Weekend Wine Pairing: Chicken Curry with Cashews paired with…

Over the weekend, you could place an order for take-out, or spice it up in your own kitchen and try making some chicken curry with cashews. Although you may need to stock up on some spices (which you’ll probably use again down the road), this dish is relatively easy to prepare. Tape up your wrists because layers of flavor will jump off your fork and deliver a kick to your taste buds. Speaking of foods with some kick, we’ve paired some wines for you to try under the recipe below. Enjoy!

Chicken Curry with Cashews


  • 1/8 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 onions (finely chopped 2 cups)
  • 2 large garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp peeled fresh ginger (finely chopped)
  • 3 tbsp curry powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 3 1/2 to 4 lb chicken (cut into 10 serving pieces)
  • 1 diced tomatoes (ounce)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup cashews (1/4 pound)
  • 3/4 cup milk (plain whole-milk yogurt)
  • fresh cilantro (chopped)


  • Heat butter in a 5- to 6-quart wide heavy pot over moderately low heat until foam subsides, then cook onions, garlic, and ginger, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes
  • Add curry powder, salt, cumin, and cayenne and cook, stirring, 2 minutes
  • Add chicken and cook, stirring to coat, 3 minutes
  • Add tomatoes, including juice, and cilantro and bring to a simmer, then cover and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through, about 40 minutes

(If making ahead, see cooks’ note, below)

Just before serving:

  • Pulse cashews in a food processor or electric coffee/spice grinder until very finely ground, then add to curry along with yogurt and simmer gently, uncovered, stirring, until sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes
  • Cooks’ note: Curry, without yogurt and cashews, can be made 5 days ahead and cooled completely, uncovered, then chilled, covered
  • Reheat over low heat before stirring in yogurt and ground cashews

Wine Pairings for Chicken Curry with Cashews

Riesling (REEZ-ling): A semi-sweet wine with peach & citrus

Pouilly-Fuissé (poo-yee fwee-SAY): Dry wine with a flinty taste & nutty aroma

Chablis (shab-BLEE): A dry white with lemon and pepper balanced by vanilla, pineapple, and spicy oak flavor

Have a great weekend.


The Hello Vino Team