Slow cooked chicken : 2 ways

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I have started thinking arabic food to be of less carb and I find arabic recipes can be transformed into low carb meals, which is why my new addition to my cookbook collection “when Suzanne cooks” has inspired me and made me try the second recipe from the book. well I really don’t follow the recipes exactly like I’ve mentioned before I use the recipe as an inspiration.

Suzanne’s recipe called for brining of the chicken which I couldn’t follow due to time restrictions which made me adjust the recipe to suit my schedule and taste buds.

I had all my ingredients for brining but no time. I went though the book and started following immediately. so I decided to slow cook my chicken and stuff it with fruit and nut rice.

wow that seems yummy while I type and it was delicious too.I never thought I’d fall for slow cooked chicken. I added a Maggie BBQ chicken mix over a tablespoon of olive oil that was on a pan over medium heat. I gave it a quick mix and put the full chicken on top coating the sides and top with the marinade mix and quickly covered the pot while turning the flame to very low.

that’s just two ingredients with a full chicken. my mom has always told me that you don’t need much water to cook chicken as the chicken meat has water sufficient to cook on it own. i never listened to her and add a lot of water to my chicken gravy with a greed for more gravy so that I can use the leftover gravy for dinner with some bread or string hoppers. finally I always end up with a very runny gravy which doesn’t tastes good as a thick Kurma type one.

so today I wanted to try slow cooking method with no knowledge of it and voila, it turned out super delicious and juicy, the sides had a golden brown crust and the chicken just came apart better than the store-bought ones (according to myself).

well I just slow cooked it for 40 minutes on a normal pot, unbelievably 🙂 delicious. For the rice I followed Suzanne’s recipe with some substitutes to the nuts I added almonds only with prunes, dates, raisins and pomegranates.

i stuffed the chicken with the rice and tried my hands on food styling with a baby crawling in my kitchen.

 

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that’s the chicken sizzling in my pot over Maggie BBQ mix and olive oil. no that’s not all the olive oil you see, it’s the water that the chicken and slow cooking method which has developed a gravy.

 

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the rice mix ready waiting colorfully to get into the chicken and hide before we devoured it.

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the lovely stuffed chicken that made my saturday lunch colorful and delicious.

  • my second time in slow cooking
  • my first ever stuffed chicken
  • my first ever chicken that turned out juicy with no gravy 🙂

 

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this was my first ever slow cooked chicken on biryani masala with some yogurt and a full tomato and brinjal. This chicken was slow cooked for nearly one and a half hours and i guess its a bit over cooked yet juicy. so my lesson is that i better cook it for 40 minutes next time which is the perfect timing.

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so here are a few of my food styling practical images.

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finally I’ve learnt that slow and steady wins the race even while cooking 🙂

 

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Weekly Food Stories

From Dubai

Its been three weeks since I am back in dubai and I’ve had many different experience and experiments with food. I have taken loads of pictures and posted on my instagram but never got a time to write a proper blog post. After all the pampering and help I got in sri lanka for the past 10 months, living alone in dubai has made my life busy giving me no time to sit and write a nice blog post. I love blogging and thats what I enjoy in my free time so I guess my future posts would be short of words and more images.

my week in pictures

i won suzanne husseini’s when suzanne cooks from delna prakashan of disoverspice.com on the recipe contest. i was so looking forward to get my hands on the book and was eager to try some recipes out of it.

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it was a good signed copy 🙂

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so as i was looking for some low carb options this recipe attracted me having got all the required ingredients i started preparations and this is how it looked…

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having used pomegranates for the recipe i wouldn’t have if i dint try this wonderful way of deseeding the pomegranates. its such a wonder and make deseeding pomegranates easy as ABC. I bought a meat tenderiser from sri lanka and my husband said he dont like eating beef or mutton anymore, i was so worried how i am gonna use it but now am glad i brought it here instead of leaving back in sri lanka. i used it to deseed the pomegranates.

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made a sugar free sweet rice kichchadi with kithul treacle and raisins. it was good with those dates.

made a sugar free sweet rice kichchadi with kithul treacle and raisins. it was good with those dates.

am not a beans fan but i really liked fava beans better than baked kidney beans. i think it tastes better.

tried fava beans for the first time with paratha i say its a good low carb option.

tried fava beans for the first time with paratha i say its a good low carb option.

made some toast with home made bread, kithul treacle and cinnamon powder from sri lanka bought at the g

made some toast with home made bread, kithul treacle and cinnamon powder from sri lanka bought at the good market

Recipe

Ingredients-

1/2 a baguette or 4 slices of home made bread

1 table spoon kithul treacle

1/3 of a cup of low fat milk

1 egg

a pinch of cinnamon powder

butter to coat the pan

cooking instructions-

  1. mix together the milk, kithul treacle, egg and cinnamon powder.
  2. cut the bread into bite size pieces.
  3. coat the pan with butter.
  4. dip each piece of bread in the egg batter and cook all sides until golden brown.

serve warm as it is.

 

tried making some cakes on a macaroon sheet which i ordered o ebay long time back.

 

these organic cinnamon powder mixes by ma’s are so aromatic and just pinch is enough for an egg.

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tried making some cakes on a macaroon sheet which i ordered o ebay long time back.

these sponge cakes were made with flour which i dono the expiry date of but they tasted good.

the ones i made on macaroo sheets are still in my fridge waiting to be transformed into a dessert -)

the sponge cake ad macaroon cakes

the sponge cake ad macaroon cakes

 

making a kofta is made easy with these knorr kofta spice

making a kofta is made easy with these knorr kofta spice

i just enjoyed preparing them.

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using up those green that accompany the grilled chicken.

using up those green that accompany the grilled chicken.

 

recipe

Ingredients

a handful of arugula

a few mint leaves

2 tablespoons of feta cheese

half a cucumber chopped

2 teaspoons of olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

4 slices of tomatoes

half an onion chopped

preparation instructions

  1. chop the basil and arugula
  2. sprinkle the chopped onions and feta.
  3. spread the cucumbers.
  4. season with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  5. place the tomatoes on top and serve with rice or bread.

Arabian Twist Recipe Contest

It was a rainy tuesday noght when I came across the note on Facebook about a revipe writing contest.
The challenge was to create a recipe with any middle eastern ingredient and find out why it makes a difference. I was having a lits of zataar in stock and some ideas pouring in to me which I quickly tried out on Wednesday the 30th of October.  Clicking from everyside using my brothers dslr as an amateur food photographer I was keen on taking a perfect image.

On the 31st of October late in the evening I posted the document with my recipe and images.

Eagerly waiting for a winner to be announced with fingers crossed if I will be able to win Suzanne Hussains cook book “when Suzanne cooks”.
It was again a Wednesday night, rainy with lightning when I checked my bligs email and found a message from the recipe contest host starting with congratulations. My heart was beating and I was overwhelmed with joy and full of smiles.
We can lways buy a recipe book which can be affordable at times but when o
You win a book its something special.  Words can never describe the joy of winning a book. When the book you won is something you’ve wanted in a ling time the happiness is double with the relief on thinking that “its great you dint buy when you felt like it ” which would have made your house with two books of the same sort. Let alone the second hand book stores where you might be able to sell one if there is any spare books.
So am now a few mikes off fron being the owner of when Suzanne cook’s.
I can wait to try the recipes fron the book.

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The contest on facebook. Discoverspice.net

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The book I won.

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The most awaited email.

A link to my recipe is found below or search for zataar keema pizaa on my search bar –
http://wp.me/s3V82E-2423

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