Sunday, October 17, 2010

Roasted Stuffed Chicken - Desi Style

Thanksgiving Day is not quite celebrated in India with as much status it has in the western world. So though a christian I have really not had my fill of Stuffed Turkey " THE dish "  for thanksgiving days.

In the umpteen T.V soaps I have always liked the part where the family celebrates the Turkey carving as big gettogether event. I think I have been highly influenced by Monica ( Courteny Cox)  in Friends on this.
But eating a whole portion of  turkey or chicken is too much for mild non veggies like me, so wanted to adapt it to chicken breasts or thighs. Here is the recipe of stuffed chicken desi style..

Ingredients :

Chicken : 500 Gms  ( Chicken Breast Boneless)

Slice chicken longtitudinal, such that the same piece can be used as a single bigger piece, This is requried for folding in the stuffing and then securing it. Flatten the chicken piece slighlty using a rolling pin.

Make braises on the chicken so that the marinate sticks well. Its good to do on both sides of the chicken.

Marinate :

Curd / Yoghurt   - 2 -3 tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste - 3 tsp
Lime Juice  - 2 tsp
Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
Pepper Powder - 3 tsp
Thai Seasoning -1 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp

Prepare the marinate. Coat chicken well with the marinate. The lime extract helps in making the chicken tender and easy to cook. Refrigerate for about 2- 3 hours. Accidently I kept for about 5-6 hours and I think it turned out better that way.

Filling :

I used the Jugal Sausage Salad left overs, recipe is here
Otherwise, minced chicken, onion, tomato & potato gravy etc can be used for filling.

Spead the filling over one half of the chicken piece, Roll the other portion of the chicken. Secure using toothpicks or tie it up with a thick string.
Roast this prepared chicken in a pan with a little oil for about 3-4 mins. Turn sides and let it roast for another 4 mins. Now transfer contents into a microwavable plate and bake/ grill for about 10 mins at 180 deg C. Turn sides and grill for another 10 mins.

Serve Hot

Jugal Sausage Salad

This is completely an inspired recipe after a mad day at the grocery store where I picked up veggie's in random without anything particular in mind. Its easy to cook and can be served as salad or topping for a pizza, along with noodles or may be even as stuffing..

Chicken Sausages : Skinless ( 4-5 ),
Button Mushrooms : Cleaned ( 4 - 5 )
Onion : 1
Tomato - 1
Capsicum ( Yellow / Blue / Red ) - 1/ 2 each, make as colorful as possible
Red Peppers  : 2 to 3
Parsley Leaves : 1 or 2 ground
Olive Oil  : 1 tsp
Thai Seasoning : 1/2 tsp
Salt to Taste
Coarsely Ground Black Pepper - 2 tsp
Soy Sauce - 1 tsp

Cut Sausage & Mushrooms into small cubes. Capsicums & Peppers into long slivers. Heat a pan and toss fry all the ingredients for about 7 - 8 mins. Do not add any water, mushrooms when heated will release some water content. Serve hot. Garnish with lettuce leaves