Saturday, August 11, 2012

Current Addiction

Uninspired by the same old chicken marinade I tried a new one.  I loved the flavors, and how tender the yogurt seemed to make the chicken.  We grilled it quickly--it's too hot to stay outdoors too long!

You will need:
 one pound or so fileted chicken breasts.  Place in a ziploc bag.  I like to do as Marcella Hazan does, and  turn a single breast into two or three flat filets, depending on the thickness.

Mix: 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup cilantro, two minced garlic cloves, half a tablespoon paprika and ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Don't be stingy with the salt, as it helps permeate and flavor the chicken.  Smooth with a tablespoon or more of olive oil, pour into baggie, seal, and mush about until it's evenly distributed.

Since I know I'll be cooking it thoroughly soon, I prefer to marinate meats at room temperature, it speeds up the process.  After two or more hours, grill.  Serve on pilaf, with a delightful salad.  You'll love it!


  1. I have come by this post twice. I didn't want to be the first one to comment. I wanted someone else to say something so I could respond to what they said, isn't that silly?

    I have a couple of your recipes in my little notebook now. I use them regularly and count on them, and I thank you, because I'm not an imaginative cook.

    My taste buds are not adventuresome. Some days are better than others. Today John lit on a clue as to why: my sense of taste is tied in with migraines. When I have a migraine my senses are heightened and I want bland, bland, bland. This morning I had a migraine (a minor one, in my little migraine pantheon.) Tonight I made us a nice pasta dish with spices and dressing and I couldn't eat it. I went back into the kitchen and got plain pasta and broccoli, put a bit of parmesan on it and was happy.

    Which is a long way around to saying, even on a good day, I will probably not eat a dish that has cilantro and cumin in it. But John will.

  2. Sans the chicken, although that looks really good - I had the greek yogurt with clover honey

  3. Petrea: thanks for letting me know about the recipes--that's so sweet! Sheesh, my condolences on migraine and taste buds--
    PA: Yeah, that's my real addiction. Greek yogurt!

  4. It's not the worst thing in the world! Some people have horrid migraines every day and I do not. Mine are controllable, they just have these funny side effects. Plus I can't lose with a caprese salad, any day of the week.