naidufoodrecipes: Lemon Chicken

Monday, February 13, 2012

Lemon Chicken


  1.  4 Boneless chicken breasts
  2. 1 1/2 cups basmati rice
  3. 1 cube chicken stock dissolved in 4 1/4 cups water
  4. 1 cup cauliflower florets
  5. 1 cup beans, cut into 2 inch pieces
  6. 1 tbsp oil
  7. 2 green chillies slit
  8. 1'' cinnamon stick
  9. 3 cloves
  10. 1 bay leaf
  11. 1 large onion, sliced thin
  12. 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  13. 1 1/2 tsp curry powder (I used sambar powder)
  14. 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  15. 1 cup coriander leaves, stalks separated and kept aside
  16. 1 lemon, halved anc cut into slices
  17. salt to taste


1. Clean the chicken and marinate in 1 tbsp lemon juice and a tsp of salt for about half an hour.
2. Soak the basmati rice in water for half an hour.
3. In the meanwhile, slice the onions, chop the cauliflower and beans.
4. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan, add the whole spices and then the slit green chillies. Saute for 3 minutes , then add the sliced onions and saute 5 minutes till transluscent.
5. Put in the marinated chicken and fry on high, keeping each side for about 4 minutes till it browns just a bit.
6. Add the turmeric powder, the sambar powder and the chilli powder and finally the rice and fry for 3-4 minutes.
7. Add the vegetables, the salt, lemon slices, coriander stalks and the chicken stock. Bring to boil, then turn down the flame and simmer after covering the pan with a tight fitting lid.
8. Cook for about 10-12 minutes, stirring just once in a between - the rice will be cooked but separate and the chicken will be tender.
9. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with a tomato raita.

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