Indian-Spiced Chicken Stew

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This is an Indian-spiced comfort food stew- perfect for a warm meal on a cold night. As it cooked for HOURS, it was very important to skim the surface– I couldn’t believe how much fat I was able to skim despite using skinless meat! This recipe was adapted from Bon Appétit. I substituted boneless, skinless, chicken thighs for chicken legs and half & half for heavy cream. We ate it over brown basmati rice with naan on the side. It wasn’t spicy enough for us to need plain yogurt. 🙂 It would have been a lovely garnish though. Nice.

Yield: Serves 6 to 8

  • 3 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter) or vegetable oil
  • 6 chicken legs (drumsticks with thighs; about 3 lb.) or 15 boneless, skinless, chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated peeled ginger
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¾ cup canned tomato purée
  • ½ cup heavy cream or half & half
  • 1 pound small Yukon Gold potatoes, sliced ¼” thick (I used a mandolin)
  • Plain yogurt, torn fresh mint, and naan, flatbread, and/or cooked rice (for serving)
  1. Heat ghee in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Working in batches, cook chicken, skin side down, until golden brown (do not turn), 8–10 minutes for chicken legs, 5-6 minutes for boneless, skinless, chicken thighs. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Add onion, garlic, and ginger to pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is very soft and golden brown, 8–10 minutes. Add tomato paste, garam masala, cumin, turmeric, coriander, cayenne, and cardamom and cook, stirring often, until tomato paste is beginning to darken, about 4 minutes.
  3. Add chicken, broth, tomato purée, and cream to pot; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, skimming occasionally, until chicken is almost falling off the bone and liquid is slightly thickened, 1½–2 hours.
  4. Add potatoes to pot and cook, partially covered, until potatoes are fork-tender, chicken is falling off the bone, and liquid is thick enough to coat a spoon, 30–45 minutes. Remove skin and bones from chicken, if desired, and return meat to pot; season stew with salt and pepper.
  5. Divide stew among bowls, top with yogurt and mint, and serve with naan, flatbread, or rice.

DO AHEAD: Stew can be made 3 days ahead. Let cool; cover and chill.

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About Josette@thebrookcook

I live in Stony Brook, New York on Long Island. I love garlic and baking. My hobby (and love) is to try new recipes. My favorite recipe resources include The New York Times, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, and Martha Stewart Living. Enjoy!

10 responses to “Indian-Spiced Chicken Stew

  1. This sounds fantastic! Looking at the ingredients list I actually have everything on hand to put this together! Thank you for the idea and recipe. Looks wonderful.

  2. Surprisingly like one I just made!

  3. This looks delicious! Wow, look at that list of spices–I bet the chicken was super flavorful. Can’t wait to give this a try.

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