Cooking is an art, in fact the finest form of art where innovation and experimentation play a key role! Innovation implies blending the ingredients and harmonizing the spices flawlessly to derive the finest palate. The more innovative one is, more is the pleasure derived out of culinary endeavors. Otherwise repeating the same recipe time and again makes the journey monotonous and boring!
Nonetheless in culinary ventures one has to be subtly cautious on being innovative. As the chef discretely deals with people’s taste buds, there is little scope of being over ambitious and super energetic, which needless to say might ruin the effort! Innovation should seamlessly synchronize with the likes and dislikes of the clients.
Being a mom of two grown up sons, many a times I had to come up with my own recipes to address their demand of making “something new”, and more so while preparing chicken dishes! As I had mentioned in my earlier blog posts that chicken is a staple food in my house. My family members never get jaded with chicken perhaps because I seldom repeat the same recipe! And in this process of creating “something new” I have experimented with some unique innovations, the outcomes of which has often surprised me. My todays post is regarding one such experimentation where simple ingredients produced an outstanding result.
The two main ingredients of my today’s recipe are chicken and mushroom. It’s a chicken mushroom combo dish where an assortment of sauces and spices elevate the taste to an extravaganza!
The health benefit of mushroom is well known. All types of edible mushrooms contain varying degrees of protein and fibre. They also contain B vitamins as well as a powerful antioxidant called selenium, which helps to support the immune system and prevent damage to cells and tissues. In particular, white button mushrooms are one of the few non-animal sources of vitamin D.
This is a protein enriched dish where nutrition teams up with taste to make it a complete and wholesome recipe.
Difficulty level: Easy
Preparation time: 20 min, approx.
Cooking time: 30 min, approx.
- Chicken- 300 gm (boneless)
- Mushroom- 150 gm
- Onion- 1 large
- Garlic- 2-3 pods
- Ginger-garlic paste- 1 tbsp.
- Tomato puree- 4 tbsp.
- Pasta sauce- 2 tbsp.
- Tomato sauce- 2 tbsp.
- Mayonnaise- 1 tsp
- Black pepper powder- 1 tsp
- Oregano powder- 1 tsp
- Red chilli flakes- ¼ tsp
- Salt- to taste
- Lemon juice- 2 tsp
- Olive oil or refined oil- 3 tbsp.+ 1 tbsp..
- Butter- 1 tbsp.
1. Marinate chicken with lime juice, 1tbsp ginger- garlic paste, ¼ tsp salt and ¼ tsp black pepper for ½ hr.- 1 hr.
2.Chop onion and garlic into small pieces.
3. Clean mushroom thoroughly and chop lengthwise into slices.
4. Put 1 tbsp. oil in a non-stick pan and sauté the mushroom for 2-3 min and keep aside.
5. Put 3 tbsp. + 1tbsp butter in the same pan.
6. Add chopped garlic and sauté.
7. Add chopped onion and fry till it turns translucent.
8. Add the marinated chicken pieces and fry on high heat for few minutes.
9. Reduce the heat and put the lid on the pan and cook on slow flame to let the chicken becomes tender and well cooked.
10. Add the sautéed mushrooms.
11 .Add the tomato puree and mix well.
12. Add pasta sauce (store bought or homemade) and stir well.
13. Add 1 tsp mayonnaise and tomato sauce and mix well.
14. Add black pepper and salt and give it a nice stir to coat the chicken and mushroom well with the gravy. Add some water (very less) if the gravy is too thick.
15. Sprinkle Oregano and keep it covered for at least 10 min.
16. Serve hot with Multigrain bread or steamed rice and enjoy the simple yet delicious chicken-mushroom combo!
It’s a pretty simple yet delightful recipe without any hidden secrets.
Homemade pasta sauce would be a good substitute to the store bought one.
As far as tomato puree is concerned, I prefer the readymade one because of its colour and thickness.
If you want to cut down on calories you can discount the use of butter. Though the addition of butter definitely elevates the taste of the preparation.
This recipe is my own creation where imagination and innovation met the requirements. I always have had the feeling that taste wise chicken and mushroom do complement each other. So, in this dish I successfully combined them. While conceiving this recipe my imagination didn’t go out of proportion as the intention was not to create something weird but a palatable and enjoyable dish. And I can say with conviction that my efforts didn’t go waste!