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Palak Murgh- A Spinach and Chicken Recipe

October 30, 2018

Palak Chicken

  • 1 pound boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 green cardamom pods, skin off
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt

Marinate overnight or at least 2 hours.

  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • Salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 2 cups frozen chopped spinach- thaw the spinach in the bag and process it in a processor until smooth.
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

In a large, wide frying pan heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and sauté 30 seconds or till the seeds begin to sizzle. Add the cinnamon stick, cloves and black cardamom. Add the onion and sauté for 5-6 minutes on medium heat. Add the crushed tomatoes and sauté for another 5 minutes on medium heat. Add the salt, cayenne pepper, coriander powder, processed spinach and the chicken with the marinade. Cook on medium for 10-15 minutes or till all the moisture has evaporated. Taste for seasonings and add garam masala for garnish.

Chicken Curry with Carom Seeds: Nanoo’s Chicken

April 3, 2018

Delicious, delicious chicken curry- you won’t get this in any restaurant!
Nanoo's Chicken

  • 2 pounds skinless, bone-in, chicken thighs
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon ajwain
  • ½ cup extra light olive oil
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 3 large onion, sliced
  • 1 head of garlic, sliced
  • 2 inch piece ginger, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Salt to taste

Mix the yogurt, salt, cayenne pepper, garam masala and ajwain and add to a large mixing bowl. Add the chicken and marinate over night, or at least 3 to 4 hours.

In a large saucepan, heat the oil and add the cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and cumin seeds. Once the spices begin to sizzle, about 30 seconds, add the onions. Saute on medium heat till the onions are translucent and decreased in size by half, about 10 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic and sauté on medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the chicken and sauté for 15-20 minutes until the onions, ginger and garlic begin to disintegrate. Add the chicken stock and cook on low heat 40 to 50 minutes. Check for seasonings and serve with rice or fresh roti.

Portuguese Style Chicken with Saffron and Peppers

October 30, 2017
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 large sweet red peppers, cored, seeded and cut into strips
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • Salt
  • Pepper

1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Heat a wide skillet with the butter over high heat. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the chicken breasts and transfer them to the pan and cook over medium heat until lightly golden brown, about 4 minutes. Turn the pieces, reduce the heat and cook on the other side for another 4 minutes or till almost done- do not overcook. Transfer the chicken to a platter and keep aside.

Add the olive oil to the same skillet and cook the onion, peppers and garlic over medium heat, about 3 minutes. Take out of the pan and keep aside. Deglaze the pan with the orange juice and chicken broth and scrape the bottom with a wooden spatula. Add the saffron and crushed tomatoes. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the pepper and onion mixture back to the pan and cook for a minute. Add the chicken back to the pan and simmer for another 2 to 3 minutes to finish cooking the chicken. Check for seasonings and garnish with parsley.

Modified from New York Times

Chicken with Kumquats

February 14, 2017

Chicken with Tamarind and Kumquats

Kumquats are in season- make this!!

  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 to 1½ pounds boneless chicken thighs, skinned removed
  • Salt
  • 1 pack kumquats, sliced in half and deseeded
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon tamarind concentrate
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • Salt
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 cup mint, chopped

Heat a large saucepan with the olive oil. Sprinkle salt on the chicken pieces. Brown both sides on high heat for about a minute or two each. Take out and keep aside. Add the kumquats and ginger and sauté for a minute on high heat. Add the orange juice, tamarind, sriracha and agave. Bring to a boil and reduce the sauce down to about a cup. Add the chicken and bring to a boil. Lower to simmer and cover and cook for about 15 minutes or till the chicken is cooked through. Take the lid off and check for seasonings. Add the cilantro and mint for garnish. Serve with coconut rice.

Chicken and Cauliflower Stew

January 25, 2017

Great winter stew with yummy cauliflower… delicious weeknight meal…

  • 1 pound chicken thighs, cleaned and cut into bite sized pieces
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Add lemon juice, paprika, garlic, cilantro and salt in a blender. Blend till smooth. Take out and transfer to a medium bowl. Add the chicken pieces and mix well. Marinate for at least 2 to 3 hours.

  • 1 cauliflower head, cut into florets
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Place the cauliflower onto a lined cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle salt. Mix well and roast for 30 to 40 minutes till the florets are golden brown but not over done. Keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • Salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Heat a medium saucepan and add the olive oil. Add the onion and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes on medium heat. Add the tomato sauce and sauté for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the chicken and the marinade. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the cauliflower, bring to a boil and lower the heat and place the lid. Cook for another 10 to 15 minutes, till the chicken is cooked. Mix well and check for seasonings. Add salt and cilantro for garnish. Serve with a green salad.

Chicken and Mushroom Ragu on Herb Polenta

December 6, 2016

Delicious chicken stew over polenta…

  • 1 pound chicken thighs, skinned
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup pancetta, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Heat a saucepan with the olive oil on high. Add the pancetta and sauté for a minute. Brown the chicken for 2 to 3 minutes of each side. Sprinkle salt while browning. Take the chicken pieces out and keep aside.

  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Salt

Add the herbs in the pancetta mixture with the mushrooms. Saute on high heat till the mushrooms have cooked down including the excess liquid. Add the shallot and garlic. Saute for a minute and add the flour. Cook the flour for a minute and add the red wine. Scrape all the brown bits off the bottom and add the chicken broth. Add the chicken pieces and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes with the lid on. Take the lid off and make sure the chicken is tender and juicy. Turn the heat up and bring to a boil and cook till the dish reaches desired consistency.

Herb Polenta with Gruyere

  • 1 cup fine polenta
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 1½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup aged Gruyere cheese, grated

Bring the milk and broth. Add the herbs and salt. Slowly add the polenta whisking at the same time, stirring till it thickens. Turn the heat off and add the cheese. Mix well and check for seasonings. Serve with the chicken and mushroom ragu.

Chicken Parmesan

October 18, 2016
  • 4 to 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 1/4 cups seasoned dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for serving
  • 2 tablespoon Unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups homemade marinara sauce
  • 1 lb fresh mozzarella cheese sliced

Pound the chicken breasts until they are 1/4-inch thick. You can use either a meat mallet or a rolling pin.  Combine the flour, salt, and pepper on a dinner plate.  On a second plate, beat the eggs with 1 tablespoon of water and a pinch of salt.  On a third plate, combine the bread crumbs and 1/2 cup grated Parmesan.  Coat the chicken breasts on both sides with the flour mixture, then dip both sides into the egg mixture and dredge both sides in the bread-crumb mixture, pressing lightly.  Heat 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saute pan and cook 2 or 3 chicken breasts on medium-low heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until cooked through.   Add more butter and oil and cook the rest of the chicken breasts.

Lay the cooked chicken pieces in an oven proof casserole.  Ladle spoons of marinara sauce over all the chicken pieces.  Add the mozzarella slices on top and bake for 5-10 minutes in a 350 degrees oven until cheese is melted.  Serve with pasta or in a sandwich.