Chicken Tenders Masala

  • Yield 4 - 6 servings

Ingredients

Dahl (lentil) Curry:
1 cup red lentils (red dahl) *regular brown lentils may be substituted if red are not available
1/4 cup clarified butter
1 1/2 teaspoons Garam Masala spice blend
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/4 teaspoon fenugreek
1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon fresh grated ginger or ginger paste
2 teaspoons mild yellow curry powder
2 teaspoons spicy red curry powder
2 cups chicken stock or broth
-- salt to taste
1/4 cup yogurt
1 teaspoon lime juice
-- caramelized onions (1/2 cup sliced onions cooked in 2 teaspoons clarified butter)
-- lime wedges and grape tomatoes for garnish
Chicken Tenders Indienne:
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon clarified butter or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon garlic paste
4 ounces plain yogurt
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon grated ginger or ginger paste
1 teaspoon mild yellow curry powder
1 teaspoon spicy red curry powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garam masala spice blend
16 -- chicken tenders (or about 2 pounds)

Instructions

For Dahl Curry:
Soak lentils in warm water to cover for 15 minutes. Drain, rinse and drain again.

Meanwhile, as lentils soak, prepare the following:

Heat ghee or clarified butter in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the garam masala, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, and fenugreek stirring until spices begin to have a nice aroma. Add the onions cooking and stirring until they have turned a deep golden color. Add the garlic, ginger and curry powders stirring and cooking until mixture has formed what looks almost like a thick paste. Stir in chicken stock and drained lentils. Taste liquid for salt. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer until very tender, mashing up the lentils slightly with the spoon. (Cook about 45 minutes) Mixture should have the consistency of cooked oatmeal. Stir in yogurt and lime juice.

As lentils cook, prepare caramelized onions cooking until golden brown and broil chicken as follows.

For Chicken:
Preheat broiler.
Prepare marinade by combining the lime juice, butter/oil, garlic, yogurt, salt, honey, ginger, curry powders, cumin and garam masala in a small mixing bowl. Brush the mixture over all sides of the chicken and lay on foil-lined shallow baking pan.

Place under broiler, turning with tongs after 5- 6 minutes. Cook about 10 – 12 minutes or until juices run clear.

To Serve and Garnish:
Spoon the dahl curry onto serving platter and top with caramelized onions. Arrange chicken tenders on top. Serve with lime wedges and garnish with grape tomatoes.

Makes 4 – 6 servings

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