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Chicken Kabobs in Saffron Cream

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Active Time:  30 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour 20 Minutes
  Serves 6, served with an onion and mint relish
These kababs are cooked in a Tandoori oven in restaurants, but you can successfully recreate the great flavor under the broiler. The cream and saffron marinade give the chicken a golden glow and a soft texture. It is best to make small quantities of garam masala for maximum flavor. Store any left over in an airtight jar.
1/2 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
4 tablespoons cream
2 pounds boneless chicken breasts skinned and cut into kabob-sized pieces
6 cloves garlic
1-inch piece ginger peeled and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons yogurt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon garam masala*
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
For Onion-Mint Relish:
1 medium thinly onion sliced into half moons
1/2 cup mint leaves chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
Juice of one lemon
Other necessary recipes:
Garam Masala
Chicken Kabobs in Saffron Cream Recipe at
Warm one tablespoon cream in the microwave and dissolve the saffron in it. Set aside for 5 minutes.

In a mixing bowl combine chicken and saffron mixture. Stir to coat and set aside for 15 minutes.

Mix the sliced onion and chopped mint leaves with the salt and lemon juice and set aside.

Prepare marinade by pureeing the garlic and ginger with the yogurt in a blender. Remove to a small mixing bowl and add the paprika, garam masala and cayenne.

Sprinkle the salt on the chicken. Add the marinade and turn chicken pieces to coat well. Set aside for at least half an hour to marinate at room temperature, or marinate for up to 6 hours in the refrigerator. Bring chicken pieces to room temperature before proceeding.

When ready to cook, add the oil to the chicken pieces, stirring to coat well. Thread the pieces onto skewers and broil for 5-6 minutes a side, until done. Garnish with the onion-mint relish.

*NOTE: Garam Masala can be store purchased but is best freshly ground. (see recipe)

Recipe created exclusively for by Neela Paniz.

Recipe reprinted by permission of . All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 6, served with an onion and mint relish
Calories: 237
Fat. Total: 7g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 6g
Sodium: 883mg
% Cal. from Fat: 27%
Cholesterol: 97mg
Protein: 36g
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