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Almond and Red Pepper Chicken

Almond and red pepper chicken is one of my favourite meals. It is a meal that everyone thoroughly enjoys. A real crowd pleaser. It is another meal that can be enjoyed with roti or rice. 

Almond and Red Pepper Chicken

OK I cannot move on without saying, I am so cold that I feel like my toes are abut to drop off. I wish that I could put tiny hot water bottles into my socks. I would love that. For so many years, I thought I was a winter girl. Turns out I am not. Interestingly during my studies, it was suggested by class mates and course notes that I am a summer girl (According to my temperament in the Unani TIbb school of thought). I was like..erm NO WAY BRO. Now I am starting to think it might be true. I can’t be doing with the cold. I cannot concentrate and I feel like my levels of productivity aren’t great. I just want to slug around. 

I am watching a programme on Netflix about Diets and they are currently talking about the Protein Diet. The names for which can be many – Atkins/Caveman/Paleo/South Beach etc etc. It is very interesting to me to learn about these things. I was a huge advocate of the atkins diet and how great it was for the body. My thought about it now are the opposite. It is a quick fix diet. It curbs the appetite but i don’t believe it is a healthy diet. I will go into details in a separate post. Needless to say, it is all about moderation but that in itself is such a huge challenge for so many of us. Anyway the documentary also goes into how these health ‘facts’ come about. In scientific research, often the work is funded by the very people whose interests it serves. So for example, a few years ago we were told to increase our dairy intake for calcium. This research served the dairy industry who funded the research in the first place. Or is that all a conspiracy? Hmm

Anyhow, do enjoy this protein packed meal!

Almond and Red Pepper Chicken

Ingredients

    Marinade
  • 1 1/2 lb chicken breast cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 green chillies crushed
  • 1/2 inch ginger crushed
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 3 tbsp coconut milk from tin
  • 1 tbsp madras curry powder (optional)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp ground almonds
  • 1 tsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Curry
  • 1 tbsp Oil to cook
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 150g baby plum tomatoes diced
  • 1 small red pepper cut into 1/4 inch thick strips

Instructions

  1. Marinate the chicken in all the marinade ingredients and set aside for an hour.
  2. Heat the ghee and oil in a medium sized pan over medium/high heat.
  3. Add the marinaded chicken, pepper and plum tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Turn the heat down and add 1/2 cup of water, cook for a further 6 - 10 minutes or until done.
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