My evening today reminds me of the song " Jaate the Japan, pahunch gaye Cheen"(Planned something and ended up with something quite different).
I had planned on making a Cous Cous Chicken. Cous Cous, the new wonder food is doing the rounds. I had come across an interesting recipe for Cous Cous Chicken in a women's magazine. It was new, different, easy to prepare, healthy, a one dish meal and thus perfect for a Friday night dinner. A night when you begin celebrating the two day holiday ahead, want to have something special and yet are not looking at anything fussy or elaborate( those are for Sunday mornings or Saturday evenings). By the time you get back home on Friday, you are physically exhausted, mentally tired and just want to put your feet up. Maybe if you are a foodie, you will make it to the kitchen and rustle up something in a jiffy.
I got late at work and could not pick up the Cous Cous. It is unfortunately not available with the neighborhood grocer. I got back home and decided to make a Fiesta chicken instead only to discover that I did not have raisins, a key ingredient in the dish. Finally after much deliberation and inventory search settled for a Mediterranean version. In this easy dish versatile chicken mingles with the flavors of white wine, herbs and garlic. Calls for ingredients that one usually has on hand.
Mediterranean Chicken( Serves four)
Chicken: 500 grams
Tomato puree: 6 tbsps
Wine: 1/4th cup( I used white wine)
Bay leaves: 2/3
Mixed Herbs: 1 tsp( I had run out of Basil so used some Rosemary and Thyme)
Garlic: 3/4 pods, crushed
Chilli powder: 1 tsp
Sugar: 1 tsp
Salt: To taste
Cornflour/Maida: 1 tsp
Olive oil: 1 tsp( Optional if using a non-stick pan)
Spaghetti: 200 grams( boiled in salt water to which olive oil has been added and drained)
Heat a non stick pan. Add the chicken and cook till it changes colour. This should take a couple of minutes.
Add tomatoes and all the seasoning.
Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the chicken is tender( add a little water if necessary).
Dissolve 1 tbsp of maida in a cup of water and add to the chicken.
Boil well and serve over spaghetti.
The sauce tastes delicious and has a glossy texture. Can also be an accompaniment for Pulaos and Fried rice.
Bon Apetit and Happy Cooking!