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  • Serves: 6 Servings

Moghlai Chicken

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Category: Poultry

 Ingredients List

  • 3 1/2 lb Chicken;whole
  • 1 ts -Salt
  • -freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tb Vegetable oil
  • 4 tb Butter;unsalted
  • 7 Cardamom pods;whole
  • 8 Cloves, whole
  • 1 Cinnamon stick; 2 inch piece
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 2 1/2 tb Almonds;blanched, slivered
  • 2 1/2 tb Raisins
  • 1 c Yogurt, plain
  • 1 ts Cumin, ground; freshly
  • -ground for best results
  • 1/2 ts Cayenne pepper


Remove skin from chicken. Cut into serving pieces, cutting whole legs
into two pieces and whole breasts into 6 pieces. Spread chicken in single
layer and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp salt and pepper to taste; pat into chicken
to help it adhere. Turn chicken over and repeat with another 1/4 tsp salt
and pepper to taste.
Heat oil and butter in large skillet, preferably non stick, over
medium-high heat. When hot, add cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves and
as many chicken pieces as pan will hold in single layer. (Do not crowd.)
Brown chicken on both sides; transfer with slotted spoon to ovenproof
casserole. Repeat with remaining chicken.
Add almonds to hot oil in skillet and stir. As soon as they begin to
brown, about 1 minute, stir in raisins. Immediately pour contents of
skillet, fat and all over chicken.
In small bowl, stir together yogurt, cumin, cayenne, remaining salt and
black pepper to taste. Pour over chicken; mix well.
Cover casserole; place in preheated 350F oven 20 minutes. Turn chicken
pieces over; baste with juices. Cover, return to oven 20 to 25 minutes or
until chicken is tender.
Just before serving, if necessary, reheat chicken over low heat. Remove
chicken pieces; transfer to warm serving dish. Spoon off most fat left in
casserole; discard. Place remaining sauce in casserole over medium-high
heat and boil until thickened, about 5 minutes. Pour thickened sauce over
chicken. SERVES:6

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