Garam Masala Chicken Stew in Crock Pot

Jul 25th

I started to write a blog entry the other night, but didn’t finish it. I got distracted by Pinterest. So I went back today to finish it. And it was gone. Which is a shame because it was off to a good start. I talked about So You Think You Can Dance (which we had been watching that night), how Lacey will always belong to that show and not to the vastly inferior Dancing With Stars, that bone crushers are gross and I of course found a way to reference Friends. I don’t feel like to trying to recreate what I wrote, but I will still give you this, which I had planned on using.

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Your welcome.

I was playing around on Pinterest today too. And since a few of my friends have popped out kids this past year, there is always lots of baby stuff in my feed. And seeing it tonight reminded me of how a couple years ago a friend was pinning tons of “getting your kid ready for a sibling” stuff.

Side note, don’t you love how easy Pinterest makes it to stalk friends and see what they are currently interested in? It’s why I have lots of secret boards. I like to stay mysterious. Plus, I don’t want to raise hopes when I start to pin a bunch of party ideas. Because let’s be honest, if you come to the actual party, you won’t see most of what I pinned. 😉

So anyway, I of course immediately texted my friend to ask what was up with her pins and was she pregnant? She said no, but that I was like the 12th person to contact her and ask that. Then we moved on and had a lovely convo.

Around a month ago Michael was gone on a trip and I was getting bored at night. So I had the brilliant idea to pin a couple of “get kid ready for a sibling” things. I figured people would contact me to ask what was up with the pins and I would pass a lovely evening texting with multiple people.

NO ONE CONTACTED ME.

I told myself it was because I only pinned like three things, and that wasn’t enough to make an impact. So I’m going to keep trying. Probably not with the baby stuff since I just exposed that plan. But I’ll come up with something. Maybe unique tattoos, for the board I will create called “decorate me”.

And never mind. I just googled “funny tattoos” so that I could find a pic to post. There was NOTHING funny about the stuff that came up. People should not be doing that stuff with their belly buttons and butts. I won’t subject you to it.

But obviously, I’m very busy with Pinterest and finding ways to trick people into contacting me. To busy to spend a lot of time cooking or cleaning. Luckily I have a crock pot. Five minutes in the morning and done.

This week I made Garam Masala Chicken Stew in the crockpot. I had found the recipe in a Better Homes and Gardens. I know! Paper and not Pinterest! Old school! Since its been raining so much in the afternoons I thought a nice warm stewy dish would be perfect. And it was. The meat and potatoes were nice and tender and the seasoning is perfect. The only way it could have been better was if we had had some naan.

It uses fresh ginger, which I might have put in more then the recipe called for, because it was smelling so delicious as I grated it that I couldn’t stop. I also used frozen peas and carrots instead of just peas, because you know, I’m all about having as much veggies as possible. 🙂

The only other change I made was to not brown the chicken before putting it in the crockpot. This was for two reasons. 1) cooking first defeats the whole point of the crockpot in my opinion. Crockpot recipes should be easy! And I know browning is suppose to add extra depth to the meat, but this recipe has so many great seasonings in it that you don’t miss the meat flavor. The second reason was that I hadn’t defrosted the chicken first, and I didn’t feel like doing so. It went into the crockpot frozen.

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Oh, I guess I had one other change. I didn’t actually have any garam masala seasoning, so I made my own. The recipe for that will be provided.

 

Garam Masala Chicken Stew

3 medium red potatoes, cut into cubes

2 tsps grated fresh ginger

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 lb. chicken, skinless and boneless

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

14.5 oz chicken broth

8 oz tomato sauce

1 ½ cups frozen peas and carrots

½ cup plain yogurt

2 tsp garam masala seasoning (recipe below)

 

Coat a slow cooker with cooking spray. Add potatoes, ginger, garlic. Place chicken on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour chicken broth and tomato sauce on top. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours.

Turn crock pot to high. Stir in peas and carrots, yogurt and garam masala seasoning. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

 

Garam Masala Seasoning: 1 tbsp ground cumin, 1 ½ tsp ground coriander, 1 ½ tsp ground black pepper, 1 tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp ground cloves. ½ tsp ground nutmeg. Mix all together. This will give you more than you need for the recipe but you can store the extra for next time!