As soon as I saw the ingredient list and the simplicity of this recipe, I knew I’d be making this soon. As it turned out, there was not a distinct Indian flavor to this dish. The chicken was loaded with great flavor and just a hint of spicy heat. We all enjoyed it very much.
This is a very easy meal, maybe 30 minutes start to finish and that included letting the chicken rest for a while. With a house full of sick kids last week, I was thrilled that my husband was able to toss this together for a simple lunch this weekend. I can easily see this as an appetizer or a main dish. I’m planning to make it again later this month to serve on top of a salad.
I served this with Roasted Potato Wedges and Po’dunk Sauce. The sauce was delicious as a dip for the potatoes. I couldn’t resist trying it as a dip for the chicken as well and I really enjoyed it that way too. If you have fresh zucchini, toss it in the pan right after the chicken and make this delicious Sauteed Spiced Zucchini.
- 1 - 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken I used thighs (the original recipe was for breasts)
- 3 tablespoons light flavored olive oil or coconut oil divided
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 /4 teaspoon cayenne
- Dice the chicken into small pieces, approximately 3/4"-1" in size. Set aside in a medium size bowl. In a small dish or measuring cup, combine all of the spices. Add 1 tablespoon of oil (melted if using coconut oil) and all of the spices to the bowl with the chicken. Toss well to combine. Let rest for at least 10 minutes.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a very large skillet over high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken. Saute, turning or stirring constantly, until the chicken is browned on the outside and cooked through. This took just a few minutes. Be careful not to overcook the chicken.
- Remove the chicken pieces from the pan when they are finished cooking. Because the pieces are small, they will dry out if left in the hot pan. Enjoy!