Thursday, November 11, 2010


This is a dish I created last year for a non conventional dinner with friends.
I took the inspiration from the indian cuisine that my husband and I love so much for its creamy texture and its abundance of spices and herbs.
I was trying to find the right combination between the simplicity of italian food and and the exotic note of eastern taste. The result was great!

for 4 people

4 chicken upper tighs
a tablespoon of french mustard
a teaspoon of mixed dried herbs (coriander, marjoram, thyme, rosemary and, last but not least, my best-loved “everlasting” if you’re so lucky to find some)
half a teaspoon of cumin seeds
half a glass of buttermilk
half a glass of white wine
4 tablespoons of olive oil
sea salt
ground black pepper
crushed hot chilly pepper

Take the skin and the bone off the tighs, dice the meat or let the butcher do this for you if you are half as lazy as I am.
Season with olive oil (use a brush or do it with your hands if you like dirty jobs!), dried herbs, cumin, pepper and chilly pepper, then put the diced chicken in the fridge to get all the flavours. Leave it for about half an hour.
Put the olive oil into a large pan and cook the chicken until it becomes light brown on all the sides of the cubes. Add the wine and let evaporate for a while, then add salt, mustard and buttermilk (if you can find it use 150 g of natural yogurt), put the lid and let cook for about 45 minutes. It doesn’t take a long time to cook because the chicken is diced and, moreover, tighs meat is rather soft.
At the end of this time, if you reckon that the cooking juice is too watery, transfer the chicken cubes into a serving dish and let the juice boil off until it is nice and creamy, then pour it on top of the meat.
Serve with peas (cooked in a bit of oil and finely chopped parsley) on a side.

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