First, I ground up ~1/2C sliced almonds in the food processor to make a fine almond meal and put 12-15 dried Mediterranean apricots in super-hot-but-not-boiling water to plump them back up:
Next, I browned my salt & pepper sprinkled chicken in a lightly oiled pan for about 3min per side (not all the way cooked, but golden brown on each side), then added a little more oil (1/2 tbsp?) to the pan and softened up some onion (1 small onion), garlic (1 big clove), and ginger (big tbsp):
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Once those were soft and tasty-smelling, I added about 2 tbsps of curry powder and 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper to the skillet, letting that cook for a couple minutes to toast and get fragrant:
Once that was all good-smelly, I added about 2 C of homemade chicken stock, the ground almonds and the plumped apricots. Once that came up to a simmer, I returned the chicken to the pan to finish cooking. I'll admit, however, that I didn't cook the chicken long enough and had to return it to the pan once we dug in... but let's ignore that for the time being. :) I cooked the chicken in the "sauce" for about 10min... these were thick breasts and after 10min they still weren't cook through! I was afraid I'd over-cooked them... nope!
I took the chicken out, turned up the heat to let the sauce reduce and concentrate a little. Once it reduced by about a third, I turned off the heat and added 2 big tbsps of greek yogurt and a little salt and pepper, to taste.
I served the chicken on a bed of brown rice with some chopped scallions as garnish. The combination of heat (cayenne), sweet (apricots), and curry was outstanding! I think I might try this again with lentils, potatoes and maybe cauliflower for a vegetarian dinner. I really liked this curry, great balance of flavors. We drank Red Stripe with this because it was cold, bubbly, refreshing, and available. Any lager-style beer would have probably worked well here, for the first time in awhile, I actually don't recommend a wine with this... I just don't think a white could have cut it.