Curried Chicken Thighs with Buttery Croutons

September/October 2010

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These saucy curried chicken thighs makes a great dish for a big easy family supper. There’s plenty of curry sauce, so serve with brown rice or whole-wheat egg noodles. We call for boneless, skinless chicken thighs here, but we’ve also tried it with bone-in thighs and it worked wonderfully.

"Reads really good, however, I am on a sodium restricted diet, so no go for me. I will make it for guests, tho, and my grandchildren will love it. "
Curried Chicken Thighs with Buttery Croutons

Makes: 8 servings

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  • 3 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 10-ounce bag frozen peas (2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 slices whole-wheat country bread, crusts removed, cut into 1-inch cubes


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch (or similar 3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add half the chicken to the pan and cook until browned on both sides and just cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes total. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Repeat with the remaining chicken.
  3. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and onion to the pan. Cook, stirring often, until softened and light brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add curry powder, ginger, pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook for 1 minute. Sprinkle with flour and stir to coat. Add broth and milk. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in peas, mayonnaise and lemon juice (or vinegar). Pour the sauce over the chicken.
  4. Wash and dry the pan. Melt butter in the pan over medium heat. Remove from the heat and stir in bread cubes. Toss to coat. Arrange the bread on top of the casserole.
  5. Bake the casserole until it is bubbling and the croutons are golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 4; cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day or freeze for up to 1 month (defrost in the refrigerator for 2 days before baking). Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes, then bake at 400°F for about 1 hour.
  • Storage smarts: For long-term freezer storage, wrap your food in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil. The plastic will help prevent freezer burn while the foil will help keep off-odors from seeping into the food.


Per serving: 375 calories; 17 g fat (6 g sat, 6 g mono); 99 mg cholesterol; 23 g carbohydrates; 1 g added sugars; 31 g protein; 4 g fiber; 589 mg sodium; 454 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Zinc (22% daily value), Vitamin A (19% dv), Iron (17% dv), Folate (16% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1 fat

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Health & Diet Considerations
Diabetes appropriate
Low calorie
Healthy weight

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More than 1 hour
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