Using a Riverford vegetable box to make chicken and beetroot curry

November 13, 2017
Chicken and beetroot curry

A Riverford vegetable box is a box of fresh organic vegetables delivered directly to your door. I made a chicken and beetroot curry with some of the contents.

These days fruit and vegetables are available all year round. It is easy to get food that is not in season. By choosing food that is not in season we are missing out on taste. Seasonal food is much more flavourful and it is also cheaper.

Read more: Eat seasonal: November – recipe ideas and a list of what is in season in November.

Identifying fruit and vegetables that are in season is not always easy. When you have lots of choices how do you pick out what food is in season? Riverford are organic farmers who deliver fresh fruit and vegetables to your door. The produce is seasonal so every box will be different from the last. It is a great way to try the best flavour of the season and get inspiration for new recipes. Organic farming is also better for the environment.

chicken and beetroot curry

What’s inside the Riverford Vegetable Box

I got the small vegetable box (£10.95). This contains six varieties of vegetables packaged so they arrive safely. Packaging is minimal which is great.

Riverford vegetable box


Inside the box were:

Inside the Riverford vegetable box

It is a great selection of vegetables that I would use normally and some that were new to me. The box also has a leaflet with news from the Riverford, tips for storing the vegetables and ideas on how to use them. There is also a recipe to help you make the most of the vegetables. This time it was a recipe for aromatic and beetroot curry. My recipe for chicken and beetroot curry uses this as the inspiration.

As it was my first vegetable box it came with a Riverford Autumn and Winter Veg Book. This is a fabulous book which is full of recipes and hints about Autumn and Winter vegetables. If you are not sure how to use some of the vegetables you will find inspiration in this book. This is a lovely idea and so nice to receive with the box.

Riverford Autumn and Winter vegetable cookery book


Riverford autumn and winter vegetable cookery book

How many meals did I get out of the Riverford vegetable box?

From my Riverford vegetable box I was able to make four main meals. So what did I make?

The leeks and potatoes made a lovely leek and potato bake which is one of our family favourites. It is also a lovely warming dish for the winter. The chard and beetroot went into the chicken and beetroot curry, the recipe for which is below.  Roast beef for Sunday lunch went nicely with the broccoli and chard. The chard also went into a chicken stir fry. Any remaining chard went into sandwiches for lunches. I also put the cherry tomatoes in the lunch boxes as a snack.

What else do Riverford deliver?

Riverford delivers a wide range of organic produce. You have the choice of fruit boxes, vegetable boxes and meat boxes. If you prefer you can get a combination fruit and vegetable box or a meat and vegetable box. These come in a range of different sizes, small, medium, large and bumper so you can choose a box size to suit your families needs.

If you are lacking inspiration for your meals why not try a Riverford recipe box? These contain all the ingredients you need to make either two or three meals for two people. The portions are generous and when I tried one of these boxes I was easily able to feed my family of three.

Read more: Riverford Recipe Box.

Riverford also delivers a range of sweet treats which are perfect for Christmas. Mince pies, clotted cream, brandy butter, Christmas puddings and much more. We tried their organic mince pies which were very tasty and make a lovely treat.

Riverford mince pies

Riverford delivers the boxes once a week. The day will vary depending on the delivery area. Riverford collects the empty boxes and reuse them so they do not go to waste.

Making a chicken and beetroot curry

Chicken and beetroot curry

Chicken and beetroot curry is quite easy to make. The only thing that takes time is roasting the chicken and boiling the beetroot. If you are short on time just substitute ready cooked chicken and beetroot and you will have a meal that is ready in about fifteen minutes. It would be a great way to use up left over chicken from a Sunday roast.

Beetroot is one of those vegetables that I don’t normally cook from scratch. It is easy to prepare, just give it a scrub then boil in water for around thirty minutes. You know it is ready when it is soft. The beetroot has a lovely earthy taste which is perfect for a winter day.

To make the curry chop up some onions and gently fry them until soft. Add some curry paste and then the beetroot which is cut into slices. Stir up then pour in the coconut milk. Simmer this for a little while then add the chard and chicken. Let the chard cook until it wilts slightly then sprinkle with coriander and serve with rice. It is a lovely filling meal, perfect for a cold day.

Chicken and beetroot curry recipe

Chicken and beetroot curry

A warming winter curry which will bring a touch of colour into the winter months
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Alison Maclean


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 onions
  • 4 tbsp mild curry paste
  • 500 g cooked beetroot
  • 400 ml tin of coconut milk
  • 125 g mixed chard
  • corriander to serve


  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
    Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and leave to cook for 30 - 35 minutes until the juice run clear.
    Whilst the chicken is cooking wash the beetroot and put in a pan of water.
    Bring to the boil and simmer for around 30 minutes until the beetroot is soft
    Drain and cut the beetroot into small wedges. (You might want to wear gloves or you will get red fingers!)
    Peel and chop the onions.
    Put the oil in  a pan and fry the onions until they are soft.
    Add the curry paste and stir though.
    Add the slices of beetroot to the pan and mix the spices though.
    Add the coconut milk and cook for ten minutes until it thickens.
    Stir in the chard and let it wilt.
    Chop the chicken into pieces and stir though.
    Season with salt and pepper and chopped fresh corriander.


Serve with rice or nann breads.

Have you tried a Riverford vegetable box before? Let me know below.

Why not pin the recipe for later?

chicken and beetroot curry. A delicious warming winter meal made using seasonal vegetables from a Riverford vegetable box.


I was sent a Riverford vegetable box to try. My opinions are honest and my own.

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