Tandoori Chicken

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Salwaa’s Tandoori Chicken

Make tandoori chicken on your grill! Chicken legs marinated in lemon juice, yogurt, and aromatic spices. Tandoori chicken gets its name from the bell-shaped tandoor clay oven which is also used to make naan, or Indian flatbread. The dish originated from the Indian subcontinent and is popular in many other parts of the world.

Tandoori Chicken

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4 chicken quarters, skinned
½ cup plain yoghurt, low-fat or full-fat
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp fresh ginger
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 ½ tsp chilli powder
½ tsp borrie / turmeric
1 tsp koljana / coriander
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 Tbsp oil

Rinse and pat dry the chicken.

Make 2 deep slits in the chicken quarters, place in an oven proof dish.

In a bowl mix together the yoghurt and the rest of the ingredients.

Stir until well combined.

Spread the spice mixture over the chicken, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Bake in a preheated oven at 240°C for 30 minutes or until the chicken are evenly browned on top and cooked through.

Serve with salads and flat bread.

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Tropical Chicken

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Tropical Chicken

Tasteful pineapple infused chicken. This versatile recipe can be cooked in the oven or on the braai. Serve with a coleslaw salad. Perfect for the hot summer days. Cool and refreshing!

Tropical Chicken

Ingredients:

1 whole chicken

2 Tbsp chilli sauce

1 Tbsp honey

½ cup pineapple juice

Juice of 1 lime

¼ cup soy sauce

2 tsp grated fresh ginger

1 tsp crushed garlic

1 tsp paprika

 

Method:

Cut the chicken into 4 or 8 pieces or spatchcock.

Wash and dry the chicken pieces with kitchen towel.

Put the chicken in a ziplock bag, glass or stainless steel bowl.

Combine the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl.

Pour the marinate over the chicken.

Mix to ensure all the chicken pieces are covered with the marinate.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or seal the bag.

Refrigerate the marinated chicken overnight to let the flavours infuse.

Allow the chicken to come to room temperature before roasting or braaing (BBQing).

Use the sauce to baste the chicken during cooking or braaing.

Roast the chicken in a preheated oven at 220⁰ Celsius for 30 minutes or until the chicken is a deep golden brown and is cooked through, turning once during the cooking time.

Alternatively, braai the chicken over medium heat.

 

 

Tropical Chicken

 

Cook’s tip how to spatchcock a chicken:

Cut down either side of the backbone with a pair of scissors. Remove the spine and keep aside for making chicken stock. Turn the breast side up and flatten the chicken by pressing down the heel of your hand.

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Masala Chicken & Dhanya Rice

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This masala chicken recipe is very special as it was made with my very own Cape Malay Cooking BBQ masala mix. This masala mix, as well as many other ready made spice mixtures, will be available end of September 2016, God willing. In the meantime if you wish to try this recipe you may use any BBQ spice from your local spice shop or supermarket.

 

Masala Chicken

 

Ingredients for marinade:

6 chicken legs

2 tsp Cape Malay Cooking BBQ spice

1 tsp ground red chillies (or to taste)

2 dessert spoons paprika

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp garlic paste

2 Tbsp oil

Enough lemon juice to make a paste (add a little at a time)

Mix all the above ingredients into a thickish paste

Taste for salt as the BBQ spice might have salt in it

 

Method:

Wash and dry the chicken legs. Make deep cuts into the chicken legs.

Rub the chicken legs all over with the spice make sure the whole leg is covered.

Put the marinade in a glass or stainless steel bowl, I don’t marinade in plastic containers to prevent it from staining.

Refrigerate the chicken for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Now here is my secret of this delicious, flavourful masala chicken.
Add little oil to a pot and cook chicken covered for about 10 minutes on medium heat for the flavours to infuse even further. Transfer the chicken into an oven proof dish. Pour any remaining liquid from the pot over the chicken.
Grill for a further 30 minutes at 200° Celsius, turning chicken over after 15 minutes and baste with any remaining sauce. The chicken is done when it’s nice and golden brown on the outside and juicy inside.

 

You may of course grill the chicken on your braai / BBQ as well. After all National braai day is coming up soon 🤗

 

Dhanya / Coriander Rice
Dhanya / Coriander Rice

 

Dhanya Rice

This is a very simple yet flavourful rice to make. It can be served with a variety of different foods, e.g curry, frikkadel, meat or fish.

 

Ingredients:
2 cups uncooked long grain rice or basmati rice
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cardamom pods
2 stick cinnamons
100g butter
1 teaspoon salt
Handful chopped fresh dhanya  / fresh coriander / cilantro

 

Method:
Parboil the rice until half cooked.
Pour into a colander, rinse, leave the rice in the colander whilst preparing the onions.
Heat your saucepan over medium heat, add the butter, melt until it starts to bubble and the colour changes to golden brown. Add the cardamom and stick cinnamon. Add the onions. Braise the onions until golden brown. Add the half cooked rice, salt and a cup of water. Heat the rice until warmed through. Add the dhanya, stir with a fork to loosen the grains and turn the heat off. Leave the sealed saucepan on the stove, the retained heat will complete the cooking process and any water left will be absorbed leaving you with fluffy and tender.

 

VARIATION:
Add a cup of mixed vegetables with the rice before steaming.
Add a tin of drained chick peas with the rice before steaming.

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Chicken Kiev

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Stuffed Chicken Breast

Oven cooked chicken breast stuffed with spinach, mozzarella and feta cheese.

 

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Ingredients:

6 large chicken breasts

Salt and pepper for seasoning

1½ tsp minced garlic

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 bag baby spinach (300g)

100g butter, melted

200g feta cheese

1 cup grated mozzarella cheese

3 cups fine bread crumbs

Salt and pepper for seasoning

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Method:

Slice the chicken in half, cover the chicken with plastic wrap. Use a rolling pin roll or beat the chicken breast until it is very thin.

 

Heat a large saucepan. Add the spinach, garlic and olive oil cook until the spinach has wilted. Add the crumbled feta and grated mozzarella cheese.

 

Season the breasts with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the spinach mixture evenly between the chicken breasts. Spread it evenly over the breasts. Roll the chicken up to cover the spinach. Cover each of the stuffed chicken breasts in the bread crumbs, make sure it is covered completely. Transfer into a baking dish. Make sure the “seam” is facing down.

 

Pour the melted butter over the crumbed chicken. Bake / grill in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Serve with a green salad.

 

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Pineapple Chicken

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Pineapple Chicken

Sweet and tangy, flavourful tropical chicken for a quick and easy meal. Prepare beforehand and pop in the oven for a lovely alternative to Sunday roast.

Tropical Pineapple Chicken
Tropical Pineapple Chicken

 

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Ingredients:

1 chicken, skin off and cut into 8 pieces

1 tin canned pineapple rings (440g)

1 Tbsp brown sugar

¼ cup soy sauce

2 Tbsp tomato sauce

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp freshly grated ginger

½ – 1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt or to taste

1 Tbsp cooking oil

Fresh chopped dhanya/coriander/cilantro

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Method:

In a medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce, juice of canned pineapple, tomato sauce, garlic, ginger, chilli powder, paprika and salt . Reserve a quarter of the sauce and set aside.

 

Using a Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine the sauce mixture and chicken. Marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight in the refrigerator, turning the bag occasionally.

 

Combine the pineapple rings and brown sugar.

 

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius.

 

Transfer the chicken, with the marinade, into an oven proof dish. Cook the chicken, uncovered, for about 45 minutes turning half way through. Pour the remaining reserved sauce and arrange the pineapple rings on top of the chicken. Return to the oven and grill for about 5 – 10 minutes until the pineapple rings are light golden in colour.

 

Remove from the oven and garnish with freshly chopped dhanya. Serve with a fresh green salad.

 

Cook’s Tip

Use fresh pineapple and half a cup of pineapple juice instead of the canned pineapple rings.

BBQ (braai) the chicken pieces instead of cooking in the oven.

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