Crock Pot Chicken & Chickpea Curry

set it and forget it

Welcome to another week, ladies and gentlemen. I hope that everyone had a fantastic weekend, because, surprise, surprise, I did! Can weekends be bad? You get to sleep in, hang out, and eat brunch, so I don’t really see how, unless you’re me in college who worked at least one Saturday or Sunday each weekend, which I absolutely loathed. Looking back, even though the jobs weren’t exactly a dream come true, I think that everyone needs to have some kind of painful, service-oriented job in high school and college. It builds you into a stronger person who can never be shaken because you had to help a woman pick out a pair of jeans for a screaming toddler while she changed his diaper, or make smoothies for steroid-riddled muscle men who insist that there’s not enough protein powder in their Peanut Butter Blaster McMuscle Shake. My first real job ever was a cashier a when I was in high school for a summer, which was awful. I won’t name names, but try and guess where it was that I was working. They wouldn’t let us have any drinks, including water, by the registers, I had to wear ill-fitting khakis, an ugly, oversized red polo, and my boss had the shrillest, thickest Boston accent that drove me nuts. Working at a place like that is honestly a lot like a sitcom. There were, of course, a sprinkling of regular people who just needed a job, but then you had the one person who was always trying to wrangle everyone into starting some kind of uprising against management for their favorite injustice-of-the-week, the creepy security guard who was constantly hitting on all of the teenage girls working there (there were a lot of us), and then in contrast, there was the less creepy but overeager and younger security guard who thought he was always working some kind of beat and tried to catch people shoplifting constantly, even when they weren’t. He’d seriously follow people around the store, although I guess when you’re young and bored like that, you’ve got to find something to entertain yourself. Then there were the night shift people, who were almost like magical elves that you’d only catch a glimpse of once in a while, or if you had an early shift, and of course, the manager that believed that everyone working there part-time had just a big a stake in the success of the store as the CEO did. I still remember the horrible, sterile smell of the place, the fluorescent lights, and how we were made to call all of the people in the store “guests” instead of “customers” or “shoppers” or whatever comes naturally to most of us. It was so long ago, it almost seems like some kind of mild nightmare. What was your first real job? You know, the one where you finally had to memorize your social security number?

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Del Posto treats that I was gifted; a great start to the weekend.
So, reminiscing aside, as I said, I had a lovely little weekend. On Friday night, Kramer and I headed to our favorite spot, Mission Chinese, for dinner with our friend Lindsey and her friend visiting from LA. After dinner, Lindsey recommended this place called Attaboy nearby, saying it was a new cocktail bar. When we sat down, I was a little suspicious. The door was unmarked, it was dimly lit, and all of the bartenders were wearing old-timey suspenders. Our waiter came over and explained that the bar operated thusly: tell him what kind of flavors and spirits you like, and they will craft a custom cocktail just for you. My suspicion did not wane. In fact, I believe my exact thoughts were “Oh, brother.” However, the cocktail that they brought me was exactly what I would have ordered if I could have dreamed up the perfect cocktail for my mood that evening (blackberries, bourbon, and bitters – amazing), and everyone else were just as pleased with their custom creations. The service was helpful and friendly, they really guided you by asking helpful questions regarding your tastes, and I could not have been happier with my experience. Just goes to show you that just because something looks like it’s some kind of Meatpacking District hell-spawn doesn’t mean that it is, and thanks to Lindsey for showing Kramer and I the light. After a second cocktail (a smoky mezcal number with lemon and vanilla), Kramer and I met up with Morgan and his family for karaoke. It was awesome – I always love me some good karaoke. I am an absolutely horrific singer who cannot carry a single tune, but karaoke is my favorite. The next day, I got a much needed haircut and Kramer and I tried to go glasses shopping for him, but it suddenly started snowing like crazy and we gave up after the first store. Shopping in Manhattan is a nightmare because you can’t just go to one central location, you’ve got to walk around everywhere, and when the weather is bad, it’s even more miserable. We went home and I took a seriously amazing nap (it was one of those naps where you actually sleep for an hour straight instead of waking up every 10 minutes and lightly dozing off), then we had dinner with friends and drinks at an overly crowded bar afterward. Kramer and I couldn’t handle it and left after about an hour, leaving our more adventurous friends to enjoy their evening. Sunday was cooking day. I made meatloaf (for lunches this week), mussels, French fries, and muffins. It left my kitchen in total disarray, but Kramer and I were definitely fat and happy at the end of the day.

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I have been trying to make more interesting lunches to take to work, so that means cooking a bit more on Sundays so I have less to worry about during the week. This crock pot curry was one of the recent dishes that I made on a Sunday to portion out throughout the work week, and I think it was absolutely delicious. I had a few other things to take care of that day, so I decided that the slow cooker was definitely the way to go. I just threw everything in, stirred it up, and let it go for eight hours on low, then stirred in a can of chickpeas (overcooking legumes in the crock pot can lead to dry, burned beans), viola! You’re all done. This heats up really well, leaves you full and satisfied, and will certainly make your coworkers jealous as they hunch of their bagged sandwiches or soggy salads. Make some rice or bring some pita bread for a side dish, or honestly, just enjoy it on its own. Obviously this makes for an excellent dinner, too, but let’s all get a little more creative and bring some inspiration back to lunch time, shall we? You can use any vegetables you like, adjust the heat factory per your tastes, and really make it your own. Feel free to use pork, beef, or make it entirely vegetarian, too! Just promise me that you’ll start remembering to pack a lunch!

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My weekend: cocktails, karaoke, and big sandwiches.
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As this is a crockpot recipe, just throw everything in, set it, and forget it!

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Ta-da! Dinner (or lunch…or whatever)!

 

Crock Pot Chicken & Chickpea Curry
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Serves: 4-6
 

A hearty, rich curry of chicken, fresh herbs and spices, and chickpeas.
Ingredients
  • 2 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2-3 potatoes, cubed
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 24-ounce can tomatoes (whole, diced, crushed, whatever you prefer – I used whole and crushed them with the back of a wooden spoon)
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 leaves fresh basil, thinly sliced (or chiffonade, for you fancy folks)
  • 1 12.5 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

Instructions
  1. Throw all of your ingredients into the crock pot, then stir to combine. Set it on high for four hours, or on low for eight hours. When it’s done, add in the rinsed chickpeas, stir to combine, and let it sit for 5 minutes to heat through. Serve alone, or with rice or pita. Enjoy!

 

16 Responses

  1. Week ends for me are all about trying to make head meals, parties and odd drink after a night shift job. My first job would you believe it is delivering groceries. Even harder when your mode of transport is a bike.
    Love the flavor combo here. Can the meat be replaced by tofu or more beans?

  2. your weekend sounds amazing. Love Karaoke! what fun. We don’t have weekends off anymore….BUT we get to eat fresh food so that’s the pay off. This curry sounds right up my alley! yum!

  3. Leah Baik says:

    Did you notice that you said you wouldn’t name names but then totally put it later in parenthesis? I’m not making fun… it totally cracked me up though!

  4. I used to work at Honey Dew Donuts and Kohl’s – I’d work all weekend long. Now, the thought alone of working on the weekends makes me cringe!

  5. Mary Ellen says:

    Mmmmm….curry, curry, curry, curry, curry. Love the heat of curry, just so much different than that of chilli peppers.

    First job…bussing tables at a restaurant. Food becomes difficult to eat when you smell like it. Eventually your hunger overrides the psychology and you eat (anything but what you smell like of course).

  6. Mary says:

    Do you have a brand of curry paste you’d recommend? Thanks!

  7. Anna says:

    Sounds like you had a great weekend, I love having that one all-out cooking day. The curry looks awesome, just the thing now that yet another storm is headed our way!!

  8. Tieghan says:

    That sounds like an awesome weekend! This curry looks so good!

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Your first job sounds like a bit of a mini nightmare, but this dish looks super delicious! I love chicken and curry together.

  10. Dustin says:

    Why breasts?? Thighs are way tastier.

    • Sydney says:

      Honestly, because I had thawed them out to make something else and ended up making this. It’s simply what I had on hand. If you like thighs, use thighs. Don’t be afraid!

  11. Karaoke is on my bucket list. I am dying to try it! I also totally want to know where you worked. Though I imagine most everyday errand stores like that would fit the bill.

  12. Michelle says:

    OMG i know what my lunch will be the rest of the week now

  13. Your blog is beautiful, thank you for all the work you do for us! Those Del Posto cookies look wicked! I have a Gooseberry Caramel sauce that would be great for dipping them in. Check our the recipe at http://thecheflife.wordpress.com if you are interested :)

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