Calypso Curried Chicken

  • Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 25m
  • Rating ****

Makes 4 servings

As a result of trade with India during the eighteenth century, this hearty curried chicken dish became popular in England and the American colonies, especially in seaports.


  • One 8-ounce can pineapple tidbits (juice pack)
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (1 pound total)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped green sweet pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • One 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons currants or raisins
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped cashew pieces (optional)


Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Set aside. Rinse chicken; pat dry. In a plastic bag combine flour, 1 teaspoon curry powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Add chicken breasts, one at a time, and shake to coat well.

In a large, heavy skillet brown the chicken on both sides in hot oil over medium-high heat. Remove chicken from skillet. In the oil remaining in the skillet, cook green pepper, onion, and garlic till tender but not brown. Stir in drained pineapple, undrained tomatoes, currants, 1 teaspoon curry powder, crushed red pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Bring mixture to boiling; return chicken to the skillet. Cover and simmer for 8-12 minutes, or till chicken is tender and no pink remains. Remove chicken from the skillet; keep warm.

Stir together cornstarch and reserved pineapple juice; add to tomato mixture. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Serve sauce over chicken. If desired, garnish with cashews.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.

RecID 2271

nutrition information per serving

441 calories; 10g total fat; 137mg cholesterol; 660mg sodium; 27g carbohydrates; 5g fiber; 58g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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