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Sweet Apple Chicken Curry

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  • Sweet Apple Chicken Curry has a pleasant balance of textures and flavors.

    Sweet Apple Chicken Curry has a pleasant balance of textures and flavors.
    Deb Lindsey/for The Washington Post


2 ribs celery

1 large onion

1 medium red bell pepper

2 medium cloves garlic

2 medium Granny Smith apples

1 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

6 tablespoons flour, divided

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon curry powder

teaspoon ground cinnamon

teaspoon ground cumin

2 cups no-salt-added chicken broth

Leaves from 4-6 stems flat-leaf parsley

Cut the celery, onion and red bell pepper into small dice; combining them is OK. Mince the garlic. Core the apples, then cut them into bite-size chunks.

Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces (on the large side) and place in a quart-size resealable plastic food storage bag, along with cup (4 tablespoons) of the flour. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Seal and shake to coat evenly.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, add the coated chicken (shaking off any excess flour). Cook until lightly browned on both sides; the chicken might not be completely cooked through. Transfer to a plate.

Add the butter to the skillet; once it has melted, add the celery, onion, red bell pepper and garlic, stirring to coat. Cook 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened. Add the apples and stir to incorporate; cook for about 5 minutes, then stir in the curry powder, cinnamon and cumin. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant, then evenly sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons flour over the mixture and stir to incorporate. Cook 2 minutes, then add the broth along with the chicken pieces and any accumulated juices. Increase the heat to medium-high; once the mixture starts to bubble, reduce the heat to medium and cook about 10 minutes. The mixture should continue to thicken as it cooks, and the chicken should be cooked through.

Taste, and add salt and pepper as needed. Turn off the heat and let the curry mixture sit for a few minutes before serving.

Finely chop the parsley; sprinkle over each portion. Serve hot.

Serves four to six.

Nutrition values per serving (assumes 6): 270 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated), 14 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 28 g protein, 85 mg cholesterol, 170 mg sodium.

Adapted from a recipe by Danielle Hrzic, president and co-founder of Gourmet Gorilla, included in "The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook" by Heather Lalley (Voyageur Press, 2011)

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