Cherry Chicken Curry

I have been seriously running for the last 3 years and so far I’ve competed in a few half marathons and a 25k! I love how recreational running is so accessible. You really only need good running shoes. Which is not to say that it’s easy. I’ve learned a lot through experience, and mostly making mistakes. It’s easy to train too hard, get injured, or be unprepared for a race. In an attempt to avoid any of those possibilities I like to read articles/books about running technique. I found some information about cherry juice and the positive effect it has on marathon running! In the study “Influence of tart cherry juice on indices of recovery following marathon running” researchers examined “the effect of a tart cherry juice blend taken before and following running a Marathon on markers of muscle damage, inflammation and oxidative stress” (Howatson, 844). They found that the cherry juice had a significant effect on the muscle soreness competitors feel post-race, “post-race strength loss was similar between groups, with a more rapid return of strength in the cherry juice group vs placebo, [this] indicates that consumption of the cherry juice may have served to blunt the secondary muscle damage response” (Howaston, 848). If this method is something you want to try, the participants drank “the supplement [8 oz cherry juice] every day before, the day of the Marathon and for the 48 h following the Marathon. This equated to 5 days supplementation before the Marathon and 8 days of supplementation in total” (Howaston, 844). You can drink cherry juice and make this cherry chicken curry as your pre-race dinner! Runners aren’t the only ones to benefit from cherries. In another study, “Tart cherry juice decreases oxidative stress in healthy older men and women”, researchers found that, “consumption of tart cherry juice containing high levels of anthocyanins improves the capacity of older adults to resist oxidative damage during acute oxidative stress (Traustadottir, 1896). Cherries are good all around! In this recipe, the marinated chicken is simmered with coconut milk until thickened and snow peas are added right at the end. I served with rice and extra sliced cherries. Happy cooking (and running)!

Yields: 2 servings



1 cup sweet onion, chopped

1 cup cherries, pitted

3 cloves garlic

1 tsp ginger root

½ tsp cumin

½ tsp turmeric

½ tsp cardamom

1 tsp garam masala

1 tsp salt

1 lb chicken, thighs or breast

1 Tbsp olive oil

½ cup coconut milk

½ cup brown jasmine rice

1 cup snow peas


1. At least 2 hours and up to 24 hours before cooking, marinate the chicken. In a food processor or blender, combine the onion, cherries, garlic, ginger, cumin, turmeric, cardamom, garam masala, and salt. Process until thick paste. Cut the chicken into cubes and mix with paste. Cover and refrigerate (2-24 hours).

2. Heat olive oil on medium heat and add chicken with marinade. Cook for 10 minutes.

3. Cook rice according to package instructions.

4. Add coconut milk and cook another 10 minutes or until thickened. Add snow peas last few minutes, stir to combine.

5. Serve over rice!

Works Cited

Howatson, G., et al. “Influence of Tart Cherry Juice on Indices of Recovery Following Marathon Running.” Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, vol. 20, no. 6, 2009, pp. 843–852.

Traustadóttir Tinna, et al. “Tart Cherry Juice Decreases Oxidative Stress in Healthy Older Men and Women.” The Journal of Nutrition, vol. 139, no. 10, 2009, pp. 1896–1900.

Author: Lucy Lafranchise

Photographer: Jack Klipfel