Diet Chicken

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Serves 2-3

I call this dish Diet Chicken because this is the ideal chicken recipe for someone who is watching what they're eating but wants something spicy and flavourful instead of bland and tasteless. It goes well shredded in a salad for a simple chicken salad meal, or tucked between slices of toasted brown bread/wholewheat bread for a delicious and filling sandwich! The fact that the chicken is low fat does not compromise how amazingly tender and tasty this dish is.

boneless chicken, sliced in half to get two thin layers then cut up into strips
- marinate chicken for at least 3 hours in the ingredients below.
pinch of turmeric
1 tsp.
cumin powder
1 tsp.
tandoori masala
salt to taste
1/4 tsp.
ginger/garlic paste
1/2 tbsp.
1 tsp.
tomato paste
red chilli powder, to taste
1 tbsp.
lemon juice

Take a heavy pan or tava, lightly rub some oil with a piece of kitchen tissue or a brush, about 1 tsp. Once the pan is heated, lay out the chicken pieces on it and cover. Keep the heat on medium. Let them cook for about 3 minutes, then uncover the pan and turn the pieces over. Put the cover back on and give them another 3 minutes. Remove the lid and increase the heat to high, and cook them an extra couple of minutes on both sides on high heat to fully cook them through. Remove and keep covered whilst you continue with the rest of the chicken. Do not crowd them on the pan, make sure they have ample space to get properly cooked.

Serve with a salad or in a healthy sandwich and enjoy! :)


Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, spice is always optional, it just adds some flavour for those who prefer spicy food. Omit it if it is harmful for you.

Is it okay to omit the yoghurt here?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes that is ok.

asalam aleykum, will this recipe work if i decide to oven? i do not prefer to use oil

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, yes that is ok.

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assalam ,dear sis is it necessary to put the lemon juice?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, it adds flavour and helps tenderise the chicken.

Masha Allah came out vry well...Mom was sooo happy.... JazakAllah :P

Assalaamu Alaykum, If we want to bake this in the oven, then for how long and at what temperature? Thanks in advance.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, 200 C and about 8 minutes or until done.

8 minutes per side or 8 minutes in total?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Per side.

assalam u alaikum sis... is there any alternatives fr tandoori masala?? coz i don wanna use any artificial powder... is there any home made substitute?? or is that ok if i skip that?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, you can leave it out. :)

I tried it but it was too dry. I followed the recipe perfectly but I don't know y it turned out dry.
I would appreciate your feedback. Thanks

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, chicken breast easily dries out if over cooked. So try to ensure you are not overcooking the chicken and it should turn out tender and moist. :)