Chicken Curry Apple Stir-Fry Recipe with Art School Rice

Easy chicken apple stir-fry
Easy, simple curry chicken stir-fry. Gluten-free.

Crazy Simple = Crazy Good

Just in time for the last hurrah of summer, I thought I'd share a crazy simple recipe favorite that is spicy and sweet, infused with curry. Because I love to mix up flavors (don't you?). I'm interested in how traditions influence, enhance and co-mingle. Perhaps because I'm an eclectic heritage bundle myself. 

And vegans, don't assume this recipe isn't for you. In fact, I make a vegetarian version of this recipe all the time. Use drained canned chick peas in place of the bird- or slices of gluten-free tempeh- it's a fabulous meatless and budget-friendly option.

California update: I'm more than a little sorry to report that we have- officially- entered our final countdown phase, preparing for an ETD early Thursday. Over the next few days we'll be busy cleaning our sweet little Santa Monica sublet and packing up the Honda Fit to head east, back to rural New Mexico, back to the coyotes. Just in time for roasted green chile season.

Casa Allrich has not sold, you see. We lowered the price again. And Bubela, it's a rock bottom bargain, embarrassingly less than what we paid for it three years ago. If the Real Estate Goddess proves kind and merciful she will finally (after 26 months on the market) smile upon us, send us a buyer and grant our humble wish- to accept our losses and move on with grace and clear eyes open to a future centered in Los Angeles.

Santa Monica, California

It's been a dreamlike season here in Santa Monica. My fifty-sixth summer. I can hardly believe we've been here eight weeks already. Honestly and without irony, I ask you- where does the time go? I am deeply grateful for each and every minute spent in the company of our two sons. They inspire me and make me proud. I hope to be back here in Southern California quick as a wink to continue the conversation with these two.

Until then, I'll be blogging again from north of Santa Fe starting next weekend.

Here's a few tasty End of Summer Picnic Recipes to keep your taste buds happy till I get back on-line on August 24th.

See you soon! xox

Chicken Curry Apple Stir-Fry Recipe

Recipe posted August 2009.

An easy weeknight stir-fry with warm harvest flavors this recipe can be a super fast toss-together dish by using bagged cole slaw mix and cooked chicken. For a vegetarian version, substitute the chicken with a can of drained chick peas.


You'll need:

About 2 1/2 to 3 cups Art School Rice- recipe follows

2 tablespoons light olive oil
1 tablespoon red or green Thai Kitchen curry paste- hot or mild, to taste (start with less if you prefer it mild)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2 heaping cups finely shredded cabbage or slaw mix
3 large carrots, sliced into matchsticks
1 apple, peeled, cored, chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice, more if needed
1/2 cup golden raisins
2 generous cups of cooked chicken pieces* see notes


Heat a large deep skillet over medium-high heat; warm the light olive oil and curry seasoning. Add the garlic and stir briefly.

Add in the shredded cabbage, carrots, and apple; stir and cook for five minutes.

Add a half cup of apple juice and cook until the vegetables and apples are tender-crisp - about seven minutes. If you need a splash more apple juice, add it in.

Add the raisins, cooked chicken pieces, and cooked rice, and stir-fry until all the juice is absorbed and the chicken is heated through.

Serve immediately with a garnish of slivered almonds, if desired.

Serves 4.

Karina's Notes:

If you don't have cooked chicken on hand:

Cut 3 split chicken breasts into tenders. Stir-fry with the vegetables until no longer pink in the center- about ten minutes.

My hummus makes a tasty condiment for Asian inspired stir-fries and brown rice.

If you like creative flavor combos, try my Peanut Chicken Stir-fry.

Karina's Art School Rice Recipe with Curry, Carrots and Raisins

Posted August 2009.

I lived on this simple dish in art school. It was my favorite comfort food. Most often I would stir-fry the cooked rice with thinly sliced carrots, or sometimes fresh baby greens. Slivered almonds add protein and texture.


1 cup long-grain brown rice, rinsed
1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice or cider
2 cups water or light broth for added flavor
2 carrots, cut into matchsticks
1/4 cup golden raisins or dried cranberries
1/2 to 1 teaspoon gluten-free curry paste- mild or hot (I use Thai Kitchen)


Combine the ingredients in a rice cooker and follow the manufacturer's instructions - or - combine the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, cover; reduce heat to low, and cook for 40 minutes or until the liquid has evaporated.

Let the rice rest for 5 minutes before serving. Fluff with a fork and serve as is, or stir-fry the cooked rice in a touch of olive oil with slivered carrots, cashews, or baby spinach leaves.

Protein Boost Options:

Serve with a sprinkle of slivered almonds, pine nuts or chopped walnuts

Add drained canned chickpeas to warm through just before serving

Serve with a dollop of fresh homemade yogurt on the side

Serve with hummus

Serves 4.


If you are making this rice dish for the Apple Chicken Stir-Fry recipe, it is not necessary to add the raisins or apple.

In case you may have missed it, here is my recipe for Brown Rice Pilaf with Variations.

Chopped apples, raisins and cinnamon make a perfect combo for breakfast.

xox Karina


  1. I love your site, Katrina. I wanted to tell you that we also have just gone through a long and frustrating house-selling process, and, lo and behold, a mere two weeks before OUR ETD a woman has come, made an offer, inspected the place, and we've all signed a contract. I think she's even pre-approved for a loan. Two parties, a very motivated seller and a very motivated buyer, found each other just in the nick of time! And it will happen for you, too.

    (We also had priced the house very low, and after ten months of trying to hold on to a more dignified price, we finally decided to let go. And it feels GOOD).

    Good luck to you! And thanks for your inspiring, poetic, and life-affirming posts.

  2. I've heard so many people say that summer is winding just doesn't feel like it in Texas. I am still stir-freezing ice cream and thinking about lemon frozen yogurt.

    So sorry to hear that the house hasn't sold. My life seems to be built on the old adage - when one door closes, another opens. I hold onto that when I can't see what's next.

    I love your Art School Rice...divine!

  3. Kristine22:39

    Karina, I love your recipes, but I am moved by your from-the-heart comments and finally I am sending you a comment. Somehow you strike a cord in my heart concerning your search for home and your love of your sons, and your poignant sense of the perceived passage of time. I am younger than you, and yet I seem to be in a similar place of transition and heart. I find comfort and connection when I read your moving and funny words. Also, it's funny, I am from California ( Pacific Palisades!) and now live on the other side of the continent in another country and your wish to be with your sons in LA rings in me - even though i pine for somewhere closer to here.

    I just wanted to let you know, however ungracefully, that what you write reaches me. And I love your recipes!

    I hope peace finds a place in your heart, and that dreams come true for you in a way that brings you joy.

    I look forward to checking in on your blog in the meantime!

  4. sorry about the inadvertent extra letter in your name!! :)

  5. Karina - yes, I love to mix up flavors! But curry, be still my heart. I'm a sucker for anything with curry.

    How lucky you were to have had this summer to spend living near your sons. What a treat - for them and for you. With any luck, you'll be packing up the Honda Fit again very soon and heading to SM for good. I'm sending lots of good wishes your way for that to happen!


  6. didn't know if you'd had a chance to see this, so i sent on a link

    much love and yumminess

  7. Hi Karina,

    This look delicious. I am already a fan of your art school rice, so I will have to try this sometime, too. I am so glad you had such a lovely summer in Santa Monica spending time with your sons, and I hope you are able to return sooner than you know. have a safe trip back to New Mexico and the roasted green chiles, and thanks so much for your wonderful postings this summer and all the year through.



  8. So sorry to hear about your lack of luck selling the house. It has to be tough!

    As for the curry, by Thai Kitchen curry paste, do you mean the red paste?

    This sounds great!

  9. This sounds absolutely delicious, and since today is shopping day, these items might go on my list! Thanks for all the wonderful recipes. I always look forward to seeing what you'll make next.

  10. Love the art school rice - Yum!!

    Best of luck with selling your house!! I'm sure it will happen sooner than later. I'll send some good find-a-buyer vibes your way =D.

  11. Karina, reading the art rice recipe was a trip down memory lane for me - I lived on this stuff and vegetarian curry, all the way through grad school with absolutely no money for food. Seems to me, it is time to dust off the recipes again.

  12. This sounds delicious!

    Safe, smooth & happy travels!!

  13. It feels like summer has just started for us. Just the past week has started to get those crazy temperatures and everyone's saying summers over. Hope it sticks around a little while longer.

    Great recipes as well. They look delicious. I will have to try them soon and hopefully my summer won't come to an end just yet.

  14. Robert16:27

    This looks fantastic. Great photos.

  15. Karina12:14

    You could use the green paste or the red paste- according to taste. Both work.

    Recent blog:=- Curried Apple Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe with Art School Rice

  16. Guest19:29

    Great site Karina - wonderful recipes, although I haven't tried them yet, I'm sure they're great. I'm in Northern NM too - welcome back to the 'hood. Iv y

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  17. Guest21:57

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  18. Lady J15:06

    I should buy your place, haha! I can't wait to move to NM for art therapy school, but that won't happen till 2011. By the way, our grocery stores started carrying the Hatch chiles last week. Yummmm, I love them!

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  19. Karina14:20

    Muchas gracias!

  20. Sweet Feet Yoga Mama21:01

    This was delicious! Even my 3 young children ate it with no complaints tonight. Thank you for so many yummy recipes that have inspired me despite the challenges of cooking around my son's food allergies (wheat, dairy, soy and eggs).