When I first went public with the idea of celebrating “Drink Wine With Dinner” Day, one of the first people to respond was Alan Gilmour, from the UK, who operates the excellent http://healthymattersnews.com blog.
His comment: “What a great idea to create time to celebrate. Let’s get the corks popping and the food prepared!” (Alan, I couldn’t have said it better myself!)
When I asked Alan about the most popular foods in Britain today, he spoke fondly of the ubiquitous chicken curry, and mentioned that he and his wife like to drink Gewurztraminer with it.
That was all I needed to come up with a healthful version, full of veggies, that packs loads of flavor. Here’s how ~
Start with 1 1/2 to 2 lbs boneless chicken thighs (or a part you prefer). Trim away fat and gristle; cut into bite-sized pieces.
In a big pot, bring 3-4 cups of broth, water, wine, or a combination, to a simmer.
In a wide pan, over medium heat, sauté 1 large onion, chopped, and 3-6 cloves garlic (or more, to taste), until soft and golden. Stir in curry powder (your own blend, or store-bought*) and sauté 3-5 minutes. Transfer to pot.
Stir sweet potatoes into pan and sauté ~5 minutes; add carrots and broccoli. Cook 5 minutes more (this helps brown the edges and develop flavor); transfer veggies to pot.
Stir spinach into pan; sauté 2-3 minutes until wilted; transfer to pot.
Add more oil to pan if necessary; increase heat to high. Add chicken pieces and stir constantly to brown all sides. Transfer chicken to pot.
Simmer 10-15 minutes until chicken is cooked through and tender. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Serve with rice, plus a glass of Gewurztraminer ~ from Alsace, Germany, Oregon, California or other cool-climate region.
Our featured Gewurztraminers are from Balletto, in Sonoma County, and from Philo Ridge, Ferrington Vineyard, in the Anderson Valley of Mendocino. Enjoy!
Cheers, my friends ~
* I often make my own curry blends, but when I’m pressed for time, I use a good commercial product, and add some extra spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg, plus cayenne if I want extra heat. Have fun experimenting!