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Spicy Island Chicken

Spicy, saucy, succulent and sensational! What more can I say?

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Special Equipment


1) To brown the chicken: Salt and pepper the chicken. Heat a shallow layer of oil in a 6-quart, heavy-bottomed saucepan (that comes with a lid) and, when the oil is hot, brown the chicken pieces well, on both sides, turning once (use tongs). Keep transferring each batch of browned chicken to a tray while you continue to brown the rest. When done, pour out all the oil but do not wipe out the pan. Put the same pan back on the stove.

2) To sauté the vegetables and make the sauce: Add the clarified butter and turn the heat on to high. When the fat is hot, add the onions. Cook the onions over high heat, stirring frequently, until they give off their liquid and help deglaze the bottom of the pan. Let the onions turn light golden, and then stir in the scallions, garlic, jalapenos, ginger, curry, cumin and turmeric. Cook the vegetables with the spices until they become fragrant, then add the flour and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in the stock, strained tomatoes, tomato paste and yogurt.

3) To simmer the chicken and serve: Add the browned chicken and bring the sauce up to a full simmer, over medium heat. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low and cook the chicken until it’s perfectly tender, about 30 minutes (add some of the retained liquid from tomatoes, if after half the simmering, the mixture seems to need moisture). Season with salt and pepper and serve hot with a simple rice pilaf and a basket of freshly fried Indian Bread Puffs [3].