Easy Chicken

The only way to name this chicken dish is what comes to my mind first…and that is ‘Easy’. Yes, that’s right, eeeasssy. I have seen such exotic and complicated chicken dishes all my life -that I just have to mention this as one of my first quick dinner recipes. Now there’s one excuse to not eat healthy ( “No time” ) thrown right out the window.
To make it a complete dinner, I will also mention a side of veggies, let’s say carrots and broccoli. In case, either is not in season, you can jumble up any two vegetables of your choice. Just make sure to take your pick from vegetables in season. Eating fresh is eating healthy so please, no frozen foods this time. Good sides for chicken being mushrooms, beans, cauliflower, potatoes( now, don’t be afraid of these-just remember to avoid bread if you have these on your plate), cucumbers, tomatoes or lettuce/salad greens.Needless to mention, most of these will not need to be cooked, just use that time in cutting or decorating them in a fancy way.

I must mention here that a steamer is a must for all kitchens. In case, you don’t have one, yes – go get it! Meanwhile this recipe can still be made by boiling the carrots in minimum water just enough to retain crunch and when it is done, add broccoli and drain. Remember to save the drained water for future vegetable soups/broths.

Ingredients :

Easy Chicken :

Broiler Chicken- 800 gms( cut in curry pcs with bone)
Garlic- fresh ground- 12 small or 4 big cloves
Ginger- fresh ground-3-5 gms
Extra virgin olive oil- 3 tbs.
Salt/Fresh ground pepper- to taste

Side :

Carrots-4 small -cut in cubes
Broccoli- 100 gms- cut in medium florets to match the carrot cubes.
Melted Butter ( trust me, no harm )- 1 tsp for one portion

Method (Prep. time:20 mins.):

In a deep pan , pour some extra virgin olive oil and add the chicken together. We don’t want to put the olive oil too much earlier, like regular cooking oil, as it’s smoke point is too low. Burnt olive oil is worse than any other. Right after adding the chicken put in the ground ginger and garlic( fresh please).Cover lid on medium heat and prepare the carrot cubes. Throw in the steamer for 5 mins. Once they are done, then throw in the broccoli with the carrots-we don’t want to really cook the broccoli. Just give it a nice green color with it’s crunch intact.
Meanwhile , turn the chicken over and cover the lid again on med. heat.
Once, the chicken is done , put on a plate with the side of the veggies. You can add salt and fresh pepper on the veggies if you like, personally, I don’t see any need for these additives.Melt some butter in a microwave and garnish on vegetables and serve hot. Bon appetit!…… :-)

Note : For all those who love tweaking or spicing things up, you can add dry ground fenugreek/or mint(if you don’t have fenugreek) to the chicken when it is done but still in the pan. Just cover lid for a minute for the flavour to get soaked in the chicken. Mix with chicken and then put on plate. No need to add bread to this dish for dinner. Just eat more of it if you are still hungry.

About Shaloo Dogra

Shaloo Dogra is a wellness coach and director at Epicurean Hospitality Services Pvt. Ltd. in Gurgaon, India. She has been part of the hospitality industry for almost 20 years providing food solutions to industries, institutions and for events. She is dedicated to structured consultation for individuals for fitness, nutrition, intermediate level yoga and meditation. For more on this, please see her website: www.shaloodogra.com She is married to Rajat Dogra and has two wonderful boys aged 16 and 13.
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