurate amounts for you guys so here goes…

What you will need…

Curry Chicken

1 whole Chicken, cut up

1 tsp adobo

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp cayenne pepper

5 tbsp Curry powder (1 to season, 1 to brown, 3 for paste)

1 cup water (1/2 to make curry paste)

3 tbsp Thyme Seasoning*

2 Pimento peppers

Shado beni

1/4 cup onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic

2 tbsp olive oil

Chana

5 white potatoes

1 can of chick peas, drained

1 tbsp olive oil

4 tbsp curry powder (1 to season, 1 to brown, 2 for paste)

1 cup water (1/2 for curry paste)

1/4 tsp adobo

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

pimento pepper

shado beni

Preparation…

Season chicken with adobo, garlic powder, cayenne, curry, thyme seasoning, shado beni, onion and pimento, and refrigerate over night.

Heat olive oil and brown curry…

…then add chicken and stir. Make curry and water mixture (about 4 oz water and 3 tbsp curry) and pour in. Cover and let cook. Put water in chicken bowl to keep on hand to add later.

Add garlic when halfway cooked. Add water as needed until cooked completely.

Now for the Chana…

In a seperate pan, again brown curry in olive oil. Add potatoes and chick peas, and then add curry and water mixture. Season with curry powder, adobo, cayenne, garlic powder, pimento and shado beni. Add more water if needed. Let it cook down.

And that’s it. Now that wasn’t so bad at all!

I serve my Curry Chicken & Chana with white rice and some Buss Up Roti. I just found a Recipe for Buss Up and plan to try it next time I make these dishes, I just have to get the appropriate pan first. My curry came out great for a first timer and my son and bf cleaned their plates.

*Thyme Seasoning is made with fresh Thyme, Shado Beni, Celery, Scallion, Garlic & Pimento peppers blended together. The mix was given to me so when I make it myself I will post the recipe for it. You can do a search for Trinidad Thyme Seasoning on the web to get an idea how to make it.
Erica
Erica

When I’m not hunting down the latest and greatest beauty products, beating a face or lacing a do, you can find me roaming the streets of NYC in my stilettos looking for the next best restaurant. Or in the kitchen trying to outdo myself from the last time.

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15 Comments

  1. Kelly
    12.09.2012 / 11:17 am

    Hi I’m new to blogging and have just started my own, can u please tell me what layout u r using? I would love to have the labels up top for different sections of different things I have to talk about, I use blogger…thank u

    • Erica
      Author
      12.09.2012 / 6:22 pm

      I’m not on blogger but on self-hosted WordPress. I use the Atahualpa theme.

  2. Tyshelle
    12.09.2012 / 12:30 pm

    Girl that plate looking sweet for days man, in my Trini voice, send some for meh nah….. Serious you did a great job all you need is some Buss Up Shot from Gloria’s restaurant LOL

    • Erica
      Author
      12.09.2012 / 6:21 pm

      Lol this was my plate. My bf and son had buss up on theirs, but from the Trini spot up the block from Gloria’s lol. No worries, I’m going to learn how to make it myself! 🙂

      • Tyshelle
        12.12.2012 / 9:55 am

        The one chinese trini place on St. John’s place if so they are pretty good too especially their currant rolls LAWD FADER….LOL

        • Erica
          Author
          12.12.2012 / 10:05 am

          Yeeeees that’s my favorite thing from there then the doubles!

  3. Nenah
    12.09.2012 / 2:53 pm

    Dude you are killing me! I so need to step up my culinary game. Keep em coming!

  4. YummY
    12.09.2012 / 11:55 pm

    Gloria’s???? Heyyyyy neighbor! Looks good…channa is actually the chick peas alone & potato, is just that, potato. Buss up & Roti are two different things…simplest way to differentiate the two; one (roti) is made w/split peas & and the other (buss up) is not. I had curry for Sunday lunch myself. Yummmmmy!!! 🙂

    • Erica
      Author
      12.10.2012 / 10:42 am

      Hey neighbor lol. Thanks for the correction on the Chana but Buss Up is actually a type of Roti although it’s not made with chick peas. It’s called Paratha Roti.

      I’ve been craving curry myself, think I’m going to whip some up this Sunday 🙂

  5. Malika
    01.19.2013 / 6:34 pm

    Trini food is the absolute best thing in the world. I am glad that you are experiencing it. Keep enjoying the experience 🙂

  6. 02.01.2014 / 3:16 pm

    Omg now im hungry for curry and bussup .

    • Erica
      Author
      02.01.2014 / 7:30 pm

      I’ve been craving it myself. Have to make some soon.

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