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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Curried Chicken with Fresh and Dried Cranberries

Well this was fantastic. My friend went to the Wisconsin Cranberry festival and brought me two HUGE bags of fresh cranberries back. Well, I was searching the net for some recipes for fresh cranberries and happened upon this one. The only thing I did differently was I used dried cherries (that is all I had), I used two cans of diced tomatoes (we like alot of sauce) and I used ground ginger (I didn't have fresh). It was YUMMMMMY!

3 teaspoons canola oil , divided
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
3 tablespoons mild or medium-hot curry powder, divided
2 teaspoons butter
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds
Generous 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom or cloves
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes with mild green chiles (no salt added)
1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 1/3 cups sweetened dried cranberries
1 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen, thawed, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste (light salt)
Chopped fresh cilantro leaves for garnish

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a nonreactive Dutch oven (see Kitchen Note) over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add half the chicken pieces and sprinkle with a generous 1/2 teaspoon curry powder. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large plate. Add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to the pot and heat until hot. Add the remaining chicken; sprinkle with another generous 1/2 teaspoon curry powder and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to the plate.

Add butter, onion and mustard seeds to the pot; cook, stirring, until the seeds pop and the onion begins to brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pot, sprinkle with the remaining curry powder and cardamom (or cloves); stir to coat the chicken with the spices. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, broth, dried and fresh cranberries, ginger and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until the mixture reduces slightly and the chicken is cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes more. Serve garnished with cilantro.