Campsite cooking is probably our favourite thing about camping! We are always trying out recipes that are quick to prepare with minimal ingredients and easy clean up.
Butter chicken is a classic Indian curry that is most often mild but very flavourful and quite hearty. Adjust the amount of ingredients to suit your number of guests. You can make your own butter chicken sauce but the beauty of this dish is that it we used a shelf-stable prepared sauce. There are lots of brands available so you should be able to find one in a well-stocked grocery store or international market.
We used raw chicken that we cubed up at home and kept in a zip-lock bag so it could be dumped into the pan without worry about contamination. You could easily precook the chicken which might be a good idea if you’re using an ice-filled cooler for your fresh items. If you want to make this vegetarian, double the amount of potatoes or substitute tofu.
Canned potatoes work perfectly because they are par-cooked already. Frozen peas keep very well in a container, even in a cooler, as well. We enjoy roasting our own peppers but jarred ones work great, too. You can use raw bell pepper if you add it early in the preparation so it can sauté and soften. Other vegetables you might try would be onion, zucchini, baby squash, or pre-cooked sweet potato.
Roasting bell peppers at your campsite is fun and easy. You can prepare them on a camp stove, portable grill, or over the campfire. Roast extra! They’re great the next day chopped up into hash browns or sliced and served with pitas and hummus for lunch!