Easy Indian-Style Chicken

Indian Style ChickenThis is an easy, authentic chicken dish that gets its creaminess from coconut milk, rather than cream or yogourt, so it’s dairy free! This recipe will make enough for 6. I suggest serving it with basmati rice or na’an.

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons cumin seed
1 ½ onions, finely chopped
¼ cup and 2 tablespoons tomato paste
¼ cup and 2 tablespoons water
1 ½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cubed
1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon hot chili paste or siracha (optional)
3 pinches cayenne pepper (optional)
2 teaspoon ground turmeric
salt and pepper to taste
¾ cup chopped cilantro*

Directions:

Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add cumin seeds, and fry for a few minutes until they become fragrant and begin to pop. Stir in chopped onion, and cook until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. In a small bowl, mix together the tomato paste and water, and pour into skillet. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook until it has firmed and turned white, about 5-7 minutes. Add coconut milk, brown sugar, chili paste, cayenne pepper, turmeric, salt, and pepper. Bring mixture to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and continue to simmer until the chicken is tender and no longer pink in the centre, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro before serving.

* Click here to see how to properly clean fresh cilantro.

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Toronto WinterHey folks! Well, I’m back from San Francisco… and as crazy as this seems, I missed being here in Toronto! Yes, the weather out in California was GORGEOUS! Crisp, blue skies… walking around without a coat on… let me tell you; that is a very luxurious feeling for a Canadian in January! But I did miss my friends and family (Yes Ira, that means you). The time away though did give me the opportunity to meet a whole slew of new foodies! I mean, the reason I went out there in the first place was to attend a food show, right? Well, let me tell you, foodies galore!

There were a couple of big trends that I will be blogging about in the up coming weeks (see next week’s Gluten Free recipes!), but “ethnic” foods are still a big crowd pleaser it seems. We’re finishing off Indian cuisine this week, but I’ll have to keep in mind some Japanese and Thai dishes for later on… Maybe a little Latin flair as well? Let me know what you think in the comments section. What ethnic foods would you like to see featured?