September 5: Saint Teresa of Calcutta Easy Chicken Curry

3 things you may not know about Saint Teresa:

1. She was born with the name Agnes; she took the name Mary Teresa in honor of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (a picture of her can be found in the room she lived out her life in)

2. She’s actually from Macedonia, not India.

3. She received her “calling within a calling” as founder of the Sisters of Charity at the age of 36; and she chose the design of their habit based off of those who had the lowest, most degrading of work (those colors were their uniforms!).

2 tips for this recipe:

1. Serve with rice or naan (this is my favorite naan recipe these days!)

2. If you have someone like my husband in your life, someone who really loves spicy food, you can add dried red peppers in at the end to a smaller portion of your curry–everyone wins!


8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, chopped into small pieces
Salt and pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 cup onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ginger, peeled and minced
1 tablespoon
2 tablespoons garam masala
1 tablespoon curry powder
28 oz crushed tomato
1 cup plain whole milk yogurt


 1. Season chicken on both sides with salt and black pepper to taste. Set aside.

2. Turn temperature on stove to medium-high. In a good-sized pot, melt the oil in the pot, then add the onion and sauté until it begins to soften.

3. Add garlic and ginger and cook until softened, stirring occasionally.

4. Add paprika, garam masala, and curry powder, and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring, until the spices fill the air with their amazing fragrance.

5. Add the crushed tomatoes and the chicken; stir to combine. Let curry sit and stew for at least 45 minutes, or longer!

6. Before serving, add the yogurt to the curry. Enjoy!

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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