let’s go portuguese – caril de frango (chicken curry)

I met a lovely Portuguese lady through my team at GuruShots | The World’s Greatest Photo Game – her name is Maggie and lives in Lisboa, I gave her the nickname Magic Maggie because she always gets good rankings and wins. She is our team captain.

Yesterday she told me that she was eating Caril De Frango during one of our matches … so I had to look it up, chicken curry!!!! Didn’t know that Portugal had their own chicken curry. When I looked at the ingredients = everything I had. So Friday dinner was solved.

And what an easy dish to make and so tasty. I’m not a fan of really hot curries, so this came out just perfect and I loved the freshness that the soft boiled apple wedges gave to the dish.

I don’t drink wine when I’m on my own, so the times I need wine for cooking I need to open a bottle (small) and the leftover I freeze. When I use frozen wine I always use about 5ml sugar per 50ml wine, to take away the sharpness in the wine.

Caril de Frango (chicken curry) – serves 4 – total preparation time: 40 min

450 g (1 pound) chicken breast, cut into medium pieces
5 ml salt
45 ml curry powder
100 ml ( 0.45cup) flour
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
30 ml of oil
100 ml (0.45 cup) white wine + 10 ml sugar (frozen leftover wine)
400 ml (1.7 cup/1 tin) coconut milk
zest of one lemon or lime
1 Royal Gala apple, peeled and cut in thin wedges
chopped coriander for garnish (used frozen – I love frozen herbs)

  1. Wash, dry and cut the chicken breast into medium chunks.
  2. Finely chop the onion and crush garlic cloves.
  3. Mix well flour with curry and salt. Coat the chicken chunks very well.
  4. Heat up oil in a heavy-based pan ( I used my wok) and brown the chicken chunks.
  5. Take the pan off the heat while adding onion and garlic – and soft fry – I always take the hot pan off the heat while I soft fry so I don’t burn the garlic. The pan is still hot enough for that.
  6. Put the pan back on the burner and drizzle the white wine which I have dissolved the sugar in. I always use sugar with I use frozen wine, to take the sharp edge of it. Add the coconut milk and let simmer under a lid for about 8 min.
  7. Peel and cut the apple. Add the apple wedges and the lime/lemon zest. Let simmer for another 6 min.

The rice you cook to instructions – I put the rice on when I added the wine to the chicken. Perfect timing. I can’t really put this under “QuickFix”, but when everything is prepared it takes less than 20 min to cook. While the rice is cooking you finish off this dish.

Serve the curry in heated blows and scatter chopped coriander, fresh or frozen.

I found 2 recipes online and I combined them and I must say it worked out very well, I think I can proudly invite Maggie over for dinner. The only thing is that she is Gluten intolerant, but I can use almond flour instead if it comes to that.

Had planned to visit Porto over Christmas with my friend Bärbel, but as it looks today is there no Lufthansa flights landing in Porto, but they haven’t cancelled our flights yet. Only 3 weeks to go. I need to cancel our apartments before the 15th of December, so Lufthansa better makes their mind up soon. We don’t really want to go away, it’s such uncertainty about lockdowns … or no lockdowns over Christmas. I can rebook our tickets for 2021 without they cancelling.

So for Christmas, we can enjoy this dish here at my place .. and pretend we are in Porto. It will my first Christmas at home since 2012 … I will be so bored!!!

“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.”
Émile Zola

14 thoughts on “let’s go portuguese – caril de frango (chicken curry)

    • Janet, it’s a really nice curry and so easy to make. This with hot sauce on everything .. I think it’s man-thing. *laughing. On Fiji, there are loads of people for India living and of course also many Idan restaurants and of course, we wanted to try out real Indian food. Bunch of girls and a deck officer. Everything was so hot … steam coming out our ears, then they asked if we wanted ice cream as dessert, but he didn’t dare .. because I thought it was going to be hot too. I use to say that when you go to the toilet the next morning after eating Indian food – you land in Tokyo. *laughing. Have a lovely weekend. Any turkey-leftovers?????

  1. Have so loved your music whilst trying to figure out the possible origin of this delightful ‘curry’ ! Nought Portuguese in my book and I cook ‘curries’ and always have at least 3 – 4 times a week. . Twenty-three glorious countries from where to choose one’s dishes ! I always maker my own pastes and rubs . . . am afraid very, very much more flavoursome . . . a real curry needs personal character ! The closest to any country I get here is Thailand ‘tourist’ 🙂 ! Cannot understand you not having wine on your own 🙂 ! I don’t believe that has happened in my world since I was a teenager 🙂 ! . . . hugs . . .

    • Eha, I love all you cheerful hellos that land in my inbox. The commercial with the bulls. Absolutely priceless. I collect them into a bunch and then I open by one, my evening entertainment. I don’t do Instagram, but I can see the post. I make my rubs … but doing my own pasta ??? NO-NO!!! I never drink on my own … I like company with my glass of wine or GT! Never drink wine on my own, doesn’t taste good. This summer has I taken 2 Porto Splash with myself as company, but that also the only 2 times I can remember for years, but I’m a very small consumer of any alcohol. SaturdayHug.

      • Interesting to see the ‘travel talk’. Horses for courses – things are totally different in Australia – because of our very strict rules our Covid results are wonderful and most people are quite understanding. grateful. But we have already been told there will be no international travel, esp to Europe and the US for all of 2021 even if a vaccine is being used 1/3 of the way into the year. No trust that everyone elsewhere will do the right thing ! Travel bubbles will probably be made with Singapore, South Korea, Japan and possibly Vietnam as they behave like us. Our favourite lands to visit anyways 🙂 ! We still only have 907 deaths for the whole country for the whole pandemic and over 800 of those came from the same misadventure in hotel quarantine. Oh DO be careful if you are able to go anywhere !!!! (Bulls ad . . . glad you understood the very Australian humour !!)

      • Eha, so you are stuck down under … *smile 907 is too many as it is … but we have over 6000 – terrible, even if we are doing okay otherwise. I’m always careful even here at home in Landskrona. At times I think there are places safer than here in Landskrona. Still haven’t heard from Lufthansa, but they need to make up their mind if they are flying or not, but of course, they hope that the restrictions will be better for Christmas. I love the bulls … especially the comment to the ram!!! Thanks again for all the fun notes you send me. Love them.

      • Good ! Working full time and living in the ‘bush’ I cannot quite manage posts – but I read an awful lot of VERY varied stuff and am SO impetuous ! As far as I am concerned the ‘delete’ button takes five seconds 🙂 ! I thought yesterday’s ‘seal shower’ from our Taronga Zoo’ takes a lot of ‘beating’ ! love . . .

      • I read about your technical problems, glad it got sorted. Thanks for the mails, especially little Timmy! So heart-aching cute. I hope that he grows into a healthy and sexy male. The seal showers are so good. Love things like that .. when animals feel good and groovy.

  2. I love the music, Vivi! Got it playing as a lovely backing track 🙂 🙂 Sorry about Porto! We’re in the same situation with the UK. We have a flight on 21st for 5 days but not sure if we will go. Leeds is a hotspot for the virus and we have to fly into Manchester so I’m not looking forward to the journey, but we’ll see… I love Christmas with James.
    I’m not sure about the apple in this but I don’t mind raisins in curry so I expect I’d like it. Easy enough, even for me! I have cake to share- we had a ladies night on Thursday to say goodbye to friends who are going back early to self isolate for 14 days. I’ll have to have a proper look at your Photo Game. I’ve seen it on Facebook but never taken time to see what it’s all about. Sending sunny morning hugs, sweetheart!

    • Jo, in India the always use apple in curries … they start with oil, spices and apple … the apple helps to burn the species off before adding the protein Sorry, that you friend has to go in self-isolating on her return to the UK. I don’t know if Portugal will lift some of the restrictions for Christmas … I really want to go, but as it’s today Lufthansa isn’t flying to Porto .. but that may change closer to Christmas. Ryan is flying.. I really hope that you will be able to go over to the UK for Christmas with James and his little family.
      Glad you like the music cloud, I really like that song too. No very little about Portuguese music, but with Google nothing is possible. Today I been to the day clinic and got my flu jab – was suppose to get one for pneumonia too, but they had run out of vaccine. So back for that another day. This year I don’t take any chances … to get the flu mixed up with COVID-19. WeekendHug.

    • Yes, it really is and I still hope it will happen, but if they don’t lighten up on their restrictions I think it will be difficult. Ryan Air is flying, but Lufthansa … no. But that could change by Christmas. Got my flu jab today. At least I’m covered for that. *smile .. You’re so right, testing times.

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