Join Date: May 2016
Location: Allentown, PA
Indian Chicken Tiki Masala
***Edited to add, ingredient list****
2 cups chicken stock
2 tbsp butter
1 onion diced
3 lbs chicken
1 tbsp grated ginger
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tbsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp corriander
1 tsp tumeric
1 tsp cayanne
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 can Ro-Tell tomatoes, or equivalent diced tom and chille peppers
1 lb spinach, fresh or frozen
2 x 15 oz cans chick peas
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup cilantro fresh, or 2 tbsp dried (if using dried only use in recipe and don't garnish)
salt to taste
OK cooking friends, in my previously mentioned Quest to Use the Cheap Chicken I Got (see previous posts), this recipe stood out enough I wanted to make it a full post. Now I happen to have all these spices, mainly due to the fact that I shouldn't go to the Italian market down in Philly unsupervised. Wife attempts to enforce that, but it never really sticks. We have a hard decision on Chinatown after the Jellyfish debacle, but in my defense Jellyfish were ON SALE. I figured how hard can they be to prepare?
This uses a pressure cooker, and needs about three pounds of chicken total, or two if you are using just chicken breasts, it works with 4-6 legs and thighs or one roaster, once you pick the flesh off the bones. More on that later.
Either in the pressure cooker on sear or low heat, or in a cast iron pan, sear the onions, garlic, and ginger, with the butter until the onions just turn soft. Add cumin, paprika, coriander, tumeric, Cayenne and pepper and cook on a low heat about 30 seconds until aromatic. Add tomatoes and spinach. Cover and cook about 3 minutes, more if using frozen spinach to thaw, fresh spinach should be wilted but still firm.
Add to this half of cliantro, chx stock, and the chicken. Stir to combine. Cook at high pressure about 20 minutes, longer if using a whole chicken, slightly shorter (15 minutes) if using chicken breasts.
Vent using quick release. If you are using a whole chicken, or legs and thighs, now is the time to remove bones and skin if you don't want them in the final product. My wife won't pick a chicken, so I normally fish the chicken out, strip the meat off, discard bones and skins (or reserve for stock later) and put the meat back in.
Add Chick Peas, cream, 2 tbsp lemon juice and stir under a simmer until sauce thickens. If you like a thicker sauce, a bit of corn starch can thicken it up. salt now to taste for flavor, also adjust flavor to taste with other spices. I will simmer this lightly until the flavors come together, and then cool for about 10 minutes.
Just before serving add remaining lemon juice to taste, and garnish with remaining cilantro. Serve over rice or pasta. Both seem to work in my experience.
OK so this is obviously best with a combo of dark and white meat, and the fat that comes with using big ass chicken parts (well don't use the ass entire, that would be bad) rather than lean breasts. Some people in a dish like this like getting a couple drumsticks in their marsala, I don't, so the idea is after cooking (and capturing all those good skin fats etc...) to clean the flesh off the bones and get it back into the broth without it cooling off too much.
I usually do this with 4-6 thighs and legs. Same procedure applies to whole chicken, just you have to be a little faster.
Take a leg at a time, grab it with a slotted spoon, and put it onto a pie plate, I use a 10" pyrex one for this. Gives you room for work, and keeps the liquid the leg will shed in one place.
You need two forks and a knife, one fork holds it, another works. So strip the skin off and put it to one side, scoop it up and throw it in the Tupperware for stock production, or chuck it. Get the four big pieces of meat off two on the drumstick and two on the thigh. Those get chopped up loosely and get thrown back in. Pull the bones on the thigh apart, and fish out the meat, same with that. These are hot, so you are going to have some ouchies if you get some practice you can do it with two forks.
Run a fork along each bone, getting all you can, and meat goes in pot, bones go in the Tupperware for stock or into the trash.
If you are doing a full chicken, cut everything off the carcass other than the breasts, and take them individual. The rest, use the same technique as above.
The idea is you want to end up with white and dark meat, diced to about the same sizes, without bones, gristle, or large amounts of fat. I like using bone in for this, even though it is more inconvenient, as I think the end result tastes better with a mix of dark and white meat, not to mention the fats released cooking, and also when I make stock with the bones and fat from this recipe, which I save, it is spiced with the spices it was cooked in. Gives a subtle more spiciness to a stock.
If I just gave my wife a thigh and drumstick on rice, with any preparation, she would just poke at it. She really hates taking meat off the bone.
Now the advantages other than that of getting the meat off the bone in the cooking process? Makes this homogeneous, and thus easy to freeze. I normally serve this over rice, and mixing the leftover rice with the chicken, I usually get two portions out of this recipe for lunch.
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