The next time you make chicken skewers, give them a truly spectacular flavor infusion. The yogurt marinade in this recipe makes the chicken bites not only extremely tender but also super tasty. Pairing it with ginger chutney takes them into the uber-tasting stratosphere.
Ginger chutney can add zing to lots of other dishes as well. Try it with lamb, pork, or mahi-mahi-type fish. Alternate plating idea: place 2 chicken tikka bites onto long picks, place inside a small glass with the chutney at the bottom.
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MAKES 66 BITES
PREPARE THE CHICKEN
2 1/2 LB chicken breasts
Trim chicken, and cut into bite-size cubes.
MAKE THE MARINADE
1 CUP yogurt
1/2-inch pc ginger, grated
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground coriander
2 cloves garlic, crushed in garlic press
1/2 tsp salt
juice from 1/2 lemon
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Add chicken and marinate at least 1 hr in the refrigerator.
PREHEAT BROILER… MAKE THE KEBABS
Thread chicken cubes onto skewers and place in a shallow baking pan. Cook under broiler for 5 min, flip, broil another 3 min.
GET OUT THE FOOD PROCESSOR… MAKE THE GINGER CHUTNEY
Create this chutney the day of the party. You will be using lots of ginger, so be sure to get a nice big piece. Makes 1.5 cups
juice from 4 lemons
3 TB turbinado sugar
9 oz ginger, cut into chunks
1 CUP golden raisins
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 TB pine nuts
4 medjool dates, cut into chunks
1 tsp salt
Put in all the ingredients and blend until smooth.
mint leaves, for garnish
fancy long toothpicks
Take a mint leaf, top each chicken bite, skewer with toothpick. Put the ginger chutney in a bowl, and set the chicken bites inside.
See more recipes for creating cool, mod, Indian-inspired bites in 08 India Calling