Lately my routine has not allowed me to update my blog as frequently as I would have liked to. I have come up with a bout of forgetfulness. Not to say I forgot about my blog, but I have been misplaced from my apartment and have had a very ill-regimented schedule. I really missed cooking but now I’m ready to forge ahead with full force! I was staying at my in-law’s house in Toronto and my sister-in-law is a great cook on her own, so I was not really needed in the kitchen. Not that I’m complaining, this was easy for me. Not to say that my sister-in-law’s purpose is to cook for me. She is very sweet and I am lucky to have her as a sister-in-law. But, my time off from the kitchen had something to do with my absolute absent-mindedness. With no responsibilities, I became somewhat aloof.
My husband and I were going to drive back to Kingston to drop off some stuff I had accumulated on my US trip. After sitting in two hours of traffic I suddenly realized I forgot the apartment keys at home. As you can guess my husband was not amused. That’s was when I got the lecture about, “my irresponsibility.” I became a little paranoid, was I showing early signs of dementia? When I mentioned this you should have seen the glare my husband gave me. He was already angry with me forgetting the keys, and my ridiculousness put him over the edge. Thankfully, my husband is a calm person and got over it quickly. Mistakes happen!
I also forgot my camera at my in-law’s. I am quite upset about this, because though I was going through a cooking drought I did manage to make one Spring version of a potato salad. Me being myself, did not upload the pictures beforehand and cannot post the recipe until I get my camera back. These are the two major things I have forgotten recently, but there are countless other things I will not bore you with.
Had enough of my rambling yet? Let’s get on to the chicken, to be honest, I started writing the post for the chicken skewers in green marinade more than a month ago and forgot about it. Then as I was looking through my posts I saw this and wondered why I never finished the post. I guess things always come around to full circle. I really wanted to get back into my blog and thankfully, I had some uploaded pictures on my computer. So here I am now bringing this to you.
This chicken dish is a staple of mine. One thing I never forget to do is to use herbs. My dishes are naked without them. This exemplifies my use of some of my favorite herbs: cilantro and mint. The flavors meld into one. I really think someone should make a hybrid of mint and cilantro. Maybe I should get going on that idea. 🙂 The marination process really allows the chicken to moisten. This also has something to do with the addition of cream into the marinade, indulgent, yes, but well worth it. It also is also a variant from the traditional Pakistani food I cook most of the time. I love using similar and familiar flavors but with a twist. This keeps cooking and eating fun.
Chicken Skewers in a Green Marinade
2 pounds boneless chicken in chunks (breast or thigh)
4 cloves of garlic made into a paste
1/2 cup packed mint leaves, finely chopped
1/2 cup packed cilantro leaves, finely chopped
1 long green chili, finely chopped
juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon crushed red chilis, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
1/4 cup heavy cream
Combine all ingredients except the chicken in a blender or food processor. Place the chicken in a bowl and pour the marinade over it. Allow it to marinate for 3-4 hours. After 3-4 hours place the chicken on skewers and bake on a lightly oiled baking tray in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes or until cooked through. Now that the weather is getting better, this would be great on a charcoal grill. Serve with lime wedges and garnish with mint and cilantro. Accompany with rice or naan.