Monday, January 10, 2011

Crock Pot Country Captain

Country Captain is a curried chicken dish which also calls for tomatoes, onions, garlic, green pepper, curry powder, and currants or golden raisins.  Coconut is often used and some recipes recommend garnishing with slivered, toasted almonds.

Stories about the origin of this recipe are diverse, but most agree that the recipe came from India and was first served in the United States in Savannah, Georgia, a port city renowned for international spice trade in the 19th century. 

I made my Country Captain in the crock pot because I had a super busy day planned.  The recipe is adapted from the blog, A Year of Slow Cooking.

Crock Pot Country Captain
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped
1 large onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. curry powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 quart tomatoes with their juice

Place chicken in bottom of crock pot then add the rest of the ingredients in the order given. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until chicken is tender. Serve over rice and sprinkle with coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper if desired. 


  1. I am going to have to give this dish another try, the first time I made (from another source) it was too sweet for me. I notice your recipe has no added sugar, thanks. I am still learning to eat curry, it is new in my cooking rotation.

  2. The apples & the raisins in the curry are most definitely a western addition. The original was most likely too hot/spicy for a western palate? But this recipe intrigues me & I'd like to try it out just to see how these flavors blend together.