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60th: Onion and Pepper Fried Chicken with Yoghurt

Yippee!!! This is my 60th post!! Wa!! Imagine.

Thank you all for reading my cooking journal, commenting, liking and even trying out these recipes. I’m humbled.

This meal I prepared a while back when we had a friend over for dinner. This dish closely resembles this one , however I used boneless chicken breasts and I also added some yoghurt.

white onion, green and red bell pepper

Ingredients

2 boneless chicken breasts cut into strips

1 medium sized white onion sliced

1/2 red bell pepper diced

1/2 green bell pepper diced

1 tomato diced

1/3 cup plain yoghurt

1 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp vegetable oil

Salt and pepper to taste

boneless chicken breast strips

Start by coating the chicken with the soy sauce. In a ziploc bag or polythene bag put the chicken strips then add the soy sauce then shake to ensure they are fully coated. Let it the chicken stand for 10 minutes or so.

marinating chicken

In a sauce pan, heat the vegetable oil. Add the chicken strips, stir to ensure the chicken browns.

browning

Let the chicken cook for about 15 minutes then add the onions and bell peppers. (I also added one tomato diced, after hubby’s advice). Remember to season with the salt and black pepper.

oh plus a tomato

Cover and let the tomato, onion and peppers cook down.

It’s ready to serve… well not just yet

Finally add the yoghurt.

the secret ingredient

Cover for about 5 minutes then stir and serve.

I served the chicken over steamed pasta but I believe it will taste even better with rice.

Dinner

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Coconut Chicken with Mashed Potatoes

I had missed eating potatoes and since I didn’t have the patience to bake the potatoes I decided to mash them. Making mashed potatoes is pretty simple, since you just boil the potatoes till they are completely cooked then you mash them like crazy. Of course there are a few spice addition here and there which I’ll share in a bit.

Sometime back my colleagues and I decided to do a lunch treat at a nearby food court. Being adventurous with the food selection I ordered some coconut chicken. Boy, wasn’t I disappointed, it was more like stewed chicken with lots of tomatoes and bell peppers and not even a hint of coconut, anyway since I had some boneless chicken breasts in the fridge I thought of making actual coconut chicken. After checking some online recipes I settled on trying it out my own way.

So for the potatoes;

Peel and wash the potatoes thoroughly. Cut them in halves. In a sufuria add the potatoes, salt and water to almost cover all the potatoes. In case you have fresh rosemary you can add about two sprigs. I also added some cinnamon bark.

Cover and let the potatoes cook completely.

Now for the chicken;

First, cut the chicken into bite size pieces. Add one tablespoon of oil in a skillet, then brown the chicken for about 3 to 5 minutes.

chicken!

Remove from the pan then set aside.

1 onion chopped, 3 cloves garlic finely chopped and 1 teaspoon of ginger finely chopped

In the same skillet heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil then add the onions, garlic and ginger.

Season with some salt

Since I was doing this for the first time, I didn’t want to use a lot of spices lest I miss the coconut taste.

So I settled for some cardamon pods, cumin seeds, coriander powder, curry powder and good old black pepper.

5 cardamon pods, 1 tsp coriander powder,2 tsps curry powder, 1/2 tsp black pepper and 1 tsp cumin seeds

Stir in the spice mixture.

all spiced up

Add 1 cup coconut milk and let it simmer with the spices for about 3 minutes.

Finally I added the chicken. (forgot to take pics 😦 )

Let the chicken cook for about 25 minutes or until the sauce is thick.

Back to the potatoes. Once fully cooked, drain any excess water, remove the cinnamon bark, then mash like crazy.

Mashed potatoes are like a blank canvas you can spice them up with almost anything. From chopped coriander or parsley to butter and milk. Adding some chopped spring onions or grating over some cheese.

Since I was out of parsley, I added 1 tablespoon of basil leaves, 2 tablespoons of margarine and about 1/4 cup of milk. The milk helps in making the mashed potatoes fluffy.

still in the mashing process

Dinner is served:

Mashed potatoes, coconut chicken and some fried cabbage and carrots.

Dinner

Not forgetting some kachumbari on the side.

Verdict:

Coconut – ty. The mashed potatoes were delicious and the basil added a nice touch. I’ll definitely be making this recipe again, of course with some few adjustments like more coconut flavour.

 

 

 

Onion and Pepper Fried Chicken

Once one gets married you sort of get different kinds of gifts from your spouse. So last week hubby dearest surprised me by buying some chicken legs and fish fillet. Yeah!!! I’m now more excited about chicken legs than chocolate.O-o  PS. He still gets me chocolate.

It had been a while since I had cooked some chicken legs. I was confused on what to do with them. After defrosting them, they lay on the kitchen counter as I tried to invent a recipe.

Still clueless on what to do with the chicken, I chopped up a white onion and sliced a bell pepper.

1 white onion chopped, 1 bell pepper sliced

So after much thought I decided to fry it.

In a saucepan/skillet add 1 tablespoon of oil. You don’t need a lot. Since I was using chicken legs from a broiler. They are pretty fatty. (I even had to trim some fatty off)

Place the chicken legs in the pan. Ensure you’ve sliced the legs to ensure the spices soak in.

Spices:

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon paprika

1 teaspoon black pepper

4-5 cardamon pods

Salt to taste

Sprinkle the spices on the chicken.

oily!!!

Cover and let the chicken cook for about 15 minutes on one side then flip over for the other side to cook.

I have to mention, at this point the aroma in the kitchen..Heavenly

The chicken…

After 30 minutes, and flipping the chicken twice. Toss in the onions and bell peppers.

all in…

So hubby, peeks and asks;

Hubby: No tomatoes?

Me: Should I add some them? (I reach for the fridge door to take the tomatoes)

Hubby: Yeah add at least one.

Me: I’m not so sure about it. I don’t want the sauce to be runny. (I toy with the idea and decide to just add one) 

1 tomato diced

Cover and let the sauce cook down for about 5 minutes.

Then serve with ugali and vegetables.

onion and pepper fried chicken 🙂

(sorry forgot to wipe the sides of the plate)

Verdict:

Goodness!!! Delicious. Very flavourful.

Hubby gave it a thumbs up and tick.

PS. The addition of the tomato was just the cherry on top. Thanks hun.

Indian Chicken Curry

I love chicken, so I’m always on the look out for easy chicken recipes. I decided to search online for some curry recipes, boy did I find many. I eventually settled on one that had easy to get ingredients. Armed with a shopping list I was ready to embark on this new journey of curries.

Upon reaching home I realised I missed some ‘minor’ ingredients (garlic,lemon juice) but that didn’t stop me. The great thing about cooking is even if you miss some ingredients you can still cook. This being chicken curry, then it’s safe to say the must have ingredient is chicken then again you can substitute it for fish. To eat is your own.

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon white sugar
salt and pepper to taste
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into chunks
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup plain yoghurt
3/4 cup coconut milk

In a skillet heat the vegetable oil, then saute the onions.

Sizzle sizzle

Once the onions are tender, stir in the ginger, curry powder, paprika, cinnamon, sugar, salt and pepper.

Stir for about 2 minutes

Add the chicken, yoghurt, tomato paste and coconut milk.

Stir in all the ingredients
The mixture

Bring the curry to a quick boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

The curry thickens after the simmering.

Serve over steamed rice or if you want to go all Indian serve over naan bread.

Tip: As a garnish, just before serving the curry, you can sprinkle some chopped dhania for extra flavour and colour.

Verdict:

Delicious!! Not to toot my own horn but I was shocked that I had cooked the meal.

The great thing with curries is that they taste even better the following day.

Treat yourself, try making this curry I guarantee you it will be a hit.

Soy Sauce Chicken with Lemon Sauce

Finally bought some boneless chicken breasts and I was very eager to try out a new recipe. I frantically searched for simple recipes that required stuff that I already had on hand. I found this one.

Funny enough mine didn’t quite look like the ones on site. Perhaps it’s cause I used one tablespoon of soy sauce instead of a teaspoon. ‘To eat is your own’ – Laura Vitale

Anyway, I didn’t do much to tweak the original.

Ingredients:

2 boneless chicken breasts cut into chunks

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 egg yolk

11/2 tbsp cornflour

3 tbsp vegetable oil for frying

Sauce:

Zest of 1 large lemon

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup water

2 tbsp sugar

Salt and Black pepper to taste.

Toss the chicken chunks with the soy sauce. Marinate for 30 minutes.

As the chicken is marinating make the sauce.

Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan and gently bring it to a boil. The sauce will thicken.

The lemon sauce

For the coating, mix the egg yolk with the corn flour.

Egg yolk and corn flour

Coat the marinated chicken with the mixture.

Heat some oil in a pan then fry the coated chicken. I did 5 minutes on each side.

Sizzle sizzle

Drain over a paper towel covered plate.

Crispy
Dinner 🙂

Served with some herb turmeric rice.

Delicious!

Verdict:

Heavenly!! The chicken was very crunchy and goodness the lemon sauce, never tasted such before. Finger licking good. Hubby enjoyed the meal.

It was too delicious there were no leftovers for me to carry for lunch 😦

If I could do it over gain:

Add a bit more black pepper in the sauce, to balance out the sweet and savoury, or reduce on the the amount of sugar to one tablespoon.

Guest Post: Chicken salad

A guest post from my pal Noni on what to do with leftover chicken.

Ingredients:

iceberg lettuce
1/2 a cucumber sliced
1 red onion sliced
1 carrot grated

1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

1/4 teaspoon of chicken masala

Dressing

Honey & mustard dressing

In a bowl, shred your lettuce. I used  my hands

shredded lettuce

Add the carrots,onions and cucumber

already looks yummy

Get your leftover chicken then shred it.

leftover

 In a small pan, re fry the chicken strips season with chicken masala and black pepper.

adding the black pepper to the chicken strips

I cooked the strips for about 5 minutes.

Once they are done, we are ready to finish the salad.

Add the chicken to the salad and toss.

almost done

Top off with your desired dressing and enjoy.

Delicious

Mint and Rosemary Chicken

I love herbs and I normally buy almost all the types that I can find in the supermarket. Some of the herbs that I use on almost a daily basis are sage, parsley, thyme and rosemary.

For the longest time, ( well 3 months) I have had mint on my spice rack but I had never used it. The back of the pack reads that one can use it lamb or poultry sauces. Other uses can be in sweet dishes

Well enough stories, so I had some chicken legs and decided to finally experiment with the  mint herbs. Since mint leaves are sweet, I also added rosemary leaves so as to give the savoury taste in the dish.

In a saucepan add the chicken legs season them with some salt and black pepper then sprinkle the dried mint and dried rosemary leaves.

add the dried mint and rosemary leaves

Cover for about 15 minutes and let the herbs diffuse into the chicken.

add one chopped onion and some chopped ginger

I also added 1 chopped eggplant and 2 diced tomatoes.

Cover and let them cook for about 10 minutes.

I served this over leftover ugali and veggies.

juicy