There are times when you just want to indulge in good food or maybe something exotic to you. Sometimes you are just ready to eat those calories without counting them in. Its not necessary that you could only find this food in a restaurant, especially if you are on a budget. This can be something you can make for a romantic night with your date or while entertaining guests at home. This is an Indian twist to the classic grilled chicken breasts. The chicken can be pan fried or grilled in an oven.I loved the flavors, but for a spice kick I added some cayenne pepper to the sauce.
Serves : 4
Source: Mmmm… Curry
Onion – 1 small chopped
Green chilli – 1 chopped
Ginger – 1 inch piece chopped
Coriander powder– 2 tsp
Cumin powder – 1 tsp
Fennel seeds – 1 tsp
Ground star anise – 1 tsp
Cardamom pods – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Black peppercorns – ½ tsp
Ground cloves – ½ tsp
Coconut milk[canned] – 600 ml
Chicken breasts – 4 skinless portions
fresh coriander sprigs, to garnish
Make a paste of onion,chilli,coriander powder,cumin powder,fennel seeds,star anise, cardamom pods,turmeric,peppercorns,cloves and 450 ml of coconut milk.Add more coconut milk if necessary. Tenderize the chicken breast and cut some gashes in the chicken.Place it in a bowl, rub the coconut milk mixture on the chicken, especially into the gashes and cover with cling film. Leave it to marinate in a refrigerator for at least one hour or up to 8 hours.
Heat a griddle pan or skillet and brush lightly with oil. Add in the chicken breasts and cook for 6-7 minutes on each side or until tender.
Meanwhile, pour the remaining coconut milk mixture into a saucepan with the remaining coconut milk and bring it to a boil, stirring occasionally. Arrange the chicken on a serving dish and spoon the coconut sauce over it liberally and garnish with few coriander sprigs.
Serve hot with white rice, herbed rice or roti.
Note: – I made half the quantity and used whole spices like just a petal of the star anise instead of the powder. You can deseed the green chilli to avoid the spicy kick. I added little chilly powder while boiling the sauce just for a spice kick.