Train Chicken (Rabiyah’s Special)

Train chicken is my friend Rabiyah’s special recipe which is my top favourite. I have tried many chicken curries and chicken masala but this one is one of my favourites. She make it for me whenever I go to her place or whenever we do one dish parties. The name Train Chicken is associated with her childhood memory because she used to live in Lahore and her cousins and Aunt & Uncle were used to live in Quetta. They used to visit each other by train in summer vacations and their mothers used to cook this chicken to eat during the journey in train. So this simple and easy chicken recipe is called Train Chicken.

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken, skinless, cut into curry, 16 pcs.
  • 2 small onions, 1 large onion, cut into slices
  • 1 tbspn ginger and garlic (crushed)
  • 6 – 8 green chillies
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tbspn cumin (pan roasted & coarsely ground)
  • 1 tbspn coriander (coarsely ground)
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 chicken stock cube (I add it for extra chicken flavor)
  • Fresh green coriander (chopped)
  • Fresh green chillies (sliced)

Method:

  • Wash the chicken and put It in a colander to remove excess water.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add chicken. When it starts changing color, add ginger, garlic and chicken stock cube. Fry until its golden. Take it out in a plate and leave on the benchtop until needed.
  • In the same oil, fry onions till they are golden, add green chillies and tomatoes. Cook until tomatoes leave the stiffness. Add all the spices, except garam masala and simmer the curry. Add a splash of warm water and cook on medium heat. Do this 3 – 5 times until the oil starts separating from the masala.
  • Add chicken, garam masala and ½ the amount of coriander. Mix and cook on low heat with lid on for 15 minutes or until the chicken is fully tender.
  • Transfer the chicken in your serving dish, garnish with some coriander and chillies and serve hot with rotis.

Chicken Steak with Creamy Mushroom Sauce & Steamed Veggies

Cooking with friends is always fun…… I cooked this at my friends’ house and they loved it. This is my very own recipe of chicken steak with mushroom sauce, I make mushroom sauce differently, people make it with chicken stock and cream, I make it richer in flavor by using Parmesan cheese and cream, more like Alfredo mushroom sauce. The best thing about this plate (in the picture) is it is full of flavors, nothing on this plate is bland, everything is seasoned well to perfection and has its own unique flavour. Give it a try and I am sure you will fall in love with this rich, flavoursome delicacy!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts (skinless, cut into 2 thin layers each)
  • Salt
  • Coarsely ground black pepper
  • 3 tbspns soy sauce
  • Some butter and olive oil

FOR STEAMED VEGGIES (as desired)

  • French beans (cut)
  • Broccoli head
  • Cauliflower heads
  • Baby carrots/ carrots
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Some dried Italian herbs
  • A knob of butter
  • Salt

FOR MUSHROOM SAUCE

  • 2 tbspns butter
  • 250 gms sliced button mushrooms
  • 1 tspn chives
  • 1 generous pinch of garlic powder
  • 300 ml cooking cream
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper (use coarsely ground black pepper)

Method:

  • First thing first, turn on the steamer. Meanwhile its heating, combine the vegetables you want to steam in a bowl, season with some Italian herbs, salt and pepper and add softened butter, toss well and coat each veggie in this buttery herb mixture. Put it in the steamer and get started on sauce.
  • For sauce, melt some butter in a sauce pan, add mushrooms, salt, pepper and garlic powder and stir fry until mushrooms start changing the color. Add cream and bring it to a boil. Add parmesan cheese and mix well. Add chives and let it cook on low heat while we do the steaks.
  • We have two chicken breasts cut in two thin layers each. So we have 4 in total. Put them in a large zip lock bag and pound with meat hammer to flat and thin. Season with some salt and pepper. Splash some soy sauce and rub it on.
  • Keep aside for 10 minutes. Keep an eye on the veggies in the steamer. If they are done, put the steamer on heat mode to keep the veggies warm until needed for serving.
  • Heat the grill pan. Smear some butter on it and drizzle some olive oil. When it is super-hot, place the chicken on it, cook in batched depending on the size of your grill pan. Cook 5 minutes per side. Add some more butter to the pan when flipping the side.
  • Take them out on a plate first to rest for 5 minutes before transferring on to the serving platter.
  • Transfer the steaks (2 per person) on a plate, putting the veggies on the side and hot mushroom sauce all over the chicken and plate.
  • Serve hot.

Chicken Parma Tenders

Just a light version of Chicken parmigiana. I don’t like the thick chicken breast piece so I have used tenders, it makes the recipe lighter and more fun!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken tenderloins
  • some salt
  • some pepper
  • some paprika
  • some chicken salt
  • some olive oil and softened butter

FOR CRUMBING

  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • some Italian herbs (chopped fine)
  • 1 cup flour (seasoned with salt and pepper)
  • 1 egg + 2 tbspns milk (whisked)

FOR TOPPING

  • 4 tbspns Napolitano sauce
  • 1 cup freshly grated mozzarella
  • ¼ cup freshly shaved parmesan

TO SERVE

  • Some greens
  • Some asparagus
  • Or garden salad/ Greek salad

 

Method:

  • Put chicken tenders in a zip lock bag and pound with a meat hammer until flat and thin.
  • Season with some salt, pepper, chicken salt and paprika on both sides and keep aside.
  • Meanwhile get your oven preheated on broiling mode at 200 degrees Celsius and get your crumbing station ready, 1. Seasoned flour in a flat dish, 2. Egg wash in a shallow dish and 3. Breadcrumbs.
  • Now with the help of fork, take one tender, coat it in flour, shake off the excess, dip it in egg wash and then crumbs. Coat each and every naked bit of it and keep it on a tray.
  • Do the same with rest of the tenders.
  • Heat a frying pan and splash some olive oil and place the chicken tenders on the pan. 2.5 minutes per side. When you are about to change the side, add a small knob of butter. This will give a buttery flavour and extra crunch and color to the bread crumbs.
  • Meanwhile, get your baking tray ready lined with parchment paper. Transfer the tenders to the baking tray, smear a tablespoon of Napoli sauce on each tender, then some fresh shaves of parmesan and then generous amount of freshly grated mozzarella.
  • Broil for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Serve hot with greens.
  • Enjoy.

Aalu Chicken Shorba (Potato & Chicken Stew Style Curry)

A very famous dish in Pakistani home cooking, but there is a technique to make it, there is a timing to put everything in to make it super special and delicious. If you follow all the instructions given below, you will get the most delicious Aalu Chicken shorba ever!!!!! Trust me mate 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken (1.5 kilo)(skinless, cut into curry pieces, around 12pcs)
  • 1.5 cups oil
  • 3 onions (medium sized, cut into slices)
  • 3 tomatoes (medium sized, cut into slices)
  • 5 – 6 green chillies (2 chopped)
  • 1 cup coriander, chopped
  • 4 – 5 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into big chunks (4 pieces per potato)
  • 1 tbspn crushed ginger
  • 1 tbspn crushed garlic
  • 1 litre hot water

SPICES

  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 chicken stock cube for extra flavour
  • 1 tbspn red chilli powder
  • ½ tspn Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 4 pepper corns
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 tspn turmeric powder
  • 1 tbspn coriander powder
  • 1 tbspn cumin seeds, pan roasted and ground
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 tbspn dried fenugreek leaves (ground)
  • 1 green cardamom

Method:

  • Heat oil and fry onion until its golden and crispy. Add chicken, bay leaf, peppercorns, chicken cube, cinnamon, 2 green chillies, cloves, ginger and garlic. Fry until the chicken changes its colour.
  • Add tomatoes and cook on high heat until the tomatoes are loose and cooked.
  • Add all the spices (except fenugreek leaves and garam masala) and mix. Add a splash of hot water and stir fry on high heat. When the water dries, add potatoes and add another splash of hot water, half of the coriander and stir fry on high heat. Do this again for 3 times until potatoes are half cooked.
  • Now add rest of the hot water and reduce the flame to low. Cover the pot and let it cook for 20 mins or until the oil comes up. Add garam masala, coriander and fenugreek leaves and serve hot with phulka.

Lahori/ Delhi Style Chicken Boneless Handi

Ladies & Gentlemen,

Boneless chicken simmered curry, inspired by Lahore (the food giant of Pakistan) and Delhi (the food giant of India), is presented to you!

This is probably the most easy and handy recipe you will find, go for it! and make your weekend desi 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • 1 kg boneless chicken cubes (breast and thigh mix)
  • 3 medium onion (sliced)
  • 2 cups cooking oil
  • 1 tbspn minced garlic
  • 1 tbspn crushed ginger
  • 6 – 8 green chillies, few cut into slices
  • 2 tbspns fresh fnugreek leaves (chopped)
  • 2 tomatoes sliced
  • 2 tbspns yogurt
  • Fresh coriander (1 cup), chopped
  • Ginger julienne (if desired)

SPICES

  • Salt to taste
  • Chicken salt/ chicken cube (for extra flavour) (adjust according to the salt you add)
  • 1 tbspn red chilli flakes
  • 1 tspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn turmeric powder
  • ½ tspn cracked black pepper (very coarse)
  • 1 tbspn coarsely ground coriander
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds, pan roasted, coarsely ground
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tbspn desi ghee (if desired)
  • 1 tspn ground pomegranate seeds

Method:

  • Heat oil and fry onions on medium heat with constant rotation, until its crispy golden.
  • Add ginger and garlic and fry for 30 secs. Add chicken and stir fry until the chicken changes the color.
  • Add salt, chicken salt, tomatoes and few green chillies. Cook on medium heat until tomatoes lose the stiffness. Meanwhile mix all the spices (except garam masala and black pepper) in a small bowl and add it to the chicken. Add yogurt as well. Mix.
  • Put the lid on and reduce the flame to low- medium and let it cook for 15 minutes or until the oil starts to separate.
  • Add chopped fenugreek, desi ghee, black pepper and garam masala and give it a final mix.
  • Serve hot with roti, salad and raita.

Peri Peri Chicken Tenderloins with Chickpea Salad

Another sizzling hot recipe for chicken tenders. I personally like chicken tenderloin part for grilling when asked for lean poultry because I think chicken breast can be really dry sometimes, but you can use chicken breast for the same recipe, just pound it a bit with the meat hammer before grilling 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • 8 Chicken tenderloins
  • A little bit of salt
  • 2 tbspns lemon juice
  • 1 cup peri peri sauce (I personally like Nandos Trio Bell Pepper)

FOR SALAD

  • 1 can chickpeas
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander
  • 1 tbspn tamarind and date sauce
  • Some chaat masala
  • 1 potato (boiled and diced)
  • 1 medum red onion chopped
  • 1 medium tomato chopped
  • 2 tbspns lemon juice

Method:

  • Massage chicken tenders with salt and lemon and keep aside for 30 mins.
  • Heat the grill pan and place all the tenders on the hot plate and wait for 1- 2 mins until the chicken begins to sizzle and change the colour on the sides.
  • Flip the side and brush the peri peri sauce of your choice to the cooked side and let the chicken grill for 3 mins.
  • Take the tenders off the plate and prepare the salad.
  • For salad, mix everything and serve.

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