Maple CurryI cannot believe that I have not written about this wonderful dish before!  Probably because I started making it before I created this blog and it is one of the few food that I have never photographed … until today.

This is such a great recipe because if you make it mild even  people who do not like curry or hesitate to try new things will like if they try.  How do I know this?  I was one of those people.  I went to visit my sister a few years ago and she was going to make curry.  I do not like spicy food and really hesitated about trying it.  So I helped her make it.  But she also made me spaghetti too (which was really yum).  I had my spaghetti in front of me and I also had a little bit of curry.

The verdict?  After picking out the red peppers (I’m sensitive to them if I eat them) I tasted it and it was really good!  I got the recipe from her and have made so many times I don’t even need the recipe anymore.  I have also given the recipe out to several people.  I found the true story of my Sister’s Maple Chicken Curry when she sent it to my cousin for part of a cookbook family and friends put together for a shower gift recently.  I’m sure she won’t mind me sharing.

“There is a little cafe in Digby, Nova Scotia called the Boardwalk.  When I first started working in Digby about 5 years ago, one of the staff took me to eat there for lunch, and this is what we had.  I had it several times after to try and duplicate the recipe it was so good!  Several of the staff have also tried, and came up with different solutions.  This version I like the best, except the one at the cafe only used red peppers, not green.”  – My Sister

As you can see it was created by my sister who had it at a restaurant.  I remember her telling me she had tried so many different ways to get the taste.  She told me that she finally thought it all had to do with the cream.  I think it has to do with the type of curry paste you use.  Since last time I made it with a different type of curry paste and it wasn’t quite the same).  You try making it with different things and see how you like it.  But first start of with this recipe!

Oh and I also like all things MAPLE!

Maple Curry Chicken 

2 tbsp olive oil
1 large white onion, chopped (also good with red onion)
1 red or green pepper, chopped
2 cups cubed chicken, cooked
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup pure maple syrup (my fav. part!)
1 cup whipping cream (for a healthier version, substitute for low fat or reg. coconut milk)
2 1/2 tbsp curry paste (Patak’s mild, med or hot, depending on how you like it)
Note*  Sometimes I add chopped carrots

1. Heat oil, add onions, garlic, and peppers to saute (If adding carrots, add here)
2. Add cooked chicken and cream and let simmer for a few minutes (approx. 3 – honestly I don’t really keep track)
4. Add curry paste and mix well (when I first started I mixed the curry and cream together and then poured it in.  Do whichever is easiest for you)
3. Add maple syrup and cook for about 5 min, until caramelized and reduce to low heat
4. simmer uncovered 10 – 15 minutes or until sauce has reached desired thickness
5. Serve over basmati rice or penne noodles (I have never had it on the noodles before – might have to try that!)

~ If you want a vegetarian dish, use broccoli and cauliflower florets instead of chicken.
~ If you want the sauce to be thicker add 1 or 2 tbsp of corn starch.  If you are using regular coconut milk you do not need much corn starch, it will thicken on its own.
~ The last time I cooked it I used an ice cube of the pesto and put it in with the chicken when I cooked the chicken.  I’m not sure what a difference it made, but I hope it made it even better.  it was rather tasty.

I noticed that my ingredients and directions are slightly different then my sister’s recipe she included in the cookbook.  But for the type of recipe it is, there is free will to changing it up and making it just how you like it.  It is an easy recipe and I haven’t had one person who disliked it yet!

*Update* You can put whatever kind of meat you want in the maple curry… well at least I know you can use a seafood mix.  Try it out, it still tastes great.  Although, chicken is the best!