Spicy Chicken Tikka on Naan with Cucumber Raita

I love getting a mix kebab (donner+chicken tikka+sheekh) over the weekend. But at a £5 price tag it is expensive. While I love donner kebab its also very fatty and unhealthy. Today I wanted to make my own takeaway meal with the chicken tikka on naan making it a good takeway meal to indulge on. 

I should mention the recipe was spicy with some sweat streaming on my forehand so I if you can’t handle spice very well half the spices to make it mild. 

 

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Method:

  1. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and mix the chilli powder, paprika powder and cayenne pepper to the yoghurt to make it into a paste. Add the birds eye chilli to the paste and add the chicken pieces and marinate for 4-6 hours.
  2. On a hot pan add a slight dash of olive oil or sunflower oil and fry the chicken pieces on both sides.
  3. Grill the chicken on a medium grill for 10 to 15 minutes. 
  4. For the cucumber raita cut the cucumber into bite size pieces and mix it with the yoghurt and add the cumin and refrigerate it for an hour. I made the raita the same time as the marinade.  
  5. Serve with salad or eat on its own. 

Although the chicken was spicy I just used water to calm my mouth. How do you combat spicy food in your mouth, do you use water, milk, milkshake or just water? 

Chicken Chow Mein

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post as I have been a quite busy not blog related but I have managed some recipes to sure be easy and yummy.

Like anyone else I am a big fan of fast food and takeaway McDonalds, Pizza hut, KFC you name it. I am a big fan of Chinese food but not a big fan of the hefty price tag associated with it and not mentioning the salt content. To satisfy my Chinese food craving I tried to find a recipe for a chow mein which was simple, easy and would not break the bank. And I was not disappointed with the recipe I found from the Chinese chef Ken Hom  . I adapted by adding the recipe with some shreds of chorizo and the chilli giving some added heat to the dish.

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Method:

  1. Add the shreds of the chicken to the marinade of 20mins.
  2. Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions and soak in cold water so it stopped cooking further
  3. In a wok or bigger pan add some vegetable oil and cook the chicken for 2-5 minutes till it’s cooked. Then set aside.
  4. Pan fry the spring onions, pepper, onion, chorizo, green beans and bean sprouts for a couple of minutes. Then set aside.
  5. Drain the noodles from the water and fry the noodles for a few minutes. Add the remaining cooked chicken and vegetables and add the marinade to the pan.

Serve.

How do you cook your chow mein, I would like to hear your tips?

Note: I cooked the noodles and vegetables in batches especially if cooking for more than one person, unless you have a good wok.

 

Tandoori Chicken

This Sunday I made some Tandoori Chicken after reading a receipe which was a bit different than the way I used to. I normally would have made this by using ready made tandoori chicken powder. But I used ingredients totally from scratch. 

Ingredients
3-4 cloves
5-6 peppercons
4 cloves of garlic
1/2 inch of ginger
1 tsp of paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp of chilli powder or chilli flakes
4 tsp of unsweetened yogurt
splash of olive oil or sunflower oil
3-4 chicken legs

Method:

1. Mix the yogurt with the spices preferably in a blender. If you do not have a blender mix the ingredients in a smooth paste.

2. Slit the chicken with 1/2 inch slits.

3. Marinate the chicken for 8 hours or overnight.

4. Pre-heat the oven to 180 C and cook the chicken pieces in there for about an hour till they are cooked.
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