Friday, 29 November 2013

Indian Chicken Recipe: Tandoori Chicken in Oven

Who don’t like tandoori chicken and chicken tikkas! These are the most scrumptious Indian delicacies that we eat quite often in the Indian restaurants. So, I thought let’s give it a try at home. My friend has sent me this recipe and said this recipe was just voted best tandoori chicken in San Francisco by a "completely unbiased" review panel. And believe me, when I made this recipe it was finished in just few minutes. Whoa!!

I served this recipe with another Indian delight i.e. mint and yogurt chutney (Dip). To make this recipe, you need ½ of a cup of mint leaves, ¼ cup of cilantro, 1 green chili pepper, ½ red onion, 3 tablespoon of fresh lime juice, 2 garlic cloves, ¼ cup plain yogurt, salt and pepper to taste. Just put all the ingredients (expect lemon juice) in a blender and blend until it’s a smooth dip. Add lemon juice from the top and mix. Simple recipe isn't it!

You can make this tandoori chicken with a whole chicken but if you are a fitness freak and really concerned about weight management, then just use the chicken breast for this recipe. This tandoori chicken can fall under the categories of Easy chicken breast recipes too. Simply yum!
Let’s not waste time and start cooking –

Monday, 25 November 2013

5 Easy and Quick Meals to Start Your Day

If I talk about my college life, I’ve never been a big breakfast eater. I usually used to skip breakfast because I never used to get up on time and to make up for the lost time I had to rush to college. My quick meal defines as just a cup of coffee with 2 cookies-that’s it! I am just not hungry when I wake up in the morning, in fact I still don’t feel hungry in the morning.

However, after years of skipping my breakfast I realized my body needs energy for every activity and since my body and brain is not getting that significant energy my metabolic rate was high and I used to get tired easily. In fact, I used to feel sleepy for a whole day. So, around 11 or 12 in the afternoon I used to feel super hungry and end up eating all junks which was available starting from burgers to fries for lunch to sodas. Even though I was always aware of the fact that breakfast is the most essential meal of the day I used to skip it because I was too lazy to make a breakfast. But, today I am sharing 5 easy and quick meals for breakfast so that you won’t skip your meals. Now I don’t skip my breakfast for sure –

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Less-Guilt Fried Chicken Breast Recipe

Fried Boneless Chicken breast recipe, sounds astonishing but also make us little conscious about that increasing waist line. So, what should be a solution to it? Well, try for some healthy alternatives instead of the traditional method and make this recipe less-guilt if not totally guilt free for 100%.

There is always a confusion whether to marinade the chicken pieces or not! Some says marinating is important but there are some people who don’t believe in marinating. They says it hardly affects the taste of chicken. Anyways I fall under the category who believes in marinating. It helps chicken to absorb that extra moisture and flavors plus it also helps in making the chicken juicy and tender. There are many ways to marinade a chicken recipe. Starting from simple seasoning with salt, pepper and lemon juice to alcohol marinating. What I like the most is, marinating in buttermilk or yogurt.  It turns any simple recipe into a scrumptious, juicy and delightful recipe. Additionally, it’s healthy too!

Okay for this recipe, I’m using electric fryer you can also use traditional skillet pan for frying. In an electric fryer what I like the most is that you can control the temperature and frying can be done in a perfect temperature which don’t make any recipe over-cooked or over-fried and it maintains the juiciness and crunchiness on skin at the same time.

Anyways let’s begin the journey of this less-guilt chicken breast recipe –

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Stuffed Bell Pepper with Baked Chicken and Rice

One of my favorite side dish for Thanksgiving is Stuffed Bell Pepper with baked chicken and Rice. It’s not just simple to make but it’s scrumptious too. The flavors and herbs are not very bold but it just melts in the mouth. All you need is some baked chicken or you can use leftover chicken pieces too.

Thanksgiving is all about turkey but making some simple dishes like baked chicken recipes are also worth for this day. I prefer chicken dishes in the side dishes. Believe me once you will try this recipe you will make it each day, it’s that yummy. Ideally you can use brown rice or wild rice for this recipe, but I used Chicken fried rice and added baked chicken pieces into this with some veggies and simply stuffed them in bell peppers and baked it for 20-25 minutes. The aroma and flavors are such that it can beat any Chinese restaurant near you.

Simply baked chicken breast pieces in an oven seasoned with salt and pepper and prepare the chicken fried rice as instructions given in the package. For this recipe, you can use any bell pepper whether it’s green, yellow or red. The added veggies, not just improves the flavors but it make the recipe healthy too.

Let’s not waste anymore of time and jot down the ingredients first and later the procedure –

Friday, 15 November 2013

Lip-smackingly Juicy and Easy Meatloaf Recipe

What’s for dinner, honey? I guess we ladies almost hear this every day. Tell them that you made something called broccoli or kale and then you get to look at their weird and funny faces.  My daughter makes the best excuse when she don’t want to eat spinach or okra, she has this fixed excuse of stomach ache. Ahhh... these kids! But then you tell them that you had prepared a meatloaf for dinner and  her sparkling eyes are filled with joy.

Who don’t like meatloaf recipe? We all love meatloaf and we all have our very own style of making this recipe. I like variety, I never stick to one recipe in fact each time I add something new or some special ingredient in the recipe. As we know that – “variety is the spice of life”! There are plenty of ways to make a meat loaf and there are plenty of recipes for meatloaf; starting from our granny’s cookbook recipe to the Italian style of meatloaf. From home style meatloaf to the restaurant style baked meatloaf. Each recipe has its own style, ingredients and procedure.

For an easy meatloaf recipe, we need ingredients like ground beef, onion, mushroom, bread crumbs and egg etc. last time when I made this dish I was looking for some interesting twist in the recipe. I had the packet of Knorr Onion soup, the one you use to make French onion soup. This soup has perfect flavors of onion, savory herbs, vegetable and garlic flavor which uplifts the recipe completely to the different level. I had no idea that a simple soup recipe can uplift the dish so incredibly.

Keep reading for the recipe.