Tropical Curried Chicken with Rice

by Erica Dinho on November 22, 2009

chicken and curryGuest posting today and sharing her delicious recipe is Velva Knapp from “Tomatoes on the Vine”. Velva has a beautiful blog filled with fantastic recipes.

Growing up in South Florida, food was as diverse as its people.

Today, my cooking reflects all of my food and travel experiences. I am not sure what inspires a person to have a passion for cooking. I am at my happiest not just when I am feeding a few, but when I am feeding a crowd. Where does it begin? Looking back, I could not find a single epoch in my life that would clearly define my passion for all things FOOD! Yet, there were definitely signs, events that added together would be equal to the moment that I was attempting to discover. I am reminded that life is often like that….a collection of events, that when reflected on, collectively tells the story.

My husband convinced me to submit the recipe below for the Annual “North Central Florida Cooks” sponsored by the local newspaper. I won first place in the entree category with this recipe. This prize winning dish has evolved over the years to its present splendor. Try it and you’ll see, or feel free to change it! This is still my favorite recipe to serve a houseful of guests.

Chutney provides a delicious shortcut in this lime and red bell pepper accented curry served over Basmati or Jasmine rice.

(Serves 4 and easily doubled and tripled)

Note: All measurements are approximate and you will need to adjust to your taste.



  • 2- 1/2 lbs. of chicken legs and thighs
  • 3 Tablespoons oil
  • 3 Tablespoons good quality curry powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 (12 ounce jar good quality chutney
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 1/8 cup chopped green onion for topping
  • 1/4 cup chopped honey roasted peanuts
  • Prepared hot and ready to serve long grain rice (preferably a basmati or jasmine)


Rinse chicken and pat dry. Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper and curry powder. In a large skillet, heat oil until hot. Add chicken pieces, skin side down. Brown chicken until lightly golden on both sides. Add chutney and 1/2 of the red bell pepper. Simmer 30 minutes over medium low heat.

Transfer hot rice to a large serving platter. Place cooked chicken on top. Garnish with green onion, red bell pepper and peanuts. Surround platter with lime wedges.

As an extra, I like to add fried plantains to the serving platter or as a side dish.

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Erica November 22, 2009 at 9:31 AM


This chicken dish looks and sounds delicious. Thank you so much for the recipe.

I really appreciate it :)



2 Angela November 22, 2009 at 9:42 AM

What a crowd pleaser! Great flavors and beautiful dish. Thanks!


3 Simply Life November 22, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Oh my, this meal looks absolutely delicious!


4 anncoo November 22, 2009 at 10:49 AM

This dish looks great! Would like to try this soon.


5 Angie@Angie's Recipes November 22, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Erica, that’s awesome curry dish! It’s so untraditional, so different, so delicious!


6 Erica November 22, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Thank you guys for visiting my site!


7 nora@ffr November 22, 2009 at 12:28 PM

This is absolutely mouth watering yum… i must try this some time sooner maybe for dinner :)


8 Jhonny Walker November 22, 2009 at 1:12 PM

velva…another great dish!!! And an instant crowd puller :)


9 monicajane November 22, 2009 at 3:43 PM

I’m hungry and this just made me realize it’s time for a trip to the kitchen…yum!


10 rebecca subbiah November 22, 2009 at 4:53 PM

great and spicy recipe Velva love it


11 Sook November 22, 2009 at 8:19 PM

oh wow, that is so cool that you won first prize with this recipe. I will definitely have to try this curry recipe. I love anything curry. I can’t get enough curry recipes, it seems. :)


12 Sarah Naveen November 22, 2009 at 8:59 PM

curried chicken is one of my Favorites ..this version looks a bit different and interesting…
Looks absolutely delicious…


13 Pearlyn November 22, 2009 at 10:56 PM

You have such a beautiful blog ! I am fascinated by all the new ingredients that I’ve not heard of before , this curry dish are quite similar to our local dry curry , thanks for sharing !


14 Kim November 23, 2009 at 12:03 AM

I love Velva’s blog, this is a great recipe!


15 Ivy November 23, 2009 at 1:06 AM

Love all these flavours in your dish. No wonder this won the first place.


16 Ben November 23, 2009 at 12:30 PM

I can see why this recipe won. And I love the disclaimer that ingredients should be adjusted to your taste. That’s always the best way to cook :)


17 Erica November 23, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Thank you everyone for reading Velva’s post!


18 danielle November 23, 2009 at 10:54 PM

I love curry!! This dish sounds wonderful!


19 Cynthia November 24, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Your curried chicken looks fantastic.

It is nice to put a face to the name Erica :)


20 the epicurean's market November 25, 2009 at 12:48 PM

sounds so exotic, looks absolutely delicious!


21 Oysterculture November 28, 2009 at 10:55 PM

What a wonderful tasty sounding dish, it sounds just incredibly good. Thanks for sharing, judging by the photo your award was well deserved.


22 Erica November 29, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Thank you everyone for visiting my blog :)


23 House Hold Sensors March 18, 2011 at 12:15 PM

I always visit new blog everyday and i found your blog.~~:’`


24 Sophia Hussain August 8, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Specifically what kind of chutney do you use?


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