Sunday, October 30, 2011

Chicken in Basil and Garlic Sauce

Here is a quick and easy recipe that not only tastes great but is also very healthy.

Approximate preparation time: 10 minutes
Approximate cooking time: 25-30 minutes
Serves: 4
Serving suggestion: Steamed rice, naan

  • 500 gm boneless chicken, preferably breast, diced.
  • 400 ml chicken or vegetable stock, mildly salted
  • 1 tblsp olive oil; can be substituted for 2 tblsp butter
  • 1.5 tblsp Basil leaves, dried
  • 1 tblsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 7-8 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 2-4 green chillies, finely sliced
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1-2 tsp Black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Lemon rind, a pinch
  • Fresh coriander, for garnishing

  1. In a large dish, season chicken with salt and pepper, allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  2. In a skillet or wok, over medium heat, add in the olive oil (or butter), garlic and chicken, saute for 5-7 minutes, or until the chicken is golden brown.
  3. Once chicken gains the color, stir in about 100 ml stock and the herbs, allow to cook for another 10-14 minutes, until the chicken cooks and the stock is reduced.
  4. Remove chicken from the skillet (or wok), keep it warm.
  5. Add the remaining stock, chopped chillies and a pinch of salt to the skillet (or wok).
  6. Keep it on the heat until the stock is reduced to about half.
  7. Pour over the chicken, the reduced stock.
  8. Add lemon juice, lemon rind and garnish with fresh coriander.
Serve hot with steamed rice or plain naan

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