I recently hosted my monthly book club and the book we read, The Storyteller’s Secret, by Sejal Badani was mostly based in India. I loved reading about India and the cuisine the main character ate while she was discovering her family history. The cuisine sounded so tasty in the book, so I decided that since I was in charge of making dinner for everyone, I’d try my hand at a more Indian type meal. I’ve never done this before so it was really fun for me to experiment with spices and other ingredients that I don’t normally cook with.
I am a crock pot lover. In fall and winter I tend to break out the crock pot more often. It’s a great way to have a delicious meal waiting for you when you get home after a long day. The yummy smells fill your house with all of that delicious goodness and have you salivating the moment you walk in the door. The crock pot is a great way to get your sense of smell ready for a delectable evening filled with yummy food, great conversation and enjoyable eats.
As you can tell from my description above, yes, I used a crock pot for this recipe and it worked out great. As I’ve written about in other posts, I live a very strict gluten-free lifestyle. I have Celiac disease and if I’m not careful and am exposed to gluten, I get very sick. So much so, that I’ve been hospitalized in the past because of gluten exposure. Read this article about Celiac disease and learn more. If you have symptoms of Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, you may want to consider adopting a truly gluten-free lifestyle. It has been a life saver for me.
Back to my delicious Gluten & Dairy-Free chicken and vegetable curry over rice meal. It was very easy to make and only took me about 15 minutes to prepare prior to turning the crock pot on. Once I put everything in the crock pot, it cooked for about 4 hours on low and another half hour on high.
Gluten and Dairy-Free Chicken & Vegetable Curry with Rice Recipe
What you will need:
- 1 bag of frozen already cooked and chopped boneless chicken (make it easy!)
- 1 regular can of coconut milk
- 1 regular can of stewed tomatoes (I used sliced but I think chopped would have been better)
- 1 large sweet potato cut up into small pieces (I didn’t par boil it, but that might have worked better so that the potato was cooked a bit more)
- 1 small bunch of fresh broccoli cut up
- 1 half cut up red bell pepper
- 1 cut up clove of garlic
- 2 medium sized carrots cut up or you can cut up some of your mini carrots that you use for salads and snacking
- 1 yellow onion cut up
- 4 cups of water
- 4 cups of orange juice
- 2 cubes of chicken bullion
- 6 teaspoons of curry powder
- 4 teaspoons of turmeric powder
- Salt and pepper to preference
- A little bit of cornstarch or gluten-free flour to thicken it about 1/2 before serving
I used a crock pot and sprayed it with cooking spray before I put any of the ingredients into the crock on low. This made clean-up easier!
- Raw coconut
- Combine all of the liquid ingredients and mix in the chicken bullion cubes, the curry and turmeric powders, then add the pre-cooked chicken and raw veggies (that are cut up already) and stir.
- Salt and pepper to your preference.
- Set your crock pot on low and leave it to cook fully. I cooked it for about 4.5 hours total.
- About an hour before you want to eat, turn the crock-pot to high to make sure it’s all cooked the way you want it to be and about a half hour before you are going to serve it, you may want to use some cornstarch or four (I used gluten free flour) to thicken it some. If you like it to be more soupy, don’t thicken it at all, just enjoy it.
- I used a microwave rice cooker and cooked 4 cups of rice to have with the curry. Just follow the directions for whatever type of rice you’d like to serve with the curry.
Once your chicken and vegetable curry meal is ready to serve, have your family or guests add their preferred toppings and enjoy. The toppings add some crunch to the meal and really were the icing on top to what was a beautiful, filling and taste bud pleasing meal, among great friends. I bet this gluten-free and dairy-free curry meal will become a new household favorite at your home too.
If you have any gluten-free meals that have been a hit and you’d like to share the recipe’s, please do so in the comments. I love learning of new recipes and ideas to make my gluten-free lifestyle easier and tastier!
If you are a busy mom like me and don’t have a ton of time to shop, prepare and cook, but still want to make and eat healthy meals at home, maybe consider a meal delivery service. The Consumers Advocate Group has put together a detailed report about the various meal delivery services. This report should help you make a decision about which meal delivery service is the best one for your family!