Saturday, December 27, 2014

Parsi Chicken with Golden Raisins

This sweet flavored Indian chicken dish combines onions, ginger, garam masala and chiles with the sweetness of brown sugar and golden raisins in a tomato based sauce.  The chicken is first browned then slowly simmered in the sauce to a nice soft fall-off-the bone texture.  The result is a delicious sweet sauce complimented with the spices of garam masala and  the root flavors of onions and ginger.  The dried chiles provide slight heat.

Serve this dish with a side of steamed basmati rice or naan bread.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Special Ingredient: Garam Masala can be purchased at most Asian Food Markets or you can make your own using this Garam Masala recipe.


2 lb. chicken pieces (legs, thighs, breasts)
salt and freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 large yellow onion chopped
2 garlic cloves chopped
2 inch ginger chopped
3 dried chiles de √°rbol
2 teaspoons Garam Masala
2 tablespoons tomato paste
5 oz golden raisins
1.5 tablespoons coconut vinegar
1.5 tablespoons soft brown sugar

Season the chicken with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Place the canola oil over high heat in a large deep skillet with lid.   Add the chicken pieces to the pan to brown the meat on all sides (about 5-6 minutes).  Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.

Reduce the heat to medium and add the onions to the pan and saut√© until soft (about 4 minutes).  Add the garlic, ginger, garam masala and dried chiles to the onions and stir the ingredients together for 1 minute.  Pour in one cup water along with the tomato paste and stir the ingredients to combine.  Return the browned chicken to the skillet. Reduce the heat to a low simmer, cover and let cook for 20 minutes.

Add the golden raisins to the skillet along with the coconut vinegar and brown sugar.  Stir the ingredients together until the sugar is dissolved into the sauce.  Cover and let simmer for another 10 minutes.

Serve while hot with a side of steamed basmati rice or naan bread and enjoy.

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