New Delhi Curried Chicken


The lavish use of spices is the heart and soul of Indian cooking. This fragrant chicken is sweet, sour and spicy all at once. Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken always serve it with the zesty tomato relish.

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  1. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  2. 6 large mushrooms, thinly sliced
  3. 6 medium shallots, minced
  4. 3/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro stems and leaves plus 1/4 cup leaves
  5. 4 jalapeño chiles, stemmed and coarsely chopped (with seeds)
  6. 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  7. 2 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
  8. 1 cup heavy cream
  9. 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts and thighs, with skin
  10. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  11. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  12. 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  13. 6 scallions
  14. 3 large egg yolks
  15. 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  16. 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  17. Spicy Tomato Relish
  18. Plain yogurt, for serving
  1. Melt the butter in a medium skillet. Add the mushrooms and shallots and cook over moderate heat until soft and lightly golden, about 8 minutes. Add the chopped cilantro, jalapeños and cumin, reduce the heat to moderately low and cook for 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock, raise the heat to high and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half. Add the cream and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and, working in batches, puree the sauce in a blender or food processor. Strain the sauce and return it to the skillet.
  2. Light a grill or preheat the broiler. Season the chicken lightly with salt and pepper. Mix the oil and lime juice in a small bowl and brush all over the chicken and scallions. Grill or broil the chicken, skin side down, until browned and cooked though , about 6 minutes per side for thighs and 5 minutes per side for breasts. During the last 2 minutes, grill or broil the scallions until tender and lightly charred. Transfer the chicken and scallions to a platter; keep warm.
  3. Reheat the sauce. In a bowl, mix the egg yolks, sugar and vinegar. Gradually whisk 1 cup of the hot sauce into the egg mixture. Pour the egg mixture back into the skillet and stir over low heat until thickened and smooth, 2 to 3 minutes; don't let the sauce boil. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and garnish with the scallions and cilantro leaves. Serve with the Spicy Tomato Relish and yogurt.

Suggested Pairing

Serve with an Australian Shiraz, such as Lindemans or Penfolds.