Fried Chicken with Almonds

Fried chicken is one of the best thing in the world! I can have it any time, any day, anywhere!! And the best part is…. it doesn’t need too many ingredients and can be prepared within minutes. Even though I say this, I have hardly prepared fried chicken at home till date. Yes this is my second time cooking fried chicken in my kitchen….I had cooked this recipe one time earlier as well. But I needed to fine tune it a bit before posting here 🙂

I used almond paste for this recipe, which gave a very unique nutty flavour to the chicken and the marinade made the chicken soft as well. I simply loved this recipe and will definitely prepare it again!! And yes, you should too… so check out the recipe below and get set go 🙂

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Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Serves: 3 to 4

Ingredients:

Cooking oil – as required for frying

Chicken – 450 g, cut into medium-sized pieces

For the marinade:

Almonds – 70 g, made into a paste

Garlic paste – 2 tsp

Seasoning Mix – 2 to 3 tsp

Paprika – 2 tsp

Chilli sauce (optional) – 1 tbsp

Oil – 2 tsp

Salt – as required

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Step 1: Mix all the ingredients of the marinade and add it to the chicken. Mix well and marinate it for few hours.

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Step 2: Heat oil in a non-stick pan and fry the chicken on medium high flame. Transfer to a plate with tissue paper placed on it to soak off the excess oil.

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Step 3: Serve hot with your favourite sauce.

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We’re all familiar with the phrase “short and sweet”. This is what I was thinking of one afternoon as I was feeling very hungry. I wanted to have something prepared at home, which takes only a few minutes to prepare and at the same time tasty…. exactly like the phrase “short and sweet”. I already had chick peas boiled and kept in my fridge. So this salad was just the right recipe!

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It took me hardly 10 minutes to prepare and I enjoyed it with my afternoon tea 🙂

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Serves: 4

Preparation Time: 10 minutes (excluding time to boil the chick peas)

Ingredients:

Dried chickpeas – 225 gm, soaked in water overnight

Olive Oil – 2-3 tablespoons

Red Onion – 1 medium, sliced

Lemon – 1, freshly squeezed

Garlic – 4 medium cloves, chopped

Ground cumin – 1 teaspoon

Paprika – 1 to 2 teaspoons (make sure you get the good quality paprika to get enhanced flavor)

Coriander or Parsley or both – 1 small bunch, chopped

Ground Pepper – 2 teaspoons

Salt or sea salt to taste

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Step 1: Drain the water from the soaked chick peas and boil them so that they are soft but not mushy. Drain the water and remove any loose skins. Place the chickpeas in a bowl.

Step 2: Add the olive oil, onion, paprika, lemon juice and garlic, and mix well.

Step 3: Add salt and pepper and mix 3/4th of the coriander/parsley leaves. Sprinkle rest of the leaves and serve in small bowls.

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A few tips:

  • Boil chick peas and keep it in stock so that you can make this whenever needed.
  • You can add shredded cheese as per your taste.