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Monday, April 09, 2012

Stuffed Chicken / Kozhi Nirachathu (Easter Special)

 '' HAPPY EASTER TO ALL MY DEAR FRIENDS & READERS''
Easter is a real wait of 50 days lent to get over and the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ with a feast.Easter & Christmas are the long awaited days in our family and friends,relatives visiting homes and when the kitchen fills with only non vegetarian dishes and satiety sets in for a few days by the amount you eat the day (you actually give up non veg dishes for a few days,happens with me..Is it the same with u?)This time I longed to prepare the stuffed chicken and thus have accomplished my long awaited wish.This preparation is the malabar style stuffed chicken ,requires a tedious process(4 stages) and good work time but worth a real try and I have hooked it from my dear friend,Vineetha's 'Ruchi' .She has given a lovely description of the recipe and so thought to try it out.I have followed the recipe exactly and it was a real feast at home with the aroma of stuffed chicken.We enjoyed it with biriyani,but being short of time (the pictures have not done justice,pardon that) other wise it just tasted great n yummy:-)


Ingredients
for marination
Whole Chicken 1 (deskinned,cleaned inside and out)
red chilly powder 1 tbsp
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
lime juice 1tbsp(optional,not in the recipe)
salt

for stuffing
boiled eggs (de shelled) 2
onion 1 medium sized or 2 small
tomato 1/2 chopped
ginger garlic paste 1tsp
fennel seeds 1/4tsp
red chilly powder 1 tsp
coriander  powder 1tsp
chicken masala 1/2tsp
garam masala 1/2tsp
turmeric powder 1/4tsp
poppy seeds 1/4 tsp
raisins 1 tbsp
cashews 1tbsp
salt
curry leaves
cilantro to garnish

for masala gravy
onion 3 sliced
tomato 1 1/2 chopped
ginger garlic paste 2 tsp
green chillies 3
red chilly powder 1 tbsp
coriander powder 1 tbsp
chicken masala 1 tsp
fennel powder 1 tsp
salt
curry leaves & cilantro

oil 1/3 cup
cooking twine



Method
1 Stage-( Marination) :This can be done the  day before preparation
-Clean the whole chicken,wash under running water ,drain in a colander.Keeps aside.Make gashes over the thicker parts of the chicken.
-Marinate using the marination ingredients inside and out,and keep for 6-8 hours in a refrigerator.

2 Stage -(For stuffing)
-Boil 2 eggs and de shell them ,keep aside.
-Heat 3tsp of oil and fry raisins,cashews.Keep aside.Splutter fennel seeds in the same oil.Add the onions and saute till soft.
-Add the ginger garlic paste and curry leaves.
-Add the tomatoes, and cook till mashed.Add the spice powders,toss well.
-Add the fried raisins &cashews .garnish with cilantro and place the boiled eggs on top.Turn off flame.

3 Stage- (For cooking & baking chicken)
-Stuff the chicken with the stuffing prepared and tie the wings and legs of chicken using a cooking twine so that the chicken holds together.(Don't over fill the chicken stuffing)
-In a large wok ,add 4-5tsp of oil and caramelise chicken til slightly brown on all sides.
-Turn off flame,Pre heat oven to 180 degrees C or 350 degrees F.
-Place the chicken in a tray with breast side down,legs up and cover the chicken with foil and cook for 30-45 minutes covered flipping the sides halfway.(I have broiled the chicken the last 3 minutes,that is strictly optional-so,you can see the leg bones browned in pic)

4 Stage (Prepare Gravy)
-In the mean time ,prepare the gravy.
-Heat the same oil used for frying and saute onions till brown in color.
-Add the ginger garlic paste,saute for  a minute.Then add curry leaves,green chillies,curry leaves,coriander leaves/cilantro.
-Add the tomatoes and spices.Cook till its mashed up and forms  a paste.Turn off flame.

Final assembling
-Pour the gravy over the chicken evenly all over and cook again till 25-30 minutes in the oven at the same temperature uncovered.If you want gravy,then reduce the cooking time.or else you get the dry version of stuffed chicken.
-Run a knife through the chicken to check whether its done or cooked.
-Cut and serve with bread or rice !!

(Just a peep into the stuffing)

NOTES
* Be careful while removing the foil from chicken as its very hot.
* Lime juice addition in the marination adds to soften the chicken.
* I have reduced the last assembling to 15 minutes after applying the gravy on the cooked chickenas we wished a slightly pasted form of chicken.You can completely put it till 25-30 minutes.


(Stuffed with whole cashews & eggs)
Sending this to The Kerala Kitchen event hosted by Ramya @ Ramya's Recipes

39 comments:

DivyaGCP said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Easter Julie..
Chicken is so tempting.. Worth the hardwork...

Balvinder Ubi said... Best Blogger Tips

The stuffing is yummy with eggs. And the chicken itself looks tender and moist.

maha said... Best Blogger Tips

awesum...great idea of stuffing in chicken...u r putting the eggs again in d hen stomach by stuffing..just kidding;-)...coming 2 d recipe-great job dear..
Maha

San said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Easter Julie! Stuffed chicken is drool worthy, iam feeling hungry now.

Akila said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow what a yummy chicken..

Asiya Baig said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfectly done!

Reshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

wow.. kothi varunneeee... mouthwatering :)

Sobha Shyam said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Easter to u n family..i have never tasted this and I am not a big fan of non-veg too...anyways, this looks super delicious and looks like great effort has been put for this...hope u all had a great time !!

Farah said... Best Blogger Tips

oh wow! awesome work julie!...looks amazing!...must have received alot of praises!happy easter!

cookingvarieties said... Best Blogger Tips

hi julie, must be a happy easter for you and family.. the chicken looks simply delicious.
i like the idea of putting eggs inside, cute huh.
your gravy mix and marinade is new to me, need to try this. bookmarked with thanks, have a nice day

Jasna's kitchen creations said... Best Blogger Tips

Chicken is favorite meat in my household...This must be excellent way of stuffing chicken - so different from the way I do it!

Vimitha Anand said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so awesome and am literally drooling here dear...

Indu said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks good, so very chickenny...just the right dish for Easter!

Rosh said... Best Blogger Tips

That's one yummy chicken!!

Asiya Omar said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Easter.Great Recipe.Nice.

Chandrani said... Best Blogger Tips

Stuffed chicken looks spicy and yummy. Chicken is inviting me..

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Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said... Best Blogger Tips

your chicken dish look so yummy!

Princy Vinoth said... Best Blogger Tips

happy easter julie.what a fantastic dish to celebrate the Lord's coming.

Jay said... Best Blogger Tips

cant wait to try this irresistable version..nice presentation dear
thanks for sharing

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PrathibhaSreejith said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey, Stuffed chicken looks awesome. A must try one. Hope you and family had a great Easter, belated wishes :-)

Sutapa said... Best Blogger Tips

Wonderful chicken recipe Julia and it seems lots of hard work but worth the effort!

Achu's Amma's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

wow kothippikkalle...vayil vellam varunnu...awesome kozhinirachathu.Belated Easter wishes.

Vrinda said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks awesome ..Hope u had a wonderful Easter

Ramya said... Best Blogger Tips

this recipe is tempting me to try whole chicken..never attempted..perfect dish for easter

Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Mouthwatering here, cant take my eyes from ur clicks..

misha said... Best Blogger Tips

Belated easter wishes Julie,that one is quite an effort, looks lovely and mouthwatering. Hope u had a wonderful day :)

Kitchen Boffin said... Best Blogger Tips

great recipe! i make it almost the same way, although i do not use chicken masala in it..love ur space.. following u..

Vineetha said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks a lot Dear...I m happy that u all liked it.its a bit time consuming one nah,but very good for special occasions...Hope u had a good Easter :)

Satya said... Best Blogger Tips

OMG...it looks sooooooo tempting...yummy
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Soni said... Best Blogger Tips

Hope you had a lovely Easter!!This looks like a perfect holiday feast!Delicious :)

faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

very yummy n delicious chicken...i too have this in my drafts will post it soon...Eventhough time consuming the taste is really awesome and will be a best treat during special occassions.

Charu Srivastava said... Best Blogger Tips

simply perfect...delicious !!!

Katerina said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Easter to you too! The chicken is an excellent idea, looks delicious!

Ambreen said... Best Blogger Tips

Hope you had a Happy Easter! This looks wonderful! Keep rocking!!!

Teena Mary said... Best Blogger Tips

wow..wow...you've put great effort to make this! Looks really tempting & i loved the tasty stuffing too! Bookmarked to try :)

Rita said... Best Blogger Tips

This must taste wonderful just looking at your photos, I can almost taste them.
Rita

Asha said... Best Blogger Tips

I had the same dish for Easter... but with a bit more gravy....

Jaleela said... Best Blogger Tips

Mouthwatering ,

Lizy said... Best Blogger Tips

Hope you had a very good Easter..this chicken looks so worthy the wait!