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Mascarpone & Pesto Chicken with Grilled Bell Peppers

17 Sep

I love all the seasons but this time of the year is my favorite; when the summers are going and winters are setting in. The weather in between these seasons is wonderful when there is sprinkle of rain. When the weather is good, a tempting meal is always essential. While I sipped into my tea last evening with this pleasant weather, I wondered what exciting I could make. Nothing could beat a creamy soft chicken, freshly baked in my oven.

So I  had actually bought mascarpone long time back and had been wondering what savory dish I could make with it. Making tiramisu or a cheesecake is a standard thing to do. But I really wanted to try to be innovative. So trying these flavors with the chicken was a wonderful idea. Also, I added some grilled bell peppers which always go along well with a baked dish. Another wonderful thing about trying this chicken was I didn’t wanted to pan fry or cook it. I wanted to bake it! Let me tell those you haven’t tried baking a chicken, it’s actually the most easy thing to do.

So firstly I washed 3-4 pieces of chicken breast…..

Pesto Chicken

Then I mixed the mascarpone cheese, homemade pesto and season it with salt and pepper. Let it rest aside….

Pesto chicken

Slit the chicken breast and put the pesto mixture…

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Drizzle some olive oil on the chicken and season with salt, pepper and oregano…

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Put the bell peppers and season them and oil them… Cover the chicken fillets with breadcrumbs and put in a well greased shallow dish…

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Bake it for 20-25 mins at 180 degree celcius…

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Serve oozing hot with some crispy bread….

 

Here is the recipe:

Preparation Time: 15 mins

Baking Time: 25- 30 mins

Serves: 4 person

Ingredients:

4 chicken breast fillet

3 tbsp mascarpone cheese

1 cup Pesto sauce

2-3 tbsp olive oil

1 cup breadcrumbs

1 tsp oregano

1/2 cubed yellow bell pepper

1/2 cubed red bell pepper

salt to taste

pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degree celcius/ gas 6.
  2. Mix together the pesto and mascarpone. Add salt and pepper to taste. Keep aside.
  3. Use a small sharp knife to make a slit along the side of each chicken breast to form a pocket. Fill carefully a quarter of the pesto mixture into each chicken breast pockets.
  4. Brush a little oil about 1 tsp all over the chicken breast and season it well with salt, pepper and oregano.
  5. Tip the breadcrumbs onto a large plate and season it with salt and pepper. Place each breast on the plate and press all over with the breadcrumbs.
  6. Place the chicken and bell peppers in a lighly oiled shallow dish. Drizzle over some remaining oil.
  7. Cook in the oven for 20-25 mins until the chicken starts to turn golden ans is cooked through and serve with a crusty bread.

 

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Orange Chicken

11 Sep

Some how I love how we cook Chinese in India. I always feel that the chef in India give a more powerful taste in our country. As India is always known for its more stronger tastes but in most other countries I have experienced their cuisines to be a bit bland. China is no different, atleast to Indians their tastes may be a little bland.

This one is a Chinese appetizers. We often indulge in making main course but this is a simple scrumptious appetizer and full of flavors. If you love sweet and tangy taste of  chicken then this is a must try. For this I did the following:

At first I collected all the ingredients for my recipe and started to prepare the orange sauce. I mixed all the ingredients for the orange sauce and set aside.

 

orange chicken

Now for the frying batter, I mixed all the ingredients of the frying batter and whisked it till the batter was smooth. Then I threw in the diced chunks of chicken in it. I stirred so that chicken got coated neatly.

orange chicken

Now heat up the oil in a wok. Put the chicken chunks in the fryer. Take them out when it is tinge of golden. Set aside this chicken.

 

orange chicken

Heat oil and put some garlic in other pan.

 

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Throw the chunks of fried chicken….

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Now put the orange sauce and stir it well.

 

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Chopp chopp chopp some spring onions… its a must have in most of the chinese dishes. I just love the taste…

 

orange chicken

Mix, Mix, Mix it well….

 

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Garnish with sesame …Serve hot as an appetizer..!!

 

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Scrumptious Orange Chicken!!!

 

 

Ingredients:

500 gms boneless chicken breast, cut into bite sized cubes

2 tsp cooking oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

Orange sauce

Oil for deep frying

Salt and sugar, to taste

Chopped spring onions

White sesame, for garnishing

Orange Sauce:

1/4 cup orange juice

1/2 tsp orange zest

1/2 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp red chilli sauce

3 tbsp water

1 tbsp soy sauce

5 tsp sugar

1 tsp Apple cider vinegar

2 tsp dry sherry, optional

1 tsp cornstarch

Frying Batter:

1 egg

1/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted

2 tbsp cornstarch

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup water, ice cold

1/2 tbsp cooking oil

dash of salt

Method:

  • In a bowl, mix all the Orange Sauce ingredients. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and mix the Frying batter ingredients until the batter is smooth. Put the diced chicken, mix it well and set aside.
  • Heat up a wok with deep-frying oil. Gently drop in the battered chicken cubes, one by one. Deep fry until color changes to golden brown and completely cooked. Dish out and drain on paper towel.
  • Heat up a pan over a medium high heat with 2 teaspoons of cooking oil. Stir-fry the garlic until fragrant.  Add the chicken.
  • Gently pour in the Orange Sauce mixture, and stir. (Note: you may adjust seasoning according to your taste but for me this was just fine.)
  • Dish out and garnish with sesame and ready to serve.

 

Steamed Chicken Momos

8 Sep

I have been wanting to try these momos for a long time but I have had my inhibitions. Maybe because I always felt it requires some sort of professional touch and great dexterity. For those who try to avoid making this because of the same reasons, I think one must forget and give this a try. These are extremely easy to make and not very time consuming. Children enjoy home-made momos alot.

There is a suggestion, if you are trying for the first time to be Patient and have faith that the outcome will be great. After you try it for the first time then there is no big deal to make it again. There are a few pointers:

  • Roll the dough very thin.
  • Chicken stuffing is very simple yet delicious.
  • Vegetable stuffing can be added too.
  • You can prepare the sauce in advance and keep it. This sauce recipe is very good and a must make with these momos.

 

Makes: 30-40

Time for preparing: 30 minutes

Time for cooking: 15 mins

Ingredients:

To prepare dough:

3 cups flour

Water to knead the flour as required

For sauce:

5-6 tomatoes

3-4 red dry chillies

1 onion

1 cup chopped cilantro (dhania)

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tsp oil

For Vegetable Seasoning

1/2 cup carrot chopped

1/2 cup chopped cabbage

1/2 cup chopped beans

1 onion chopped

1 tsp minced ginger

1 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

 

For Chicken Filling:

500 gm minced chicken

1 large onion chopped

1 tsp minced ginger

2 tsp minced garlic cloves

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

 

Method:

  • Knead the dough with sufficient water. After kneading add a little bit oil. Keep aside.

For the sauce:

  • Puree the tomatoes in a mixer. Keep aside.
  • Take 1 tsp oil in a pan. Saute red chillies till they change the colour to brownish black.
  • Add the chopped onion and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add the tomato puree to the pan, add seasoning and let it simmer.
  • Let the sauce cool for 20 minutes and then churn in a mixer with cilantro.
  • Your sauce is ready. Keep aside.

For the filling:

  • Mix all the ingredients of the chicken filling and keep aside. (chicken here is raw, this will cook while steaming it)
  • If you are making vegetable filling then saute all the vegetables and season it and keep aside.

For the momos:

  1. Roll the dough in small balls and roll it as thin as possible in a shape of chapati.
  2. Place the 1 tsp filling inside. Coat the edges with oil and close the momo into a half moon shape.
  3. Close the edges or the outing. Keep aside and follow the same procedure to make rest of the momos.
  4. In a steamer, steam these momos for 15 mins.

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Chicken Salami Toasties with Jia & Bani

24 Jun

Well, Summer is the time when all the children come over to my place and we have all sort of fun. We enjoy from going shopping, jokes, playing, cooking and eating (hogging..our favourite!). So this time I decided to introduce my best pals in kitchen while I was preparing breakfast this morning. They are Bani and Jia. They are the sweetest and the most adorable kids. They too have a passion of cooking, so I decided to give them a bit of a push to follow their passion. We decided to make something that is children friendly and which they can cook for their parents and grandparents at home.

 

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bani

                                                           My Pals in my Kitchen!!

 

These girls are fun loving and always ready for mischief and ready to learn. It has been fun having them around and training them to make yummy food. As my son quotes “Mom, its yummy in the tummy”. The flavors of the sauce with salami and veggies were very palatable. Our breakfast this morning was wholesome and healthy.

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Makes 10 slices

Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

250 gm Chicken Salami

1 loaf garlic bread/ multi-grain bread

1/2 green capsicum chopped

1/2 onion chopped

1/2 tomato chopped

2 tsp mayonnaise

2 tsp tomato ketchup

2 tsp mustard sauce

2 cubes grated cheese

 

Method:

  1. Mix tomato ketchup, mustard sauce, and mayonnaise.
  2. Spread the sauce on the bread, place the salami, add the veggies and finally the cheese.
  3. Toast the bread at 220 degree Celsius for 15 minutes.
  4. Serve Hot.

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 Toasties!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosemary and Garlic Chicken

7 Jun

Some how I have been really willing to use the flavor of rosemary in my food. So my recent trip to the grocery store demanded me to bring this new herb rosemary. It usually goes well with meat and chicken. So I decided to go with chicken. Somehow I enjoy using herbs in my cooking as it gives a very refreshing flavor.

Rosemary has some great health benefits such as it helps in cancer prevention, improving memory, pain relief,  mood elevator, digestive problems, and immune booster. Not only it is good for health but its pine-like aroma and pungent flavor goes well with chicken, lamb, pork, salmon and tuna dishes.

chicken rosemary

Ingredients:

1/3 cup olive oil

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 lemon slices

10 garlic cloves, crushed

3 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves

2 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

3 tbsp olive oil

1 complete bone-in chicken

2 potatoes

Method:

  1. Mix olive oil, lemon juice, garlic cloves, rosemary leaves, salt, and black pepper. Stir it vigorously.
  2. Clean the chicken. Pat dry. Add the emulsified mixture to the chicken. Rub the mixture well with the chicken.
  3. Add cut potatoes and slices of lemon.
  4. Put a foil on a baking tray. Place the chicken, lemon and potatoes well.
  5. Grill the chicken for 30-40 minutes.

 

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Verdict: Flavors are great with lemon and rosemary. Serve it instantly out of the grill. The flavors are great and also appreciated by young children.

 

Lebanese: Chicken Shawarma

2 Jun

Lebanese cuisine is one of the popular in Eastern and Western world. The most popular dish is Shawarma. The one I am sharing with you today is chicken shawarma, if you a vegetarian you can easily replace chicken with cottage cheese.

If you usually wonder what you would like to eat as a super, yet low fat. This is a great recipe to try out. I must share with you that, this is something I often make when JS and I are on a low fat diet. The dip I use with this one is very nutritious as it contains Sesame. It is easy to cook and the marinade can be prepared a day in advance too. Sometimes Lebanese spice might not be available in your nearest store, so I also suggest Chinese Five spice to use it as a replacement. The result would be the same as the components of the spices are quite similar.

When I first made this recipe, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. When I saw the final result, it was at par or even better what we usually eat at the restaurant.

 

shawarma ingredients

Serves 2

Ingredients:

250 gm boneless chicken

2 pita bread

some tahini dip

some arabic pickle

Marinade

1 tsp vinegar/ lemon juice

1 tsp lebanese spice/ chinese five spice

1/4 tsp ground cardamom

1/4 cup thick yogurt

1 well beaten egg

1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tomato-sliced

1 onion-sliced

Method:

  1. Slice the chicken into long thin pieces.
  2. Mix all the ingredients of the marinade in a bowl. Add chicken and keep aside for atleast 4 hours or more in the refrigerator.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan, add chicken along with the marinade. Stir fry for 4-5 mins till a little golden brown from some sides. Cook for 3-4 mins or till tender.
  4. Cut each piece of pita bread horizontally into half. Warm the pita bread in a pan.
  5. Spread 1 tsp of tahini paste in the pita pocket. Add the cooked chicken.
  6. Serve with Arabic Pickle.

 

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Healthier Breakfast – Chicken and Mushroom Toast

17 May

Sometimes it is very confusing what to have for breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day. So I usually try to make it healthy and nutritious. Different ideas as always welcomed. I liked about this toast was firstly it was quick, also tasteful and secondly, I could make another dish out of it (mushroom croquettes).

It is always easier to make your breakfast healthy. There are a few easy tips:

  1. If you eating fruits, avoid peeling them. They add to your roughage.
  2. Instead of having plain milk, add breakfast cereals to it or just make a fruit smoothie.
  3. Add an egg to your diet.
  4. Eat almonds in the morning. They give energy and good source to improve memory.
  5. Substitute white bread with a multigrain bread or a wholewheat bread
  6. Add salad leaves to your sandwich.

 

 

Mushroom Chicken Toast

 

 

Ingredients:

2-3 piece of boneless chicken (cut into small pieces)

100 g mushrooms (finely chopped)

1 onion (finely chopped)

1 tbsp butter

3/4 cup milk

2 tbsp cornflour

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp oregano

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Method:

  1. Add butter to the pan. Cook the chicken.
  2. Add onions. When transparent add the mushrooms. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  3. Take half the milk add cornflour. Mix well. Add to the pan.Keep stirring. Put the rest of the milk.
  4. Season the mixture with salt, oregano and black pepper.
  5. Spread the mixture on a toasted bread. Grill for 2 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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