Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tandoori Chicken with Yogurt Sauce

This dish is a nice change from my usual flavors, and it is a great combination of a bit of spice mixed with the sweetness of apples. The yogurt sauce is a beautiful combination of greens and produces a wonderful smell as you grate the apples and chop the cilantro.

Although this recipe doesn't call for it, I think that next time I make this dish, I will add some chicken broth to my rice as it cooks for a bit of additional flavor. Also, I would suggest making extra yogurt sauce, because it is just so good you will want plenty for slathering on your chicken.

Tandoori Chicken with Yogurt Sauce
Recipe from Everyday Foods: Great Food Fast
Pictures by Caroline
Serves 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes (It only took me about 15-20 minutes of prep time)
Total Time: 35 minutes

1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
4 bone-in, skinless chicken breast halves (10 to 12 ounces each). Note: I used boneless chicken breasts
2 Granny Smith apples
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

1. Preheat the oven to 475°F. In a large bowl, mix together ½ cup of the yogurt, the garlic, turmeric, ginger, 2 teaspoons salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add the chicken; turn to coat.
2. Transfer the chicken to a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the breast (avoiding the bone) registers 160°F, 25 to 30 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, peel the apple; coarsely grate into a medium bowl. Add the cilantro and the remaining ½ cup yogurt; season with salt and pepper. Serve the sauce alongside the chicken, with rice, if desired.



Jessie said...

How essential is the turmeric? I've never cooked with it before and don't have any in my cupboards. Can I substitute something for it, or leave it out entirely?

two little chefs said...

Jessie: It is important to have some spice in this recipe, so if you don't have turmeric I would add another spice. I would suggest trying some curry powder (likely there is turmeric in your curry powder). If you don't have curry powder, try adding a bit more of the ground ginger and add some dry mustard powder. Good luck!

Chris said...

I made this for dinner tonight. It turns out, it tastes quite good with mustard and curry. The apple-yogurt sauce was a nice touch, as was the flavored rice. Thanks for the recipe.

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