Curry Chicken in Clay Pot
Clay pot cooking is very popular in China, as clay pots retain heat and can go straight from the oven to the dinner table. This recipe for curry chicken is very adaptable - feel free to substitute canned tomatoes or adjust the amount of curry according to taste.
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger
1 tablespoon cornstarch
6 small new red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 small carrot, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 medium tomato, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 green onion, with top, cut into 1-inch pieces
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a 2-quart clay pot or heavy casserole with a cover in the oven to heat.
Trim the fat from the chicken and cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes. In a bowl, combine the salt, pepper, ginger, and cornstarch. Toss the chicken with the cornstarch mixture and set aside.
Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Add the potatoes and carrot, cover, and cook 2 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Heat a nonstick skillet or wok over high heat until hot. Add the vegetable oil and the chicken; stir and cook until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Add the garlic, onion, curry powder, and tomato and stir-fry 1 minute.
Add the potatoes, carrot, soy sauce, and sugar and continue to stir until well mixed. Turn off the heat and transfer the mixture to the preheated clay pot. Cover the clay pot and return to the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve hot.
To hold the finished dish, turn the oven off and keep warm until ready to serve. Stir in the green onion just before serving.
Yield: 3-4 Servings