Banana and Chicken Curry

 

Ok I admit it, I love cooking reality shows. My favorites are Chopped, Top Chef and The Next Iron Chef. I love to see the cheftestants think on their feet and see what creative dishes they come up with out of the mystery ingredients. I was so inspired by Chef Nate Appleman on episode 1 of this season’s Iron Chef Redempition. The ingredient was bananas and he came up with a banana curry. Why didn’t I think of that? I love curry, I have made pumpkin curry, coconut curry, sweet potato curry etc… Bananas seem like a no brainer, but I have never seen it before. Now I had to try my hand at this. Next trip to the store I bought a bunch of bananas and the game was on. It was just as delicious as I thought it would be, my kids didn’t even know there was banana in it, they get weird when I put fruit in savory dishes, but they ate every last bite of it. Now what else can I put bananas in…

Banana and Chicken Curry

3 bananas peeled

2 T Olive Oil

1/2  t salt

3 chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces

1 t chopped garlic

1 T minced ginger

1 1/2 T curry powder ( I used a Sri Lankin mix but any would work)

1 jalapeno chopped

2 c chicken broth

1 c diced carrots

1/2 t cayenne papper ( optional)

2 T chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 400

Place bananas on a baking pan and drizzle with 1 T olive oil and sprinkle with salt, cook for 7-10 minutes

 

In a large pot or dutch oven add 1 T olive oil, chicken garlic, ginger and jalapeno, cook until chicken is brown. Add cooked bananas, and use the back of a wooden spoon to mash. Add curry powder, cayenne, carrots and chicken broth, stir together, bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, stir in chopped cilantro and serve over rice.

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Zucchini and Orange Salad

Sometimes you just have to pretend you are on the Food Network Show, Chopped. I end up with a little bit of this and a little bit of that left in the fridge and I need a side dish. Well zucchini and oranges were on sale this week and I guess I over bought and the Italian parsley was overtaking my whole garden. I guess that is what was in my “basket”. I have eaten stranger combinations in my life and I was going to have to throw it out any way, and if it works I look like a culinary genius. Game on.

So I got out my vegetable peeler and sliced my 2 zucchini into ribbons, Peeled and sectioned 1 orange and chopped my parsley, about 2T. Threw that into the bowl, added 1T red wine vinegar and about a Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, some salt and pepper.

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So the moment of truth, Will Ted be calling my name to be Chopped? I liked it, really light and fresh, the citrus woke up the zucchini, which can be a dull and flavorless vegetable, especially when raw. Cue my husband entering for dinner, he sees I have a weird look and questions me and what I will be serving. I say with confidence, “Zucchini and Orange Salad”. Really he asks, I tell him to just try it it’s good. He does, but with caution and says” it’s not bad, better than I thought.” I think to myself, well I liked it, and he doesn’t really like vegetables anyway. But then I notice he keeps taking more and more from the bowl throughout dinner. I guess that makes me the Chopped champion.