Take a Trip on the Spice Trail

I don't know if you have noticed, but I don't enjoy bland foods. Flavor is so key and I like big, bold taste. I go through bottles of cumin at an unbelievable rate which makes me think I should be exploring beyond that rich smokey flavor. But, instead of substituting, I am expanding what cumin can do for me. I just can't give it up! So I came up with this easy recipe for chicken tenders which could be used as a fun appetizer for a party or an entree for your family. Curry powder is a strong taste, but not spicy, which many people think it has to be. I added some heat, but for those that can not take it or want to serve this to their little ones (I am a huge fan of exposing kids to new flavors!), just don't add it in the marinade. Enjoy your trip to the East!

Yogurt Marinaded Curry Chicken Skewers
Forks & Amusement 2010
makes appetizers for 6 or entrees for 4

12 oz plain yogurt
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, minced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 1/4 pounds of chicken tenders (you can also do this with breasts if you prefer)
wooden skewers
cilantro for garnish (not in the picture, I forgot it!)

In a bowl combine all the ingredients and coat the chicken well. Place everything in a large resealable plastic bag, massage the marinade into the chicken, refrigerate for 1 hour or can be done day before.

In a shallow dish with water, soak enough skewers so that each piece of chicken has its own. Do this at 30 minutes before you take the chicken out of the fridge.

Preheat a grill at high heat. brush some oil on the grates or non-stick spray to make sure chicken will not stick. Take the chicken out of the fridge, skewer once piece on each stick. Place the skewers on the grill (test one and if it seems to be sticking, place some foil on the grill and place chicken on foil) and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side until cooked through. (I usually cut one open to make sure it is done)

Place skewers on a platter, sprinkle with a little cilantro and serve. You can do this ahead of time and serve at room temperature as well.


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