South Africa

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South African Chicken Curry

Simple chicken curry from South Africa. Apple, raisins, and coconut add sweetness to a savory dish.

Total time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6-8


  • 3 cups white rice
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil1.2kg chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups celery, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 can (284ml) chicken broth
  • 3 cups 1% milk
  • 1 can (284ml) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • raisins, sweetened shredded coconut, peanuts (for garnish)


  1. Cook rice according to package instructions. We find that a rice cooker is the easiest method.
  2. In a large frying pan, cook chicken cubes in vegetable oil. Ensure chicken is cooked through, then set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Add celery and onion and cook on medium heat until soft (about 10 minutes). Then add apple and continue cooking until tender (another 5 minutes).
  4. Combine cornstarch, curry powder, and chicken broth. Stir into onion mixture.
  5. Add milk to onion mixture.
  6. Cook on medium heat, stirring, until thick and bubbly (about 5-10 minutes).
  7. Reduce heat to low. Stir in cooked chicken and mushrooms. Heat through.
  8. Serve over rice. Add raisins, shredded coconut, and peanuts as garnish.

Family Ratings

  • McM: 5/5, my new favorite curry dish!
  • Papa: 4/5

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