A Chicken by any other Name - I

Cooking chicken is pretty boring . Washing the pieces if you have bought it fresh takes the mickey out of me and by the time I have graduated to cooking it I have lost all interest and bunged it in the wok with some chopped onions and garlic and covered it and then praised the Lord when the children have eaten it . Not that I'm on the lookout for chicken recipes , mind you,but when one comes across something as uncomplicated and interesting as this one posted by my blogger pal Sandeepa , then one sits up and takes notice and goes out to buy some chicken breasts , nicely cleaned and trimmed of all fat and picks some tulsi leaves to substitute for the basil and lets rip. The result is not bad although I say so myself .
The Recipe - Giada's grilled chicken with basil dressing , tarted up a little by me
500 gm boneless chicken breasts
1/4 cup olive oil
freshly ground pepper
fennel seeds roasted and powdered - 1 1/2 tsp
2tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed

Whisk the marinade ingredients together and rub the mix into the chicken and reserve for about 2 hrs .

Blend two fistfuls of tulsi or if you are lucky,basil , along with a bunch of mint leaves and 2 chopped cloves of garlic .Add a tsp of lemon juice and some lemon zest along with a little salt and pepper to the blend .Whisk it thoroughly and start adding the olive oil till it is blended through and is a lovely translucent green .

Grill the chicken breasts or fry them in a nonstick pan . You wont need any oil . Douse with the basil - mint dressing and serve . I cooked the marinate through and used it as an additional sauce , not that anyone wanted it - the basil-mint concoction was so good .

Serve with a good crusty bread , boiled veggies tossed in a little butter and some mushrooms cooked with oregano and peppercorns .


Poorna Banerjee said...

the original recipe is a part of a show that I HEART. tumi parle please watch Alton Brown's Grilling Week... you'll get it online. He is absolutely amazing.

Sue said...

Ami chai. *sigh*

Anonymous said...

OOh....!! Yummy... Am sure going to try it soon !

Banno said...

I love chicken recipes. Especially the ones that are easy to make. This one sounds delicious.

Suku said...

Yum!!!I love herby chicken!

Tyger Burning said...

I want. I is coming over for some.

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Devasena Hariharan said...

you have a really lovely blog Eve. Good photographic skills. I'm here for the first time.