Thursday, March 26, 2009

When chicken kitcheree meets swank!..... A dish inspired by Chicken Kitchen.

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Here now is my version of this absolutely stupendous dish!!
This is absolutely my favorite dish!!!

Chicken kitcheree with khuri( curry yogurt sauce)

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I was going to post this menu two weeks ago but unfortunately my sweetie dropped my camera on the slopes. This "mogul maniac" was going at a crazy speed when the ski patrol chased him halfway down the mountain and finally caught up with him and cited his a.. He did however finally buy me another camera, hence the reason for me blogging again. So all is forgiven!

Khuri (curry yogurt sauce)
Drizzle over the spring salad/ or the bundt

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Language itself cannot explain how absolutely palate pleasing this menu is!!! I find myself saying ooooh! mmmmm! wowweeee and acting completely inappropriately when I prepare these dishes. I am overcome with a paroxysm of glee and I cannot suppress it! It is that good!
Even though, the spices and the way I prepare my rice and chicken are old family recipes, this dish was inspired by "Chicken Kitchen"( restaurants in Miami). Of course I love my flavors better and I took it a step further by encasing the chicken and rice in phyllo dough and now everybody says "Now you've gone and done it missy!"

Groete Suid Afrikaners!

Woorde alleen kan nie hierdie heerlike maal beskrywe nie. Die geur alleen sal jou voorsmaak heeltemal bedwelm! Die enigste motief agter hierdie spoggerige maal met al die ingewikkelde voorbereidings is pure plesier. Geniet asseblief!
Die uwe,
Duiselige gastronomer.

Chicken kitcheree encased in "Athens" phyllo pastry baked in a bundt pan. Adorned with toasted nigella seeds ( Kalonji) and a spring salad (lettuce, avos, cucumbers and grape tomatoes).

click on pic ( A crispiness that only "Athens" phyllo delivers!)

A little slice of Heaven! I prepare the basmati
rice with sauteed onions, roasted garlic, vegetables etc....

click on pic (This bundt slices perfectly)

This was my Mom's bundt pan which is giving
me the same amount of joy. Only she used to
make the real McCoy.
Lightly grease your pan and layer several
sheets of phyllo dough into the pan, brushing
only the 5th layer with melted butter.
Layer alternating rice and chicken layers
and then cover with several sheets of phyllo
brushing only the 5th layer. I only used about
2T butter in all.
Bake at 375 degrees for 30 mins.


  • Please use organic ingredients when possible.
  • 4 large chicken breasts with bone and skin( The skin and the bone in keeps the breasts juicy when baked. You will however discard these after baking.
  • garam masala( I roast my own mixture)
  • my home made blend of masala for chicken
  • fresh oregano
  • dry mustard powder( Coleman's )
  • kosher salt
  • lemon pepper( I make the lemon part from scratch)
  • 1 ball of pounded garlic
  • olive oil
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • my homemade prepared panko mix. See turkey roulade for this panko mix
Wash and dry the chicken breasts. Sprinkle with kosher salt and the spices on both sides of the chicken. Add the pounded garlic and the juice of the lemon to the olive oil and baste the chicken with this mixture. Bake for 20 mins, remove and sprinkle with the prepared panko mix and the herbs and bake for another 15-20 mins until golden. Shred the chicken into pieces and discard the skin and bones. Prepare your rice. Serve with rice on the bottom, a layer of shredded chicken, a layer of the spring salad and then drizzle with the khuri.

For the khuri:
  • quarter cup organic Greek yogurt
  • half cup Miracle whip plus 3 t
  • 1 t turmeric
  • 1 t Annie's organic yellow mustard
  • 1 t dry Coleman's mustard powder
  • half cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • half t red pepper flakes
  • pinch organic sugar
  • pinch kosher salt
Mix the turmeric and the orange juice together until incorporated. place the remainder of the ingredients in a blender and pulse. Add the turmeric and the orange juice mixture and blend until incorporated.

This is what my neck of the woods looked
like today. Blizzard conditions with zero
visibility. Last week we had springlike
weather but apparently Father winter
made a comeback!

click on pic to see accumulated snow in just a
short time

Thank you Selba for this really cute award.

Please everyone grab it and pay it forward.

This post is in memory of my Uncle Toyer. " Swank" was indeed his middle name!
"If I said to you and Mom, I want you back I would not be lying!"
"If only for a moment to abate this incessant crying!"

God knows best!!!!

Experiment globally!
Nazarina A


Anonymous said...

Hello sweety,
all your dishes looks absolutely gorgeous and delicious! Congratulations!
About the winter snow...WOW !
regards, Nina

Sara said...

Wow, everything looks so gorgeous! I love that orange flower, so creative.

Priti said...

Everything looks so yum....gorgeous pics

ochikeron said...

Hello nazarina,

Your dishes are always colorful and beautiful! I wish I could try them all =)

I'm glad I saw your post today, since I have a problem accessing blogger from my PC at home.

Stay warm and please have a good weekend ;)

Premyscakes said...

what to say, gorgeous!! will give a try for sure.

Anonymous said...

The Chicken kitcheree in phyllo looks so heavenly! And I love the idea of the curry yogurt sauce. Beautiful presentations and gorgeous photos!

Soma said...

You make food look the prettiest! If i had to eat this.. i couldn't . as i would not dare cut it :-) Really an awesome dish & awesome presentation. I need to bookmark this.

Elra said...

WOW Naz, your dish look so delicious and mouth watering.

Reeni♥ said...

That looks simply divine. I would love to sit down to that lovely meal while the snow was falling outside. So comforting.

n33ma said...

That orange flower is so pretty,everything is presented in such a unique!

Yvonne said...

This dish looks amazing! I'm a bit intimiated to try it myself :-(
I love how you cook a lot with turmeric, such a great and sorely underused spice in this part of the world...

Thanks for visiting my blog from the Foodie Blogroll & for your lovely comments, which were very inspiring and encouraging.

Please note that the domain address of my blog has changed to:

Hope to see you again soon,
Editor, My Halal Kitchen

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wow, everything looks so pretty and scrumptious! You are very talented...

I love these snow pictures...

Cheers and have a wonderful weekend,


Jo A. T.B. said...

Wow Nazarina,

No wonder it takes your time to make your excellent posts. You put much effort into your works of art! You can cook for me anytime, your dishes are absolutely lush!

I was thinking of you when they said about the bad weather moving through! I love the big trees you have there, much like the ones we have here! I always loved the way the snow contrasts with the naked dark branches, a beautiful site to behold! Even if it's Spring!

I'm sorry you're sad missing your Mom & Uncle. You certainly have company in your loss. My mom's 3rd
anniversary is coming up! The longer she's gone the more I miss her! She taught you well, and left you many gifts and talents! :)

Nemo @ said...

Hi there! How are you?
I haven't been in the blog world for a long time, but I see you are still cooking wonderful recipes that I must try!

This looks amazingly delicious!!!
Mmm... I'm going to go get something to eat! *mouth-watering*

Hope you're having a super weekend!

The Food Hunter said...

It all looks delicious.

Anonymous said...

you have made me GIDDY over the sheer fabulosity of these dishes. AMAZING. I'm saving it to my recipe files.

Nicisme said...

Everything you make looks so beautiful! I must try harder with my presentation, lol!

Kerstin said...

Oh wow - everything looks amazing! Very cute blog!

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Bravo! You deserve 5 stars for presentation-everything looks divine!

And wow, that's an incredible amount of snow! :o It must have made the food taste even better though I bet (I always get hungry when it's cold)

Noor said...

your just to fabulous.

Live.Love.Eat said...

Just amazing and delicious and beautiful and hunger inducing!!!!!!!!!!!

Tangled Noodle said...

I can not adequately convey how perfect I think this dish is! The recipe sounds marvelous but your presentation, both phyllo-crusted and stacked, are just divine.

Donna-FFW said...

It all looks so very wonderful, so pretty and delicious at the same time!!

Cynthia said...

I know you're probably tired of hearing me say this, but I am in awe of your talent.

Food Fanatic said...

love it! pics on ur blog are pure eye candy!!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

That looks so pretty and delicious! Love your blog!

Chefectomy said...

Really amazing Nazarina - your photos are outstanding...


Grace said...

i knew skiing was dangerous, but to people, not cameras. :)
outstanding creations--your photography is so wonderful and it definitely captures the beauty of your dishes. :)

gcbautista said...

WOW! that Chicken kitcheree with khuri looks like my cup of tea!!yumm

Kata Wagner Berg said...

WOWOWOW, This lookes amazing, if it just taste as half as good as i looks I will be I heaven.

This is a MUST try! Thx for sharing this!

Big HUG from Budapest, Kata

Madhumathi said...

Amazing pictures..All your dishes look very delicious..

MaryBeth said...

Everything as always looks amazing...Our daughter is home from Denver for spring break and the snow hit the day she left...

Selba said...

Wow... your curry yogurt looks so beautiful! I really like how you made the presentation of it :)

Sagan said...

Yummy! I adore bundt pans; they look so cute and I love the name. Hehe.

Esi said...

This chicken looks delicious and the color is fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Oh my GOSH... is it snowing in Denver? WHOA! Now in regard to your dishes... they are orgasmic darling!!! And BTW I sure have missed you!

Zaroga said...

Your recipes looks great! Love the presentations! Thank you for visiting my recipe blog.

Barbara said...

You are an artist in the kitchen, Nazarina. So lovely. Love that citrus sauce!

Dawn said...

That orange curry juice/smoothie sounds DIVINE. I like you, love all kind of bursts of flavors in dishes.
Aren't you tired of snow? I am soooo done with it.

Varsha Vipins said...

Gosh..I cant stop staring at those pics Nazrina..definitely some of the most gorgeous n colorful pics ever seen..I am drooling over that Bundt thingie..Just superb..:) snowed there?thats weird..just when the happy spring is here,how dare Papa winter butted in..:P
Have a great week ahead..:)

Food For Tots said...

Wow! The curry yogurt sauce looks so delicious and healthy! Lovely presentation too!

Colleen said...

What beautiful pictures! Very light and refreshing recipes!

Sweetiepie said...

wow!those food looks delicious.Yeah,we had the same weather condition too.Snow in spring??LOL

Darius T. Williams said...

Wow - great pics...really. I love the creativity here.

Ammu said...

Absolutely delicious. Very good collections of dishes.

Jaya said...

how are you?
I am here I guess after a long time ...but I am drooling right now ..gorgeous/delectable pics always make me hungry LOL...
hugs and smiles

kimvee said...

That chicken kitcheree dish looks so yummy, every time I visit your blog, it makes me so hungry hehehe*

mikky said...

you are truly one creative gal... :)

Bunny said...

This is absolutely gorgous! I've never seen anything like it before! You feed your husband like a king girlfriend!

MamaFaMi said...

Lovely presentation!

Sweta said...

The Khuri looks yummy :-)