½ cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons Heart Rock
herb & Spice Co. Tikka MasalaBlend
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger (half will
be used in the marinade the other half in the sauce)
skinless chicken breasts cut into 2 inch pieces
4 long metal skewers or water soaked bamboo
skewers - if grilling
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon of
1 small jalapeno pepper, finely minced or 1
or 2 Tablespoons canned green chiles
1 8oz. can
tomato sauce OR (2 Roma tomatoes, ½ cup tomato paste & ¼ cup water,) increase if you
want the U. K. saucier version!
1 teaspoon of Garam Masala
1 cup heavy cream or more for a saucier dish
½ bunch cilantro for garnish
1. In a large
bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, 1 tablespoons Heart Rock's Tikka Masala Blend,
salt & 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger. Stir in chicken,
cover, refrigerate, 5 hrs. or more if you have time!
2. Preheat a grill for high heat or oven to 400
3. Lightly oil the grill if using or lightly
grease a baking sheet with vegetable oil.
4. Thread chicken
onto the skewers; grill until juices run clear, about 5 minutes each side. If
oven, place pieces on baking sheet, leaving space between each.
Discard the marinade. Cook until
browned and no longer pink, about 10 minutes.
5. Start Saucebefore the
chicken is cooked. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add the onion, cook about 4-5 minutes, stir in ginger, garlic, and green chiles,
sauté about 15 minutes. Stir in tomatoes or (sauce / paste version), simmer on
low heat until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Stir in the remainder of the
Tikka Masala and Garam Masala, and heavy cream, cook 10
minutes Mix in the cookedchicken, stir to coat, cover & simmer 10 minutes. Season with
salt and garnish with fresh cilantro.
OPTIONAL: Add a can of rinsed chick peas the last 10 minutes of cooking and one 1
cup of frozen green peas the final 5 minutes for a complete meal. The liquid ingredients will need to be increase because of the extra ingredients.
Malaysian Coconut Chicken Soup
5 cups coconut milk (increase to 7 cups if optional rice and vegetables are added)
1 1/2 tablespoons of Heart Rock's Malaysian spice blend
2 tablespoons chopped lemon grass (peel outer layer to reveal the softer inside)
1 Kaffir lime leaf or substitute the zest of one lime as well as juice from half)
1 tablespoon chopped, fresh ginger
1 cup cooked, shredded chicken (if cooking your own poach in 2 teaspoons of the spice)
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 cup cooked rice -optional
1 cup partially cooked diced vegetables - optional
Mix all the ingredients except chicken, optional rice & vegetables and green onions in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil and then quickly reduce the heat to a rolling simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain the soup into a clean pot, add the chicken, cooked rice and vegetables if using.
Gently simmer for 10 minutes.
Garnish with green onion.
Malaysian Chicken Satés
4 stalks lemongrass, chopped
4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
2 shallots, coarsely chopped
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, minced
5 tablespoons Heart Rock's Malaysian Spice Blend
6 tablespoons vegetable oil (3 for cooking 3 for grill)
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
4 lbs. skinless, boneless chicken
2 English cucumbers, cut into 3/4” dice, placed in a serving bowl
Bamboo Skewers soaked in water for 15 minutes or metal skewers
Creamy Asian Peanut Sauce, recipe is provided below
1. Place chopped lemongrass (discard outside layer before chopping, use 4" or 5" from the thick end of each stock), garlic, shallots and ginger in a heavy mortar and pound with pestle to a coarse paste. Mix the Malaysian spice blend with 3 tablespoons of the oil and coconut milk, combine with the paste.
2. Cut each chicken breast in half, length wise (not across) then cut each half into long strips about ½" wide. Weave the chicken onto the skewers, leaving the bottom half of each skewer bare for a handle. Place chicken in a casserole dish large enough to lay flat, coat with marinade. Marinate in refrigerator, covered for 4 to 12 hours; the longer the better for a richer flavor.
3. Drain the chicken strips, discard the marinade.
4. Heat grill on high, when hot, brush clean grill grate with oil. Arrange the satés on the hot grill with an aluminum foil shield under the exposed ends of the skewers to keep them from burning if you're using bamboo. Lower heat to medium and grill until they are browned on the outside and cooked through, 2 minutes per side.
5. Serve with Asian peanut sauce and cucumbers.
Asian Peanut Sauce
2 tablespoons peanut or sesame oil
1 lemongrass stock, finely minced
4 garlic cloves, finely minced
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
4 shallots, finely minced
1 Tablespoon of Malaysian Spice Blend
½ cup of smooth peanut butter
1½ cups of coconut milk
½ cup chicken stock, or more as needed
1 tablespoon sugar, or more to taste
4 tablespoons soy sauce, or more to taste
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon ground pepper
Heat oil in a medium size saucepan over medium heat. Add lemongrass, garlic, ginger, shallots and Malaysian spice blend, cook until lightly browned, about 3 minutes, stirring well. Whisk in the peanut butter, coconut milk, chicken stock, sugar, soy sauce, fish sauce and pepper. Simmer until thick and richly flavored, about 5 minutes, stirring well. Sauce will hold covered and refrigerated for 24 hours, serve at room temperature.
Spanish Red Pepper Stew with Heart Rock's Hungarian Blend
4 lbs. Pork Shoulder, tied with kitchen string
2 large onions, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons Heart Rock's Hungarian Blend
4 Roasted red bell pepper, chopped
1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 cups white wine
1/2 cup bacon or pancetta, diced
1 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped or 1/2 cup dried mushrooms re-hydrated in 1 cup hot chicken broth
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
salt & pepper
Salt meat, set aside for 20-30 minutes to come to room temperature. Pat the meat dry, heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Brown the meat on all sides. Remove to a bowl. Add the onions and a little salt.Cook until golden brown. Add the bacon and mushrooms (not the chicken broth if using dried) cook 5 minutes, add the garlic, cook 30 seconds. Add the meat back into the pot. Pour in the wine, turn up the heat to high cook until half gone. Turn the heat back down to medium and add the tomatoes, bell pepper and Hungarian spice blend. Add the chicken broth and stir well. The level of liquid should be 2/3 the way up the sides, add more chicken stock to achieve this. Cover with lid, cook about 2 1/2 hours (I like to cook mine in a 300 degree oven for 3 hours). Remove string from roast, using two forks separate the meat into nice big chunks, return to pot, gently stir back into the pot with the vegetables. Test for salt, add more if needed, as well as the parsley and some fresh cracked black pepper. Serve over mashed potatoes, egg noddles, rice or polenta.
Moroccan Chickpeas, Pumpkin & Raisins with Lentils
1 Tablespoon Heart Rock Herb & Spice Blend- Moroccan Ras el Hanout
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 cinnamon stick about 2”
1 medium-large onion, peeled and cut into¼” half rings
3 medium tomatoes peeled and finely chopped or 14.5oz. can diced tomatoes
2 cups chickpeas, cooked if using dried, drained and rinsed if using canned
3 cups peeled, seeded pumpkin or butternut squash, cut into 1” dice
2 Tablespoons raisins
3½ cups of vegetable or chicken stock
Salt to taste
1 cup zucchini cut into 1” dice
1 Tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
Lentils prepared according to directions
Put the oil in a good sized pan and set over medium-high heart. When hot, put in the cinnamon stick. Stir for a few seconds and put in the onion, stir and fry for 3 minutes, or until it is medium brown. Now put in the Ras el Hanout Spice Blend, stir once around and quickly put in tomatoes. Stir and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the tomatoes have softened. Add the pumpkin or squash, raisins, stock and salt, bring to a simmer. Cover, turn the heat down to low, after 10 minutes add chickpeas, bring to a boil then turn the heat down to low, cook another 5 minutes, or until the pumpkin is just tender when pierced with the point of a knife. Add the zucchini and simmer uncovered for another 5 minutes, stirring gently now and then. Add the cilantro and parsley just before serving.
To serve: Put a small mound of lentils on each plate. Make a well in the center and, using a slotted spoon, put some of the solids from the stew in the well. Dampen the lentils generously with some of the sauce. Pass the hot sauce on the side if using. (HR Moroccan Harissa w/garlic & olive oil)
Moroccan Chicken Stew with Artichoke Hearts & Carrots
Adapted from a recipe by Jeanne Kelley
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tablespoons of Heart Rock Herb & Spice Co. Moroccan Ras El Hanout
4 cups low-salt chicken broth
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch cubes
1 pound frozen baby artichoke hearts
1 pound carrots, peeled, sliced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Steamed couscous, quinoa, or rice
Chopped flat-leaf parsley
Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until tender and starting to caramelize, about 8 minutes. Stir in garlic and next 4 ingredients and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add broth and lemon zest and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; stir in chicken, artichoke hearts, and carrots; simmer until vegetables are tender and chicken is just cooked through, 10-15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide couscous/quinoa/rice, among shallow bowls; spoon stew over and garnish with parsley.
This recipe should take you 30-45 minutes, from start to finish!
Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Herbs de Provence
4 skinless chicken breasts, split in half like a book, don’t cut through
Smoked Gouda cheese, sliced
Sun dried tomatoes in oil
Thin asparagus (optional)
3 cups panko bread crumbs (Japanese bread crumbs)
2 Tablespoons Heart Rock's Herbs de Provence Blend plus Salt & Pepper
1 pound white or brown mushrooms, sliced
1 large onion, sliced
1 tablespoon flour
½ cup White wine
1½ cups chicken broth
1.Gently pound chicken breasts between two sheets of deli/butcher paper or doubled plastic wrap, working from the middle out. Be careful not to tear meat. Depending on size of original breast the final product should measure approximately 6"x 8"x ¼".
2.Place a slice of smoked Gouda in the largest part of the pounded breast approximately 1" from edge, then a teaspoon of sun dried tomatoes, 3 pencil size asparagus if using and a pinch of Herbs de Provence spice blend on top. Roll up starting from the widest end, tucking in sides. Secure with 48” cotton kitchen string or turkey pins to close.
3. Combine panko bread crumbs with 2 tablespoons of Herbs de Provence spice blend and salt and pepper in a low bowl or pie pan. Lightly beat eggs in a separate low bowl or pie pan. With one hand, dip the chicken breasts into the egg bowl; with the clean hand dip the chicken roll in the bread crumbs bowl. (Use same hand to dip and other for crumbs throughout the entire coating process so only one hand is coated in bread crumbs!)Shake off excess and place on wire rack until all rolls are complete with crumbs. This will keep the crumbs from getting soggy.
4. Heat large frying pan you own or two if needed; add olive oil, sauté chicken rolls on all sides until lightly browned, about 4 minutes total. Transfer to warm platter, put in 300 degree oven until mushroom sauce is complete, up to 20 minutes.
5. To make the mushroom sauce. Sauté mushrooms and onions in butter over medium-high heat until soft, stir in flour, cook about 1 minute more, add white wine, reduce a few minutes, add chicken broth, reduce until broth has thickened, about 7 minutes.
6. Serve mushroom sauce over chicken. Enjoy!
Spicy Fried Potatoes
2 pounds all-purpose potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 ¼ inch cubes
1/3 cup of olive oil
2 tablespoons of Heart Rock Panch Phora Spice Blend
2 teaspoons ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon chili powder
2 medium onions, finely sliced
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 lb.blanched green beans
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 large handful cilantro leaves, chopped, to serve
1. Put the potato cubes in a saucepan of boiling, salted water. Bring back to the boil and cook for 7 minutes. Drain, refresh under cold water, and drain again. Pat dry with towel. Using the same water, blanch the green beans for a few minutes, shock in cold water to stop the cooking and retain their fresh color. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add Panch Phora, cook 1 min. or until seeds pop. Add remaining spices, cook 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Stir in onion, cook for 7 minutes, or until softened. Add garlic and potato cubes, stir to coat in the spices. Season with S & P. Stir often and fry the potatoes for 15 minutes or until cooked and golden brown. With 5 minutes left, stir in the green beans. To serve, sprinkle with lime juice and cilantro leaves. Serves 8- 10
Spicy Fried Chickpeas
One 15 ounce can chickpeas
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons Heart Rock Spice -Mexican, Turkish, both curries even Moroccan - Ras el Hanout!
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh garlic
Drain and rinse the chickpeas in a strainer. Dry on paper towels or clean dish towel making sure they are completely dry, you don't want them spitting hot oil when they get dropped into the pan. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, when hot add chickpeas. Cook them for 7 0r 8 minutes, shaking the pan from time to time. They'll turn several shades darker, but won't really get brown. Pour the chickpeas into the strainer to drain excess oil and then return them to the pan. Lower heat to medium, add spice blend and garlic. Stir for another minute until the garlic begins to just turn light brown, don't overcook the garlic because it will turn bitter. Serve warm. These little morsels can also top a green salad for a nice spicy crunch. Enjoy!
TANDOORI CHICKEN WITH GARAM MASALA
4 pounds chicken thighs or breasts, skin removed
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
½ cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
2 tablespoons chopped ginger
1 teaspoon finely chopped Serrano or jalapeno pepper, stem/ seeds removed
1 tablespoon paprika
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon of Heart Rock Tandoori Blend
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Heart Rock Garam Masala Blend
½ cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
With a fork, prick holes in the chicken pieces. Cut diagonal slices 1-inch apart, and 1/2-inch deep into the larger pieces. Place the chicken in a non-reactive baking dish.
In a blender, combine the oil, onion, garlic, ginger, pepper, and process on high speed to a paste. Add the salt, Tandoori Spice Blend, cayenne pepper and garam masala, process until well blended. Add the yogurt and lemon juice, and process to a smooth sauce, scraping down the sides to combine all the ingredients. Pour the marinade over the chicken. Turn to coat evenly, rubbing the marinade into the holes and slits. Cover tightly with plastic wrap, refrigerate for at least 2 hours, (up to 24 hours, the longer the better).Remove the chicken from the marinade. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven on a wire rack placed in a jelly roll baking pan (line pan with foil for easy clean up)
40 minutes for breasts 50 minutes for thighs. Can also be grilled weather permitting!