Recipe testing can be tough work. Sometimes, you just snap your fingers and get it on the first try. That’s when you profess, “damn, I’m good.” Those occasions are few and far between for me. Other times, your recipes just fail, miserably. We’re talking “can’t feed it to another human being” kind of bad. On those days, I eat chocolate to commiserate. That’s when my stress munchies hit me the hardest.
It took me three tries before I got these green tea cupcakes right. Imagine how much chocolate and cupcakes I had to go through before writing up that recipe! Food blogging is tough, isn’t it?
After eating all those cupcakes, chocolate, and frosting (plus some crispy roasted potatoes on the side), my body felt like it gained a brand spanking new spare tire. Let’s just say that things were not pretty. I don’t even want to talk about how my jeans felt.
So for the past two weeks, I’ve been a bit more carb conscious. Don’t worry, I’m not about to go all low-carb diet on you. I like eating bread too much for that. But there are those days when I feel that swapping out carbs for vegetables is just what I need to make my body feel better. Collard greens are fantastic for this. The leaves are so strong that you can use it as a wrap or fold it in half for tacos. If you’re not on top of this yet collard wrap train already, you need to get on it!
A few months ago, I saw this crock pot chicken tikka masala recipe on The Roasted Root that I’ve been eyeing for a looong time. I knew I had to try it because this is one of those set-it-and-forget-it slow cooker recipes that I have an acute fondness for lately. Unfortunately, I didn’t have all the ingredients in the recipe, so I adapted it into a curried chicken dish. Even though this isn’t a true tikka masala, the flavors of this curried chicken is purrrrfect!Print
Slow Cooker Curried Chicken Tacos with Avocado Crema
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 7 hours
- Total Time: 7 hours 20 minutes
- Category: gluten-free, lunch, dinner
Slow Cooker Curried Chicken
- 2 pounds (900g) boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 15-ounce (425g) can of diced tomatoes
- 1 TBS coriander seeds, ground
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp fresh ginger, chopped
- 1 1/2 tsp ground tumeric
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 3 chiles de arbol, roughly chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 star anise
- 1/2 cup (120ml) chicken stock
- 1 large ripe avocado
- 1/3 cup chopped cilantro (tiny handful)
- 5 TBS low-fat yogurt
- 1 1/2 TBS lemon juice (I used meyer lemons)
- 1 to 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 bunch of collard greens (preferably with at least 8 leaves)
- 1 large red pepper, thinly sliced
- 1/2 small head of red cabbage, thinly sliced
- PREPARE THE CHICKEN: In a medium bowl, mix the chicken with the diced tomatoes, spices, and onions together, leaving out the star anise and chicken stock. Pour all the contents into a slow cooker. Add in the chicken stock and star anise. Set the slow cooker on low for 7 to 8 hours, or on high for 4 to 5 hours.
- PREPARE THE CREMA: When the chicken is about done, start making the crema. Blend all the crema ingredients in a food processor until everything is smooth. If sauce is a bit thick, add another tablespoon of yogurt.
- PREPARE THE WRAPS: Rinse the collard greens with water and pat them dry with paper towels. Trim off the tough stems.
- When the chicken breasts are cooked, shred them with a fork. Assemble the tacos by adding some chicken, red pepper, and red cabbage inside a collard green leaf. Top with some avocado crema.
- Store any leftover avocado crema in an airtight container. It should last for another 5 days. Remember to give it a quick stir before serving it again.
Curried chicken loosely adapted from the Crock Pot Chicken Tikka Masala recipe from The Roasted Root.
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