Dave's Garden Cookbook: Lemony Chicken with Fresh Coriander
Lemony Chicken with Fresh Coriander
Ingredients3 tablespoons of oil, light olive oil works well for me
2 pieces fresh ginger root -- 1" cubes -- coarsely chopped
1/4 cup water (for the ginger)
2/3 cup water (for the pot)
2 1/2 pounds chicken breasts -- skinned
5 cloves garlic -- minced
7 oz fresh coriander (cilantro) minced (seems an awful lot, but believe me, its worth it!)
1/2 jalapeno chilli -- minced
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Instructions:Put the ginger and 1/4 cup water into a blender or processor. Blend until you have a paste.
Put the oil in a wide, heavy, preferably nonstick pan over medium-high heat.
When the oil is hot, put in as many chicken pieces as pan will hold in a single layer, and brown on both sides. Remove the chicken pieces with a slotted spoon and put them in a bowl. Brown all the chicken pieces this way.
Add the garlic to the hot oil. As soon as the pieces turn a medium-brown color, turn heat to medium and pour in the ginger paste. Stir-fry it for a minute. Now add the fresh coriander, jalapeno, cayenne, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and salt. Stir and cook for a minute.
Put in all the chicken pieces as well as any liquid that might have accumulated in the chicken bowl. Add 2/3 c. water and the lemon juice. Stir and bring to a boil. Cover tightly, turn heat to low, and cook for 15 minutes.
Turn the chicken pieces over. Cover again and cook another 10 to 15 minutes or until the chicken is tender. If the sauce is too thin, uncover the pan and boil some of it away over a slightly higher heat.
serve with rice or vegetables, and naan bread - mmmmmmmmm, my mouth is watering just thinking of it!
Extra Notes:"Taken from the expanded new edition of her classic best-selling book, Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking, this is the recipe that Jaffrey says took the spice out of a major city in England. As she explains it: "My new book was first published in England, by the BBC. Shortly after it came out, The Manchester Guardian ran a story which said that the city had run out of fresh spices: Everyone was making Lemony Chicken with Coriander!"
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