Monday, March 14, 2011

Fabulous "Cast-Iron Pan" Pepper Chicken

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I hate the idea of "Springing forward" even before the advent of Spring. I hate it, period! Are you with me? Are you like me? I constantly wonder about the things I could have accomplished in the lost hour. Well you won't see me complaining six months from now when we gain an hour. LoL

Coming to the Chicken dish, this is probably one of the easiest anyone can make. I say so because it is a lot less complicated that even beginners can ace.Yo sis, if you are reading this, then you know what I am talking about. I know a lot of people don't have tolerance to Chilies and other spice..Well, this recipe won't upset anyone's stomach cause the heat factor comes from only one source -- Crushed Peppercorns. My hubby loves this Pepper Chicken. He would have loved it even more if I used cut chicken so the gravy coats every inch of every chunk. Well, I was a bit lazy over the weekend so I used the drumsticks. But you may use thighs or breasts, whole or cut-up..It tastes good anyhow.Just make sure to use a cast iron pan to make this. It adds flavor to the dish and keeps the chicken juicy. Yum Yum!

  • 10 Chicken Drumsticks
  • 1/2 Medium Yellow Onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Crushed Canned/Fresh Tomatoes, Pureed ( I used Canned Tomatoes)
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1-1/2 Tsp Crushed Pepper or as needed
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil for browning the chicken
  • Salt as needed
For the Marinade:
  • 4 Tbsp Thick Yogurt
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2" Ginger, minced
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Crushed Pepper
  • A well-seasoned Cast-Iron Pan
    • De-skin the drumsticks.Clean them and put one or two deep slit(s) on the flesh.
    • Combine all the ingredients for the marinade in a wide bowl. Add the chicken and make sure its coated evenly with the marinade. Also make sure to apply inside the slits. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
    • Add 2 tbsp of olive oil to the cast-iron pan and brown the chicken in batches. Takes about 2 minutes per batch to brown them evenly.If the pan is too hot it might stick a little bit. But never you mind. Those sticky bits make for a nice gravy.
    • Transfer the browned drumsticks to a plate. Set aside.
    • In the same pan, add the remaining 3 tbsp of oil and add the chopped onions. Once browned, add the tomato puree,coriander powder and a little crushed black  pepper.
    • Once the tomato loses raw smell and a gravy is formed add the chicken pieces.
    • Stir well to coat the chicken with gravy.
    • Add salt and (more) black pepper as needed. Stir and lid the pan. Do not add water. Cook for 7-8 minutes.
    • The chicken generates its own steam. Stir midway and cook for 7-8 more minutes.
    • Open the lid and let all the moisture evaporate. A thick gravy coats the chicken.
    • Serve the chicken with piping hot rice or with some salad on the side.


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    1. Owh my! I'm dead over the pepper chicken...excellent mouthwatering pic.

    2. pepper chicken, that too with drumdticks...pass me a plate please..yummy

    3. too good CL....easy and yum recipe....
      I am totally with u on springing forward...I onlt think I am loosing an hour of sleep!! :))
      Last week I made chicken too with only legs...I don't usually do that!
      Smitha's Spicy Flavors

    4. Looks tempting and yummy, love it..yum yum!

    5. good job with the step by step pics...
      i was actually searching around fr a pepper chicken recipe..and its ended... :)

    6. Superb pepper chicken fry..makes me hungy

    7. Super duper delicious pepper chicken .

    8. delicious pepper chicken a favourite looks wonderful

    9. thank you for linking

    10. Chicken with pepper looks mouthwatering. You truly are an expert in various cuisines.

      Hamaree Rasoi

    11. This looks fabulous, if I can't reach through the computer monitor to take a taste... I just must make my own! Thank you for sharing the recipe. :) :) :)

    12. OMG!!! I could not take my eyes off those yummy drool worthy drumsticks....... All SLURPEE!!!! I kept swallowing the saliva secreted in the process.... ;)


    13. OMG..superb tempting n perfect...

    14. OMG..superb tempting n perfect...

    15. Slurp mouthwatering here, sooooo delicious pepper chicken..

    16. Awesome pepper chicken Lassie, looks very tempting ;)

    17. I've had pepper steak lots of times, but never pepper chicken. Great idea!

    18. Yum...delicious chicken recipe.

      I do not like the loss of hour either. I have been dragging for the past few days.

    19. pepper chicken looks so yumm..
      first time here an dloved your space
      will be back soon

    20. That recipe looks and sounds good! A great way of preparing chicken thighs.




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