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If you’ve never heard of this, it’s probably because you don’t live in the South. This is completely, 100% Southern. What’s funny is– I have no idea why that’s so. I don’t really associate curry and cilantro with the South–but hey, I didn’t make this up. It’s usually got some bacon in it and served over rice, but for budget and time’s sake, I didn’t use bacon– I did, however, saute the chicken in bacon renderings. My favorite.  As you can see from the picture, we used drumsticks. I strongly advise you to follow the recipe below and use boneless chicken thighs (skinless, if you want) because drumsticks, as cheap as they may be, take forever + a lifetime to brown and cook through.


  • 1 lb. boneless chicken thighs, skinless will work too
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 t garam masala
  • 1 t curry powder
  • 1/2 c raisins
  • 2 t fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 lime, juiced


In a skillet, melt some fat over medium-high heat. Salt and pepper the chicken thighs. Sear them on both sides until browned and cooked through. Remove from the pan and place on your serving platter.

Add the diced onion, garam masala, curry powder and ginger to the saute pan. Saute until the onions are tender. Add the coconut milk, raisins and lime juice. Simmer for a few minutes. Spoon the sauce over the chicken thighs.

Top with fresh cilantro and sliced almonds.


You will probably have leftover sauce. Here’s an idea to use it up…

To the remainder of the sauce, add 2 cups of chicken stock. Ta-da, you’ve made a coconut curry soup. Add leftover pulled chicken thighs or roughly dice up a pound of chicken breasts and add to the soup. Let the soup simmer on medium heat until the chicken is cooked through.

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    August 5, 2010 at 4:40 am

    That looks really yummy!

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    Todd Stephens
    August 22, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Not to be a party pooper, but I’ve lived in Florida my entire life, and I’ve never heard of this. Looks tasty though.

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      January 20, 2013 at 9:56 pm

      ooooh. Not to be a party pooper, but Florida ain’t “The South” 😉

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      Kathy Austin
      September 23, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      I’m from Louisiana and never heard of it either. None of my relatives from Mississippi have. Don’t think it’s really a Southern thing.

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    megan keatley
    August 22, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    a bit of history for ya: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/25/magazine/25food-t-000.html?_r=1

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    April 12, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    loooooved it!! thanks for being so awesome you two!

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    March 1, 2013 at 6:08 am

    I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for months and have only just tried it tonight, I’ve seared the chicken lightly and then put it all in the oven in a big dish to let it get all gooey and awesome. It smells incredible, hoping this will be another to add to the list of Recipes From Health Bent I Eat Every Week!

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