Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Cilantro Chicken

What an honour! Milee has made me a guest chef . I ought to make a contribution before the invitation is revoked.
This dish originates from Indians in Kenya. My muttons @ kids lapped it up. I only used 1 green chili but would recommend at least 2 if you are not cooking for unpredictable kids.
Goes very well with cucumber raita and onion rice.

  • 4 chicken thighs and 4 drumsticks (skinned) ; 1 ate a pair before pic was taken :-P
  • 2 cups of cilantro @ chinese parsley (leaves and small stems)
  • 5 cloves garlic (coarsely chopped)
  • 3 inch pc fresh ginger (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 medium tomato (chopped)
  • 2 or 3 green chillies (coarsely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (lightly beaten with fork)
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
Put onion, ginger, garlic, 1/4 tsp salt and lemon juice into blender. Add abt 2 tbs of water and blend. Pour blended mixture on chicken pieces and rub in. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or for up to 24 hours.

In same blender, put in tomato, cilantro, chilies, tomato paste, the remaining 3/4 tsp of salt and 2 tbs of water. Blend until smooth.

Pour oil into nonstick pan and set over high heat. Put in chicken pieces together with marinade. Fry until chicken is light brown on all sides, abt 10 mins.
Add tomato mixture and cook until sauce is thick and clings to chicken; another 10 mins.
Add yogurt, stir and cook until yogurt disappears and leaves a thick sauce edged with oil. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook until chicken is tender.
Add a tbs or 2 of water if pan is drying out too much.


milee said...

Hey Madam, the chicken looks great! And looking at the ingredients and method its relatively easy to you can bet I am trying this one.

sophia said...


I got to hand it to you, you are making my mouth water:)).And you think that you aint a chef..NO-uh..It looks really good and I am certainly going to try it with raita.

Madam said...

Tks Milee...btw how much did you pay sophia?

milee said...

hahahah have some faith in yourself!

Anonymous said...

Definitely going into my "MUST COOK" list.....

Bunny Sia

Madam said...

Milee, Sophia and Bunny Sia should start cheer leading business. I happy happy joy joy now. Tks ladies