Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time360 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon plain flour
1 tablespoon tomato puree
2 teaspoons garam masala
One 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into pieces
2 cloves garlic, halved
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
450g red skinned potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1kg chicken thighs, skin removed and discarded (about 8 thighs)
150g baby spinach
2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander, plus extra for garnish

1. Combine the tomatoes with their juices, 2 tablespoons vinegar, flour, tomato paste, 1 teaspoon garam masala, ginger, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in the carafe of a blender or in a food processor. Puree until well blended and only slightly chunky. Set aside.

2. Spread the potatoes in the bottom of a 5-to-6-quart slow cooker. Sprinkle the chicken with the remaining 1 teaspoon garam masala, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and lay over the potatoes in a single layer. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Cook on high for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or low for 6 to 7 hours.

3. Uncover the slow cooker and stir in the baby spinach until wilted, about 1 minute. Let the curry stand, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken a bit. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon vinegar and chopped coriander and season with additional salt and pepper. Serve with additional coriander for garnish, with bread on the side for scooping up the sauce, chutney and/or Greek yoghurt.

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