Simple Curried Chicken Wings

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What dish would you prepare in a busy day when you find out you only have chicken wings inside your refrigerator? Ah… one can think of a lot of things I would say. Oh well, I also found two pieces of potatoes, the usual spices and curry powder. Tada! A simple curried chicken dish. Yeah yeah, no coconut milk and other things so I refuse to call it chicken curry… but it’s finger-lickin’ good! ;-)

Chicken wings
1 onion, diced
4-6 tbsp of crushed garlic
A piece of ginger, julienned
Potatoes, cut into chunks
Curry powder
Freshly ground peppercorns

Mix together a teaspoon of curry powder, peppercorns and salt. Sprinkle the mixture on chicken and marinate for 2 hours.

Heat oil in a casserole. Fry garlic and ginger until aromatic. Add the chicken and sear to render fat and natural juice. Sprinkle more curry powder; add onion and saute for another couple of minutes. Throw in the potatoes and saute until the potatoes and chicken wings are nicely coated with curry. Pour in a cup of water, adjust seasoning if necessary, and simmer until the sauce thickens, chicken is tender and potatoes are done.

By the way, I’ve found this Foliage theme… looks bagay sa mga gulay-gulay. I like it! Should have made a post about Oh My Gulay right away :-).

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

6 thoughts on “Simple Curried Chicken Wings

  1. just tried this recipe today w/ chicken breasts naman. plus coconut milk.
    masarap! thanks for the recipe, at least naiba naman from the usual adobo or afritada. buti na lang nandyan si ISKa….

  2. Hi Julia! Thanks for visiting my site :-) And you’re right… it’s better with coconut milk. I should keep cans of ‘em in the pantry haaay!

  3. Fantastic new look! Great job iska! One way to add more flavour into this dish:

    Roast the wings, make a stock with the roasted wings, sieve & set aside.
    Saute onions, garlic, ginger until aromatic. Add curry powder, cumin and coriander until flavours are released. Add stock. Boil to simmer and add the potatoes. Dump the wings and add some more curry powder & garam masala for more intense flavour. Thicken with yogurt or cream.

    It’s a much longer process, but done with more fire & affection!
    Only when you have the pleasure of time. :)

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