Hello there fellow friends and bloggers! Today is the day I have been excited about for the last week….co-blogging cooking day! My friend Amber and I decided to take a dish that we were nervous about cooking and just do it. Amber picked swordfish and I picked chicken tikka.
I love Indian food, I generally love the heat, the taste and the warm feeling inside your belly. I looked at a few different recipes and decided to make up my own. (I do that a lot I feel that its more fun when cooking.)
First you want to get all your ingredients together:
8-10 thin sliced chicken breasts
2 cups plain yogurt
2 tbsp lemon juice
4 tsp cumin
2 tsp cayenne
2 tsp cinnamon
1.5 tsp garlic
1 tsp paprika
2 tbsp curry paste (I don’t believe we have this kind here…I bought mine in Ireland)
4 tsp curry powder (I normally use mine from Ireland but, I picked on up at Trader Joe’s and its just as good)
2 tsp white pepper
2 tsp salt
I cleaned the chicken and seasoned it with a little S&P. I placed it into the crock pot and then added all ingredients on top. You can mix them together separately if you want but I don’t like getting another dish dirty if I don’t have too.
Turn your crock pot to either high – 2 hours or low – 4 (I prefer low because everything gets a chance to marinate longer…keep in mind if your chicken is thicker you will need a longer cooking time.)
After two hours I lifted the lid, appreciated the smells for a minute and stirred it all up.
I know that technically you aren’t supposed to stir things once they are in the crock pot but hey, I live on the edge!
When the chicken had 35 minutes left I put on my rice cooker, my new favorite kitchen appliance, and cooked 3 cups of rice.
Once done I piled a heap of rice onto the plate and topped it with a generous helping of chicken tikka.
I was so excited to eat this all day long. It filled the house with a wonderful aroma and made everyone hungry. I sat down with a big glass of Coke and my scrumptious looking plate. I take the first bite and holy moly
my mouth was on fire it was HOT!
I took a few more bites and it didn’t get any better. I ate a quarter of it and realized that no way I was going to be able to finish it even though it tasted amazing.
Mr. A thought it was delicious and finished his entire plate but not after blowing his nose 10 times and drinking 3 glasses of Coke. He added a bit of Ranch dressing too it and said that it was easier to eat.
I really did like this dish but I will need to tone it down a bit next time. I am going to keep the yogurt the same and all the “regular” ingredients but I will half the cayenne, curry paste and curry powder.
I can’t wait to see how good Amber’s turned out!
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