Friday, October 15, 2010

Simple Pleasures of Life

Peri-peri Chicken
Crunchy Baked Chicken

The highlight of my usual week day is returning home from work to my 3 year old son. By the time I reach my house, I would usually be tired and at times, frustrated. And though I have the key to my house, I don't use it, because the next few moments are the ones I am eagerly waiting for. The moment I ring the door bell, I can hear the pitter-patter of tiny feet running towards the door. The door opens a little and a small face with a big grin can be seen. It would be my son. Seeing his smile makes every difficulty seem worthwhile and I would feel warm and fuzzy and loved again. Every tiring moment in the day is suddenly forgotten and my energy is renewed. And as I walk into the house, he either hugs me or calls me to show me what he's been doing. Such simple things make us happy - an honest smile, a listening ear, a shoulder to lean on, a nice meal...

Here are 2 really simple yet delicious and healthy ways to make chicken. They are guaranteed to make your heart sing and your stomach happy. The actual work involved in this is very less.

By the way, this post is dedicated to my friend H who is away from his mother-land and is starting out a new life in another country. He is experimenting in cooking and trying to recreate the wonderfully comforting taste of his mom's cooking. So H, these are really easy recipes for you to try. Since you like spicy food, you will definitely like the first one. I have baked the chicken. In case you don't have an oven, this tastes fabulous fried as well (yes! I did try it). And since you are slim and fit and have a healthy heart that is always singing along with a full-fledged orchestra, you can eat fried food without any bad consequences on your health.

Those of you who are counting calories like me or if your arteries are begging for mercy, then the baked version will be a lot better.

The first recipe is for peri-peri chicken. The first time I had this was from Nandoos restaurant. The moment I tasted it, I knew I was in love - in love with the combination of flavours. I always wanted to recreate this at home. And then I came across this recipe in Latha's blog. I halved the recipe and made it with just 1/2 a kilo of chicken. I also made a few changes. I used dry red chillies ground coarsely as I could not find paprika in the shops here and used lime juice instead of lemon juice. I also omitted the fresh red chillies as I was afraid that would make the dish too hot for my son.

The other recipe is also very very simple (Did I already mention that?) and I'm not sure how I got this recipe. Though I've tried it multiple times to make changes in order to perfect it. It tastes a lot like KFC. Only that it is not fried but baked. And since this is Bangalore and not Kentucky - should we call it BBC? (nah) Crunchy Baked Chicken it is.

I used chicken wings for these recipes as they cook faster. But then again any part of the chicken can be used.


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