When it is the season for oven-baked dishes this recipe for Mango Chutney Chicken pops into my head. It cooks for just over an hour but it comes together easily with only a few ingredients. It is one of those everyday dishes that freezes well and makes two or three meals for us.
The combination of sweet mango chutney and some curry powder will create an aroma of the exotic flavours of India right in your kitchen. There will be plenty of the sauce so I serve this dish with lots of rice and sometimes I make it my coconut rice.
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Mango chutney isn’t quite a pantry staple but when I think of oven-baked dishes I specifically buy some to make this recipe.
Chutney originated in India and is known as a spicy condiment that can be made of fruits or vegetables. Chutney is cooked with vinegar, spices and sugar and is typically served on the side of many Indian dishes. It can be sweet or hot and should most often be gluten free.
After a little research I found both Patak’s sweet mango chutney and Sharwood’s mango chutney to be gluten free. I appreciate companies who provide helpful information about gluten and food allergens on their product labels and websites. When I’m grocery shopping I support these companies and in my area I can easily find these two brands.
In North American many people think of curry powder as a spice you buy at the store. However, curry powder is actually a unique combination of spices that varies widely among cultures and regions. It often includes coriander, turmeric, cumin, fenugreek and chile peppers and sometimes has ten or more other spices. Quality does matter but ultimately it is your personal taste that counts. Purchase small amounts of curry powder and don’t be afraid to try different brands. If you belong to a Gourmet Dinner Club plan to purchase ingredients like good quality spices, share them and enjoy the culinary adventure.
This is a recipe adapted from one of the Silver Palate cookbooks that I have been making for many years. When I receive homemade chutney as a gift (usually peach or apricot) I sometimes substitute it for the mango chutney in this recipe.
Let me know in the comments below if you like this Mango Chutney Chicken or if you altered the recipe a bit.
|1/4 cup butter|
|4 tsp curry powder|
|3 Tbsp white wine|
|1 cup sweet mango chutney|
|12-16 chicken thighs|
|GARNISH - chopped green onion and coconut flakes|
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