Author Jean Morrison
Balti Chicken - Easy recipe with an unusual taste
I love the sauce in this recipe - it has an exquisite taste. The original recipe that this was adapted from has poppy seeds in it too but I dislike using them as they get in between your teeth and don't look too glamorous, especially if you have visitors for dinner. It is a very cheap and easy recipe for when you have guests over. In the photo, Balti Chicken is served with Potato Wedges and a noodle salad.
1 hour 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Quantity: Serves 4 with vegetables
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3 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons tomato sauce
1/3 teaspoon chilli sauce (more if you like hot food)
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon garlic
1 and 1/2 tablespoons coconut
1 and 1/2 tablespoons sesame seeds
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoons ground coriander seeds
500 gm (1 pound) chicken thigh fillets
Mix the first eleven ingredients together. Slice the chicken thinly and marinate in the sauce for one hour.
Heat oil in your wok and tip in the chicken and the marinade sauce. Cook gently and serve with cooked vegetables or your favourite Chinese stir fry vegetables and rice noodles. Serves 4.
This is also delicious using other meats such as lean, stir fry beef or lamb. If you use a meat that needs a longer cooking time then you will need to increase the amount of water used in the recipe.
The chicken is a descendant of the Southeast Asian red jungle fowl, first domesticated in India around 2000 B.C. Chickens and turkeys are known to cross-breed, these breeds are known as "Turkins". There are more chickens than people in the world. Chicken meat is a good source of the mineral selenium that is an infection-fighting anti oxidant. Chicken contains lysene which is an anti viral amino acid. It also contains good amounts of vitamin B3, B6 and potassium. Chicken is a useful source of protein if the skin is removed.
Cumin is a flowering plant that produces a compact, tiny fruit that holds one seed. The ground seed is mainly used in Indian and Mexican cuisine but also is used in the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Asia. It has a slightly bitter-sweet taste. Cumin aids digestive problems so it is good to eat at the same time as beans. It is said to relieve diarrhoea, nausea and morning sickness.
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