Express Chicken

I learnt this preparation from my sister-in-law who is a working mom of two boys. I’ve always felt working moms are super-moms because they need to do everything a stay-at-home mom does PLUS eight or more hours at work! With little to no much time to prepare food in the mornings one must not only come up with faster cooking methods but also make sure the food tastes tasty for the family. This is probably one such innovation by my SIL! Kudos to her!

Though I am not a working mom, there are many days I end up with just 30 mins to prepare lunch and that’s when this preparation comes in handy. Though it may appear a little bland, it tastes really good. No masala of any kind is required. All you need to do is just let the onions, green chillies and the spices work their magic into the chicken!

Ingredients

  • 500gms of Chicken
  • 2 tbsp curd
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 medium onions cut in half and sliced lengthwise
  • 3 green chillies
  • A handful of curry leaves
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 cardamom
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 two inch cinnamon sitck
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp saunf
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste
Method
  • Wash the chicken well and mix it well with the curd, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste and salt. Allow it to marinate for an hour in the refrigerator.
  • Transfer the marinated chicken to a pressure cooker, pour 2 cups of water and pressure cook for 4 to 5 whistles. Once the pressure escapes, open the lid and let the remaining water evaporate on medium flame. Once the water evaporates, turn off the stove.
  • In the meanwhile, take a vok, pour the oil, when medium hot, add the spices, cumin seeds and saunf. As soon as they crackle, add the onions, green chillies and curry leaves. Saute until it turns light golden brown.
  • Add the pressure cooked chicken to the onions and give it a good mix. Allow the chicken to suck in the taste and aroma of the sauteed onions and spices by slow cooking it for 5 minutes of low flame.
  • Turn off stove and serve hot!
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