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Chicken Pakora

This recipe for chicken pakora is desi flavored infused and it is my very own recipe. It is just like normal pakoras but made with chicken and with a different technique and some extra ingredients. When I made it last year in an Iftar party, my guests loved it; the chicken was flavorsome, tender and juicy.

ingredients:

  • 1.5 kilo chicken, cut into small pieces, tikka cut with bones
  • 1 tbspn ginger garlic & green chilli paste
  • 2 tbspns lemon juice
  • 1 tbspn vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tspn black pepper
  • ½ tspn chicken powder
  • 1 tbspn cracked coriander seeds
  • A generous pinch of carom seeds
  • 1 tspn roasted crushed cumin seeds
  • A generous pinch of kasuri methi (crushed between palms)
  • ½ tspn garam masala powder
  • 1 tbspn crushed anar dana (pomegranate seeds)
  • 1 tbspn red chilli flakes & powder
  • A pinch of yellow food color
  • 4 tbspns besan, chickpea flour
  • A pinch of baking powder
  • 1 tspn levelled corn flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tspn yogurt
  • Oil for deep frying (2 cups vegetable + 2 cup mustard oil)

Method:

  1. In a mixing bowl, marinate chicken in salt, red chilli powder & flakes, lemon juice, ginger garlic & green chilli paste, vinegar, chicken powder, black pepper, carom seeds, cumin, food color & garam masala and keep aside for 40 to 50 minutes at room temperature or overnight in refrigerator.
  2. In a separate bowl mix the remaining ingredients (except oil) and add it to the marinated chicken. Mix and keep aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Mix and heat both the oils to 180 degrees Celsius and fry chicken pieces in batches for 7 – 8 minutes.
  4. Serve hot with mint sauce, imli sauce & ketchup.

Chicken Salad filled Croissants

Chicken salad filled croissants is a beautiful addition to your tea table or Iftar table or any potluck. It is gourmet style yet easy crowd pleaser which will make you look like pro chef 😀

Ingredients

  • 12 mini croissants/ 6 large croissants
  • Few rocket leaves/ coral lettuce leaves (if rocket leaves are not available)

FOR CHICKEN

  • 2 chicken breasts, large size
  • 2 tbspns olive oil
  • Salt to taste   
  • Cracked black pepper, a generous pinch
  • Red chilli flakes, a generous pinch
  • ¼ tspn mustard powder/ 2 tbspns Dijon mustard
  • Juice of 1 lemon

FOR CHICKEN SALAD

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup cream
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • A pinch of icing sugar
  • A generous pinch of cracked black pepper
  • ¼ tspn mustard powder
  • 1 tspn hot English mustard
  • A generous pinch of table salt
  • Few green sprigs of spring onions, sliced
  • 2 tbspns chopped celery stalks
  • 2 tbspns chopped cucumber

Method

  1. Wash, clean and pat dry chicken breasts. Thaw them with meat hammer until they are 1.5 cm in thickness.
  2. Mix everything given for chicken in a bowl and marinate chicken for good 40 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Heat a grill pan, brush some butter and grill chicken breasts for 5 minutes per side.
  4. Remove from the grill and let it cool.
  5. Meanwhile in a mixing bowl, mix all the sauces and spices with a whisk. Mix in the veggies.
  6. Shred/ cut the grilled chicken and add it to the mixture.
  7. Cut the croissants from the middle lengthways to fill in the filling but not till the end.
  8. Stuff in a rocket leaf and 1.5 tbspns of chicken mixture (in mini croissant) or 2 rocket leaves and 3 tbspns of chicken mixture (in large croissant) in each croissant.
  9. Arrange all the croissants on a platter and serve.

Parsi Chicken Cutlets

Parsi chicken cutlets is the recipe inspired by one of the internet recipes. I was watching cooking videos as usual and watched this one which kinda attracted my taste buds, so I tried it and no doubt it was yum 🙂 Give it a try and let me know what you think about it!

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Ingredients:

  • 250 gms boiled and mashed potatoes
  • 500 gms chicken mince
  • 1 cup coriander chopped
  • 1 cup mint leaves chopped
  • 1 medium red onion chopped fine
  • 1 tbspn ginger & garlic paste
  • 4 – 5 green chillies chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn red chilli powder
  • ½ tspn turmeric
  • 1 tspn coriander powder
  • 1 tspn cumin powder
  • 1 tspn garam masala

FOR COATING

  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • Oil for shallow frying

Method:

  • In a shallow wide dish, combine boiled mashed potatoes and chicken mince well and add all the spices and veggies. Mix well and keep aside for 10 minutes.
  • Now make small cutlets depending on hat size you want and coat them in breadcrumbs, then egg and fry for 2 minutes per side on medium flame.
  • Serve hot with tomato mint chutney or ketchup.

Oporto Style Bondi Bites

Oporto is AUS/NZ based burger and grilled chicken chain and their Bondi burgers are very popular. They make it with their own special hot sauce and chicken fillets. But I am not a big fan of their burgers, I like their Jalapeno bites and Chicken Bondi Bites more. Bondi bites are thin slices of chicken breast, marinated in tangy marinade and lightly crumbed and fried. I have worked out the recipe by eating them, so its based on my taste and tastes same.

Here we go,

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cut into thin slanted slices
  • Salt to taste
  • Some chicken salt
  • 1 tspn smoked paprika
  • 2 tbspns soy sauce
  • 1 tspn lemon & herb seasoning (easily available at grocery stores)
  • 6 tbspns lemon juice
  • 1 tspn garlic and onion mix powder
  • 1 tspn black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbspns corn flour
  • 2 tbspns self rising flour

FOR CRUMBING

  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tspn paprika
  • 1 tspn chicken salt
  • 1 tspn lemon and herb seasoning
  • Oil for deep frying

Method:

  • Cut the chicken breasts in thin slanted slices and put them in a zip lock bag and pound it with a meat hammer and put all the pieces in a deep mixing bowl.
  • Add all the spices and sauces and mix. Keep aside for 30 minutes at room temperature and crack in 2 eggs, add corn flour and flour and mix well.
  • Keep aside for 1 hour in refrigerator.
  • Meanwhile, combine all the crumbing in a plate. Take one piece of chicken and coat it in the crumbing, pressing it gently to stick the crumbs. Do the same with the rest of the chicken and arrange them on a plate without over lapping and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Heat oil to 190 degrees Celsius and fry the chicken. Serve hot with any sauce of your choice. I personally like it with ranch, aoli or dynamite sauce.

Potato Cutlets with Baby Spinach & Mushrooms

Ideal for tea parties, lunch box, snacks or just breakfast…. ❤

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 4 large potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn chicken salt
  • 1 tbspn red chilli flakes
  • ¼ tspn mustard powder
  • 1 tspn cracked black pepper
  • 2 green chillies (chopped)
  • 4 spring onions (chopped) (green part)
  • 200 gms baby spinach (chopped)
  • ½ kg mushrooms (chopped)

FOR COATING

  • 2 eggs + 2 tbspns milk (whisked)
  • 2 cups bread crumbs + chicken salt + italian herbs + 2 tbspns grated parmesan cheese
  • Oil for shallow frying

Procedure:

  • Season potatoes with all the spices and salt and mash. Add everything else except mushrooms.
  • Saute mushrooms in 1 tbspn butter until it looks brown.
  • Add sautéed mushrooms to potato mixture and mix.
  • Make round flat patties and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Heat oil.
  • Dip cutlets in egg mixture and then roll in crumbs and fry until the patties are golden brown and crispy. Serve hot with ketchup, pesto or aioli.

Chicken Guacamole Sandwiches

Are you on diet? Looking for a substitute for Mayo? Craving for some snack? Wanna plan a tea party? Want some easy idea for Birthday party? A side for BBQ party?

Yes, This is the recipe you are looking for. Healthy and natural, without any heavy sauces or butter.

Most people dont like avocados because of its bland taste, but hey! its not a fruit. It is good for your health and rich in healthy fats and omega 3 and a perfect substitute for Mayo and butter, so why not switch to it?

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken breast (boiled/ roasted/ grilled) (shredded)
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 4 tbspns chopped red bell pepper
  • 4 tbspns chopped tomato (without seeds)
  • 4 tbspns chopped red onion
  • 2 tbspns chopped jalapenos
  • 1 tbspn chopped coriander
  • A splash of lemon juice
  • 1 tbspn sour cream
  • Some salt and cracked black pepper
  • 6 multigrain/ light rye or white sandwich bread slices
  • Procedure:
  • Mash avocado in a mixing bowl and add all the ingredients in it to make spread.
  • Lightly toast the bread pieces and spread 3 tbspns of chicken mixture in one sandwich. Be generous with your filling.
  • Cut the sandwich neatly with a sharp sandwich knife and serve.