Mustard Cream Chicken

10:01 AM

This is a quick, easy and yet super tasty recipe for a busy day.
This is one of these quick and easy recipe I keep handy for a busy day. You know those days you can't be bothered with a lot of complicated prep time and staying in front of the stove for an hour.

The kind of meal I can quickly toss in a sauce pan while attending to my daughter's homeworks and evening routine.
It can be served with any steamed vegetables or a side salad, and I usually cook either some pasta or some pearl barley on the side.

If you buy the chicken already cubed, your work is going to be pretty much to heat oil, toss it in and season, this is THAT easy.
The bonus is that there is usually enough leftover for me to eat the next day for lunch, can we say "Yay"?

Serve this chicken with your choice of vegetables, and carb for a quick and filling meal.

You'll need:

- 500g of diced boneless chicken breast (without skin)
- 200ml Fresh cream (I used one small carton of Amul Fresh Cream)
- 1-2 tbsp of mustard (I used 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard)
- 1 tbsp of dried basil
- 1 tsp of garlic powder
- salt to taste
- mustard oil for cooking

What to do :

1) Heat mustard oil in a big saucepan or dutch oven. DO NOT use a wok or Kadai, it dries out the chicken too much in that recipe.

2) Add the chicken cubes to the oil and stir occasionally until the chicken starts to brown.

3) Reduce the heat and add 1 or 2 table spoon of mustard to the chicken along with the garlic powder and dried basil. Stir for a minute.

4) Add the cream, stir and cover. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked to the center.

5) Remove from the stove. Serve hot with your choice of vegetables and carbs on the side.

This is IT!

Isn't it nice when cooking doesn't tie you to the stove more than 15 minutes? 

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  1. Anonymous12:56 PM

    Looks delicious. I almost reached out to eat it. It look like momos with the red chutney on its side or dahi bhallas with a slight spongy look. I guess a dash of tamrind chutney would be delightful with it.


    1. You can try, but that is really just chicken chunks in a continental style gravy. The red thing in the picture is homemade tomato soup. I used the leftovers I ate for lunch to take the picture. I just put my soup in a pretty bowl and placed it on the plate to make the picture more interesting :-)

  2. Anonymous6:13 PM

    It looks like a winner recipe ! - Padparadscha

  3. Now that's a great example of a well balanced & tasty meal appropriate for diabetics!
    What we'd teach the diabetic patient is to eat all the protein first (chicken), all the vegetables second (salad & tomato soup) and then if they have any room in their tummy left over to eat that whole grain carb (the pearl barley) last.
    Interesting use of the mustard oil too, Cyn!

    1. Yes, exactly! That is usually how I go about my meals : proteins with a generous side of vegetables and grains as an extra. The grain portion is usually half of what my veggie portion looks like, and in this meal, it was pretty much meant just to soak up the gravy left on the plate :-)

      The mustard oil increases the mustard-y flavour of the dish here. :-)

    2. Damn good stuff, this.

      What is Basil leaf? Where do we get it?

    3. You get dried basil in pretty much every supermarket in India. Keya is an Indian brand that sells it, you can also go for the brand "Snappin".

      You can also buy basil seeds online and grow your own sweet basil plant and then use those leaves. Some supermarkets even sell the fresh leaves too. They are a staple in continental cuisine.


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