Thursday, March 3, 2011

I adore ethnic cuisine! I had to share this one from India-
not difficult and soooo flavorful. Adjust the cayenne pepper amount if needed. The yogurt cools it down though.And rice is there to the rescue, lol.

Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 50 Minutes
Ready In: 2 Hours 20 Minutes
Servings: 4
1 cup yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
4 teaspoons salt, or to taste
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut
into bite-size pieces
4 long skewers

1 tablespoon butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
3 teaspoons salt, or to taste
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1.     In a large bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, and 4 teaspoons salt. Stir in chicken, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
2.     Preheat a grill for high heat.
3.     Lightly oil the grill grate. Thread chicken onto skewers, and discard marinade. Grill until juices run clear, about 5 minutes on each side.
4.     Melt butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic and jalapeno for 1 minute. Season with 2 teaspoons cumin, paprika, and 3 teaspoons salt. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Add grilled chicken, and simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter, and garnish with fresh cilantro.

NOTE: With it being winter when I tried this, I just used an electric skillet instead of grilling the first time. Second time around we put it in the oven on the broiler pan. Both worked really well! If warm weather returns soon, it is going on the grill.

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