Nepalese Chicken Tarkari with Garlic-Spinach Rice & Spiced Tomato Sauce

Nepalese Chicken Tarkari

with Garlic-Spinach Rice & Spiced Tomato Sauce

30 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

In the Himalayan country of Nepal, tarkari is enjoyed as a daily meal with wonderful complexity of flavor. Though it usually refers to vegetable curry, the word can describe any number of variations. Here, we’re making pan-seared chicken, served over a creamy, gingered tomato sauce—both seasoned with traditional curry spices. We’re rounding out the tarkari with a side of aromatic rice, infused with garlic and finished with sautéed spinach.

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  • Calories
    655 Cals (est.)
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Start the rice:
2 Start the rice:

In a medium pot, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the rice, a big pinch of salt and 1½ cups of water; heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Set aside in a warm place.

Cook & drain the spinach:
3 Cook & drain the spinach:

While the rice simmers, in a large pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the spinach; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until wilted. Transfer to a strainer; hold or rest the strainer over a bowl. Using a spoon, press down on the cooked spinach to release as much liquid as possible; discard the liquid. Transfer the drained spinach to a cutting board and finely chop. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the chicken:
4 Cook the chicken:

While the rice continues to simmer, pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season on both sides with salt, pepper and half the spice blend. In the pan used to cook the spinach, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken; cook, loosely covering the pan with foil, 4 to 6 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board, leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan. Set aside in a warm place.

Make the tomato sauce:
5 Make the tomato sauce:

Heat the pan of reserved fond on medium-high until hot. (If the pan seems dry, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil.) Add the white bottoms of the scallions, ginger and remaining spice blend; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the tomatoes; season with salt and pepper. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until thickened and slightly reduced in volume. Add the crème fraîche and simmer, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined. Remove from heat; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Finish the rice & plate your dish:
6 Finish the rice & plate your dish:

Slice the cooked chicken crosswise. Add the chopped spinach to the pot of cooked rice; stir to thoroughly combine and season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the finished rice and tomato sauce between 2 dishes. Top the sauce with the sliced chicken. Garnish with the green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

2 Start the rice:

In a medium pot, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the rice, a big pinch of salt and 1½ cups of water; heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Set aside in a warm place.

Start the rice:
Cook & drain the spinach:
3 Cook & drain the spinach:

While the rice simmers, in a large pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the spinach; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until wilted. Transfer to a strainer; hold or rest the strainer over a bowl. Using a spoon, press down on the cooked spinach to release as much liquid as possible; discard the liquid. Transfer the drained spinach to a cutting board and finely chop. Wipe out the pan.

4 Cook the chicken:

While the rice continues to simmer, pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season on both sides with salt, pepper and half the spice blend. In the pan used to cook the spinach, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken; cook, loosely covering the pan with foil, 4 to 6 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board, leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan. Set aside in a warm place.

Cook the chicken:
5 Make the tomato sauce:

Heat the pan of reserved fond on medium-high until hot. (If the pan seems dry, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil.) Add the white bottoms of the scallions, ginger and remaining spice blend; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the tomatoes; season with salt and pepper. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until thickened and slightly reduced in volume. Add the crème fraîche and simmer, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined. Remove from heat; season with salt and pepper to taste.

6 Finish the rice & plate your dish:

Slice the cooked chicken crosswise. Add the chopped spinach to the pot of cooked rice; stir to thoroughly combine and season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the finished rice and tomato sauce between 2 dishes. Top the sauce with the sliced chicken. Garnish with the green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

Finish the rice & plate your dish:
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