Apricot Chicken Curry (in a hurry!)

Guest Post from Amanda Arnold. This Apricot Chicken Curry is one of the many recipes featured in her cookbook Food before 5

apricot chicken curry in a hurry

I love quick and simple meals that can be prepared ahead and simply reheated at meal time.  Evenings are often crazy with so many other things to get done that spending an hour cooking dinner is sometimes too much to handle. This is a fantastic recipe that uses mainly pantry ingredients and tastes AMAZING!


apricot chicken curry in a hurry

Spray oil

1 onion, sliced

500g chicken breast fillets, thinly sliced

2 tsp curry powder

1 tsp mustard powder

¼ cup tomato sauce

2 tbspn apricot jam

1 tbspn fruit chutney

½ cup mayonnaise

½ cup cream


1. In a frypan over medium heat, spray oil & cook onion until soft.

2. Add chicken & cook for 5 mins or until cooked through.

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3. Add curry powder, mustard powder, tomato sauce, jam, chutney & mayonnaise.  Stir until combined.

apricot chicken curry in a hurry

4. Add cream, bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer for 5 mins. 

5. Eat immediately or cover & refrigerate until required.

Tips: If making ahead, cook rice at the same time as making the curry.  Store both in the fridge & reheat at meal time.

Storage: In fridge, covered or in airtight container for up to 3 days.  Freeze, in airtight container for up to 2 months.

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About Amanda Arnold

Amanda Arnold

My name is Amanda and I am mum to 3 young kids and author of a new cookbook called Food before 5.  After my 3rd child was born, I decided that I needed a list of simple recipes to help me get through that tough time at 5pm.  Trying to juggle a crawling baby, a fussy toddler, after school activities, homework, bath time and dinner was proving too much and often got the better of me.  For 13 years I worked in a professional services firm as a Chartered Accountant so stress was not a new concept for me but ‘home stress’ is something totally different!

Food before 5 is a cookbook with 85 recipes that are easy, affordable and realistic for any home cook.  It includes lunch boxes, starters & sides, main meals and desserts that can all be made ahead of time. It is the perfect tool for busy families with that afternoon school rush, people that like to cook in bulk and freeze, students learning to cook and basically anyone who loves simple, tasty recipes.

I manage my household on a tight budget which is why every recipe uses affordable & easy to find ingredients.

Food before 5 is only $19.95 and available from www.foodbefore5.com.au

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Amanda started on this journey when her 3rd child was born, and feeding a family of 5 became even more of a challenge with three children under 3 1/2 years of age! She started working on a list of recipes that were simple and affordable that she could make ahead of time so she wasn’t stuck in the kitchen at 5pm when the household duties kicked up a notch. Amanda’s goal is to create simple meals that anyone can cook and enjoy without spending hours in the kitchen. Her recipes are perfect for that busy weeknight dinner, snacks to fill the lunch boxes or for students learning to cook. It’s simple home cooking at its best to free up your time to enjoy the fun things in life — your kids! Check out her cookbooks at www.foodbefore5.com.au and her Simple Home Cook Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/foodbefore5

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  1. says

    Haha, just wanted to shout out: that’s a recipe we’ve been cooking for years, but yours is a bit different from ours: we just chop up chicken and onions — let them brown in the frypan. Then add apricots (mostly canned, since since is a recipe we usually only eat in the colder seasons), a little bit of soup, salt, pepper — and loooooots of curry. Let cook for a while. Takes less time than it takes for the rice to cook, so it’s a very convenient and quick dinner, ;-).

    I might try you recipe as well, though, just to get a different taste.

    Thanks for sharing.

    So long,

  2. Julie says

    Probably a really dumb question but do you buy chicken breast “fillets” or is that a way to cut regular chicken boneless/skinless chicken breasts? Thanks for a new recipe!

  3. Tracey says

    Just made this for tonight’s dinner while the kids are at school and my 8 month old is napping, YUM! Really hope they like it too..

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