Remember Shake'n Bake? Well, this isn't that at all but it is just as easy and WAY more interesting. I've had many friends requesting healthy, super fast recipes...so with this, I hope to deliver. In the interest of time, I took advantage of a great rogan josh spice mix from Savory Spice. For those of you would don't know josh, it's a hot, beguiling mix of cardamom, cumin, paprika, cayenne, peppercorns, garlic, cloves, cinnamon and some other wonders. I wanted a quick, light meal Indian-flavored meal but you can most certainly take this in any direction you chose. In all honesty, not much of a recipe but more of an inspiration, I hope, for all of those lovely spices you have in your pantry. Don't be afraid to mix, add to.....USE them. Spice mixes are huge time savors and give a great blast of flavor.
If you have 5 extra minutes in the morning or, better yet, the night before, you'll be even more ahead of the game. I like to marinate at least three pounds at a time so that I have great leftovers to make chicken salad, toss in soup, for sandwiches, etc. I added maple sugar because I wanted a little balance to the spice and was after a nice caramelization on the chicken. I served the chicken with some yogurt mixed with cucumber, mango chutney and a big mixed green salad. Obviously, add some basmati rice and naan for a more substantial meal.
spice grilled chicken
3 lbs organic skinless chicken breasts
2 oz rogan josh
2 t kosher salt (or to taste)
1 T maple sugar (or raw)
grapeseed or other neutral oil
meyer lemon, cut into wedges
Mix the rogan josh and sugar with enough olive to form a paste. Toss spice paste with chicken into a gallon zip lock bag. Shake and massage the paste around until the chicken is evenly coated. Seal the bag and place in the fridge overnight, if possible, or for at least 4 hours.
Grill chicken and serve with lemon wedges and some cilantro leaves.