This is a family recipe from India – I have modified it a bit with chicken thighs and coconut cream as the original recipe is for a whole chicken and sour cream. If use wish to use boneless chicken thighs that is fine as it is less messy, but it will miss some of the heartiness.

Ingredients :

3lbs Chicken thighs  bone in

1/2 cup of oil (coconut oil for paleo diets) or ghee

2 cups finely chopped onion (approx 2 large) I prefer Vidalia – however use what is on hand

3 inch stick of cinnamon

3 tbsp chopped garlic

2 tbsp chopped ginger

2 cups chopped tomatoes (2 large)

1 tbsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp turmeric

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp Garam Masala

1 tbsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper

1 cup coconut cream

2 cups water

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Putting it together:

In a large pan, heat oil on medium heat for 1 minute. Add onions and cinnamon, and saute for 5 to 8 minutes, until onions are golden. Add garlic and saute for another 4 minutes. Add ginger, tomatoes, salt, black pepper, turmeric, cumin, coriander, garam masala and cayenne. Coook this masala for 5 minutes, or until oil separates from the masala.

Remove and discard the skins from the chicken thighs, wash thighs and add to masala. Stir well. Cook chicken thighs for 10 minutes, until the chicken looks cooked on the outside. Add coconut/sour cream and water and stir well. Increase heat to medium high. When curry starts to boil, reduce heat to medium, cover and coook for 15 minutes, stirring 2 or 3 times, until chciken is completely cooked. Poke thighs with with a knife and if they are still pink cokk for another 5 minutes. Remove and discard the cinnamon stick.

Cool curry for at least half an hour. You will not have to do this with boneless thighs. Transfer cooled chicken to a mixing bowl. Wearing latex gloves remove chicken meat off the bones. Discard the bones and stir chicken back into curry. Just before serving heat curry on medium heat unitl it starts to boil lightly. Stir in cilantro.

Serves six or in my house two people for 2 days.