Greeks generally enjoy a variety fo chicken casseroles and baked dishes. Pretty much all the chicken recipes in this book are also baked, except for one spit roasted chicken recipe. The traditional greek dishes are meant to be baked in their traditional village ovens, but we can easily use our conventional oven to replicate the taste. This particular chicken dish I made, Chicken with Almond and Coriander sauce is a typical autumn recipe in Greece. Well, I had everything the recipe needed and went ahead and made this eventhough it is almost spring now!! :) Also, the original recipe called for walnuts (It was Chicken with Walnut and Coriander Sauce - Kotopulo me Saltsa Karythion), i read walnuts in the recipe but added almonds!!! Well, it was one heck of a tiring day and it was well past our dinner time when i started making it, may be that is why i did this! But anyway, the end result was good and I get to send it to an event as well ! :)
Chicken with Almond and Coriander Sauce
Boneless and skinless chicken breasts, 4
1/2 cup white wine ( i used an opened bottle of Chardonnay that we had)
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup of almonds, blanced in boiling water for a minute
1 tsp coriander powder
1/4 cup fresh chopped coriander leaves
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
3 tbsp lemon juice
1/3 cup Spanish Olive oil
sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 350F. Heat 3-4 tbsp olive oil in a saute pan an dlightly brown the chicken pieces on all sides. Drain on paper towels and transfer to a heavy baking dish.
Drain off the oil from the pan, add the white wine and boil for a minute or so, while stirring in any browned bits of chicken in the pan. Pour this over the chicken, add the chicken stock, bayleaves, salt and pepper and bake in the oven for 30 mins.
Grind together the almonds, coriander, garlic, coriander powder and cayenne pepper in a blender / food processor. Add the remaining olive oil and 2 tbsp of the lemon juice to it. Add salt and pepper to taste and keep aside.
Once the chicken is done, remove it from the baking dish and keep it on a serving platter. Measure 3/4 cup of the liquid from the baking dish and add it to the almond sauce.
Whisk the eggs in a large bowl and add the remaining lemon juice to it. Place a heavy bottomed pan on the stove and pour the almond sauce to it. Heat it for about 5 mins on medium heat. Switch off the heat and then pour the beaten eggs to it. You want the eggs to cook in the heat of the sauce and not get scrambled! Keep mixing well. Now pour this sauce over the chicken on the serving platter and serve immediately. Can be garnished with some fresh parsley leaves, if required.
The Meat-a-holic's Verdict: I usually don’t enjoy sauces with nuts in them, but the nuts in this are subdued enough not to bother me, but make the sauce crunchy. It has a very Indian flavor to it even though its ingredients are not. Best served with bread to soak up all the great sauce :) Rated: 7.5/10
This is my entry to the "Let's Go Nuts with Almonds" hosted at Tasty Treats and conceptualized by Aquadaze of Served with Love.