Recipes: Non-Vegetarian

Chicken and Mushrooms

After two whole of months of regaling in a house brimming with lively conversation and splits of laughter, amidst the usual occasional rolling of the eyes of course, I finally find myself in an empty one. My parents recently left after enjoying a what I’d like to believe, a blissful vacation with us. With them, my sister – who for the duration of their stay moved in bag and baggage, went too. And if that was not enough, Hubby Dear had to take his business related trip within days of their departure. Which leaves me fending for myself.

Recipe for Chicken & Mushrooms taken from www.hookedonheat.com. Visit site for detailed recipe.

But of course, like most artistic types, I use that time to dwell in my creativity. I can sleep as late as I want to, watching reruns of ‘What Not to Wear’ (what is it with that show that I can never get enough of?), work on my writing commitments into the wee hours of the morning, and the best part yet, experiment with food and test new recipes. Which is not to say that I look forward to this time, but it’s much easier getting rid of a recipe gone horribly bad and turning to a cup of fruit yogurt for dinner rather than trying to convince a famished husband to do the same.


I woke up this morning with a deep longing for some good comfort food. So after a quick breakfast of coffee and toast (yes, I know, how boring!), I decided to head out and see what I could find of fresh produce. As I strolled down the aisles of fresh fruits and greens, ideas kept popping into my head. One look at the abundance of fresh mushrooms reminded me of a sinfully delicious Chicken and Mushroom Stew I had recently. It was warm and comforting, a treat for a lonely week night. The short flashback was all I needed to add it to my basket. Once the mushrooms were in, my hands just moved to pick up the rest of the ingredients. The pot was already simmering in my head, and by the time I got home, I could already taste it.

CHICKEN AND MUSHROOMS
Prep time: 30 min | Cooking time: 30 min | Serves: 2

Ingredients:

4 chicken drumsticks
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp light cooking oil
1 medium-sized onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp minced garlic
12-15 baby portobello mushrooms, quartered
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp crushed black pepper
water, as required
salt to taste
fresh coriander leaves, chopped for garnish

Directions:

Marinate chicken with turmeric and chilli powder, and set aside for half an hour.

Heat oil, and saute onions and garlic till fragrant. Add in mushrooms and fry till lose moisture and turn brown.

Add in chicken, cumin powder and crushed black pepper, and mix well to incorporate spices. Let chicken fry for 5-10 minutes, turning once, till it starts to brown. Add about a cup of water, cover, and let simmer till chicken is cooked through. Add more water if it begins to dry up.

Season with salt, garnish with fresh coriander, and serve with warm bread and a light salad.

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Yasmine
    March 3, 2009

    5 stars
    My husband and I just finished devouring this recipe. I don’t like Egyptian bread except with Egyptian food so I made rice instead of bread. I didn’t know what rice to make so I just sauteed some onions and then added a tablespoon of chopped fresh coriander and just a little pinch of chopped fresh rosemary, added water, brought to a boil and added salt and half a teaspoon of turmeric. And served that with the chicken. Oh this chicken and mushroom recipe is extremely good! I only put half the amount of red chilli powder, but the back pepper kind of made it a bit overwhelming for me, I’m not too used to hot dishes. I love Indian food SO much, but too hot ruins it for me sometimes xD

    Nevertheless, this is a brilliant recipe.

  • Reply
    Ferbit
    May 6, 2008

    5 stars
    This was so yummy! I made it for my family tonight and my 4 & 5-year-olds devoured it. My husband just returned from yet another business trip to India (he goes every few months) and said it was very tasty. That’s saying a lot since he’s been there for the past three weeks! We served it over steamed brown rice. 🙂 Mmmm!

    I have very little experience cooking dishes from India so this was an easy “first try” and I’m eager to try more of your recipes!!! LOVE your website! – Fer

  • Reply
    Supriya Nair
    September 23, 2007

    5 stars
    Great website….different recipes…amazing food photography….:)…

  • Reply
    Marlee
    September 13, 2007

    5 stars
    This looks yum…I think I’ll make it this weekend! Will let you know how it turns out! 🙂

  • Reply
    Spice Of Life
    September 10, 2007

    5 stars
    Simple and easy to make dish ..perfect for a weekday ! and yes I totally agree with you that its easier to experiment when one is all alone ….u can be more creative and experimental 😉

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    September 7, 2007

    5 stars
    There was a definite chill in the air in my part of the country this morning, and I’m ready to cozy up to something warm and different…and this recipe has all those good elements! Thanks, I’ll give it a try this weekend 🙂

  • Reply
    Happy Cook
    September 7, 2007

    5 stars
    Yeah good comforting food.
    Well atleast you are enjoying your time alone.
    When i husband is aways i too love my time alone, till my daughter is back from school

  • Reply
    Cynthia
    September 6, 2007

    5 stars
    Hi Meena! Would you believe that just this week I made this same dish but used sweet green peas instead 🙂 I still have some in the fridge so you know just looking at your pic makes me want to go and heat up some 🙂

  • Reply
    Andy
    September 6, 2007

    5 stars
    Looks just splendid. Great for a cool fall day!

  • Reply
    Latha
    September 6, 2007

    5 stars
    The chicken looks delicious, even though I’m a vegetarian myself. I’m sure my family would love this, chicken and mushrooms – both things they love. Will give it a shot!

  • Reply
    Mansi
    September 6, 2007

    5 stars
    Simple and hassle-free..ideal for a weekday!:)

  • Reply
    Katerina
    September 6, 2007

    5 stars
    I agree, this looks like perfect comfort food!

  • Reply
    Hillary
    September 6, 2007

    5 stars
    That looks really good – nice job! My comfort food is pasta and meat sauce…really simple and satisfying.

  • Reply
    Pooja v
    September 6, 2007

    5 stars
    HI,
    this is a easy and lovely recipe. This is a must try on my list.

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