Before I give you this recipe, I’m not a fan, but MY DAD LOVES it, so what is a daughter to do? Whenever we have left over BBQ or I make any of my steamed chicken recipes in the Thermomix particularly Chicken and Corn Soup OR Chicken, Vegetables and Mash, he asked for this OLD SCHOOL 70’s tragic curry chicken. It is basically an onion white sauce curry powder, chicken and peas… simple, but delicious (well my dad thinks so).
My dad grew up in and era where the only takeaway food was local fish and chip shop or hamburger joint and when you had a special occasion dinner, you went out the local Chinese Restaurant. This sort of curry was exotic and different from the usual steak and vegetables. Obviously it’s not anymore as we have a vast array of wonderful Thai, Indian, Vietnamese etc… to choose from and I have tried dad on many of these things, but he always want this Keen’s Curry Powder style curry. If you have lived in Australia for any length of time you would no that “Keen’s” Mustard and Curry powders are staples in pretty much every Australian pantry. They are such a staple that when some one really likes a person or something, they are described by saying “They are as Keen as Mustard!”
So my dad’s tastes haven’t really changed… his favourite meal is still some form of meat and vegetables particularly a roast. In fact, I was very busy on father’s day, so I suggested that I take dad out for dinner on the Saturday night. I asked him where would he like to go… He said “Chinese would be nice” LOL! So some things never change really, but I wouldn’t expect anything different from my dad.
I hope that you all had a great father’s day with your dad’s and if they are no longer with you, I hope you remembered them and though about some great dad stories 🙂
This makes a decent amount of curry sauce so you can put as much chicken as you like or as much as you have.
2 cloves garlic
150 g butter
100 g plain flour
1000g (1 litre) milk
1 – 2 tablespoons Keen’s Curry Powder (Please measure to taste)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
20g – 30g lemon juice (to taste)
100g of peas
left over cooked chicken (steamed or BBQ’d skinless breast meat is the best)
1. Place chopped onion and garlic into a saucepan with olive oil and sauté until soft and translucent.
2. In another saucepan, heat up the milk till it is ALMOST boiling.
3. Add butter to onion mix, allow to melt and then quick add plain flour and whisk so there are no lumps and allow to cook on a low heat for about 3 minutes. This will cook out the flour.
4. Gradually add half the heated milk to the onion, butter, flour mix (rue) and whisk so that it forms a smooth paste, then whisk in the rest of the heated milk and continue stirring until it stats to thicken.
5. Add peas, curry powder, salt, sugar and lemon juice to taste and allow the curry powder to cook for at least 5 minutes on a low heat string continuously. If the sauce gets too thick, just a a little more milk.
6. Add cooked chicken and allow to heat through. Serve with rice and sprinkle with parsley or slice of lemon.
1. Place onion and garlic into the mixing bowl and chop 3 seconds/speed 5.
2. Add oil and sauté for 4 minutes/Varoma/speed 2.
3. Add butter, milk, flour and curry powder and cook 10 minutes/100/speed 4 with the MC on.
4. Add salt, sugar and lemon juice to taste and blend sauce 30 seconds/speed 5 increasing to speed 9.
5. Add peas and cooked chicken and mix 5 minutes/100/REVERSE/speed 1. You may need a spatular to help if move around or add a little more milk if it has gotten too thick.
6. Serve with rice and slice of lemon or a sprinkle of parsley, if you can get the curly stuff even better!
If you are looking for something a bit retro, give this Chicken Curry a try, you never know, you might like it! I Freezes really well! I freeze it into portions, so I don’t have to make it all the time for dad for those “I couldn’t be bothered cooking nights” I package them up with a serve of curry chicken and rice in each container and then reheat when need!
Do you have one of those retro recipes that you get out everyone and again to make, just for the fun of it!
PS. Since publishing this recipe my dad has passed away, here is a little story that I blogged about my dad “My Dad“
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