A few weeks ago I caught myself telling a friend "I never bake chicken unless it is a whole chicken" and as the words were leaving my lips I wondered: but why not?
So I went out and bought skinless, boneless chicken breast at the halal butcher that I love (New Mid East, on Bank near Alta Vista, Ottawa ON) and came back home to make my ideal marinade.
I wanted to have a spicy flavour-intense chicken that I could put in a salad or a sandwich or a pizza, with the knowledge that it could carry the entire meal. This chicken in a salad doesn't need much of a dressing: just a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of salt is enough!
Beware supertasters: this is a spicy marinade. Reduce quantities of Spicy paprika and/or Hot cayenne for a milder marinade.
It must have been a success because I have only made it twice and have already received requests for the marinade recipe, so here it is.
- 6 chicken breasts, cut into smaller strips
- 2 teaspoons smoked spicy paprika
- 2 teaspoons hot cayenne
- 2 teaspoons turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon dry thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dry oregano
- 1 1/2 tablespoon freshly ground cumin seeds
- 4 garlic gloves, finely minced or crushed
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- splash of olive oil (to moisten)
- Cut chicken breast into even strips. I made 2 to 3 strips with each of mine.
- In a large bowl, add spices to the chicken.
- Add minced or crushed garlic and salt.
- Splash olive oil, enough to moisten the spices but not so much that you have a pool of oil.
- Mix and rub spice mix with hands. Make sure all the chicken is coated and rubbed and that the garlic and salt is evenly distributed.
- Cover with plastic wrap and leave to marinate at least an hour. I left mine out on the counter because I was using it within the hour and because I find that meat cooks better when it is room temperature.
- Bake at 350 for approximately 20 minutes. Ovens do vary so it is preferable to go with intuition. You want your chicken thoroughly cooked by not overcooked. Am I being super obvious right now? Like I said, I don't have a habit of cooking chicken breast!
Here is an example of a pizza I made with that chicken!
Mixed and marinating.
Post by: Andi
This is the recipe for everyone's favourite samosas.
And by everyone, I mean all of the authors of this blog.
1 package of eggroll or wonton wraps (square-shaped)
1 Medium onion, chopped
2 Garlic cloves, minced
1 lb Ground beef
Juice of half a lemon
3/4 Cup Chopped Coriander
1 Beef Bouillon Cube
1 Tbsp Turmeric
1 Tbsp Red Chili Powder
1 Tbsp Coriander Powder
2 Tsp Cumin Powder
In a frying pan pour some oil and sauté a chopped onion.
Add ground beef.
While beef begins to fry, add minced garlic.
Sauté until all pink from beef is gone.
Drain the beef in a strainer to remove excess fat.
Place beef back into frying pan and add all spices as well as the beef bouillon.
Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, giving the spices a little time to cook.
Add chopped Coriander and the lemon juice.
Continue to fry for 2 to 3 minutes until the coriander has wilted.
Take pan off element and let the beef cool before filling the samosas.
Making the samosas:
Using either square-shaped wonton or eggroll wraps, dip your finger in some water and wipe two edges of the wrap so as to create a partly sealed triangle.
In the opening of the triangle, place some of the beef mixture, leaving some room to wipe water onto the remaining edges. Seal the wrap by pressing the edges together.
In a small frying pan heat some oil to med-high and shallow fry samosas until it has a golden brown colour. Remove and place on paper towel to absorb oil.
You can prepare large amounts and freeze them in bags. To fry, no need to defrost - You can fry straight out of the freezer!
Since moving to London, I have become acquainted with a whole new kind of home cooking. To sum it up: lots of spice, lots of rice. This recipe is a slight adaptation of my mother-in-law's standard chicken curry. I have added a couple teaspoons of sugar to offset the tangy-ness of the tomatoes, and I have included a dried herb called kasoori methi, which you can find at your local Indian grocer. It adds a whole other dimension to this dish and gives it that truly authentic curry taste. You won't believe you made it at home!