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Chicken Masala with Fresh Herbs

  • 2 cups cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 1 jalapeño, coarsely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (1 3/4 pounds), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • ½  teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½  teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8  teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • Kosher salt
  • Basmati rice, for serving

In a blender, combine the cilantro, mint, jalapeño, garlic, lemon juice and water and puree until smooth.  Season with a little salt.


In a large, deep skillet, heat the oil. Add the onion and cook over moderately high heat, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken and turmeric and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden in spots, about 7 minutes. Add the remaining spices and cook for 1 minute. Add the cilantro puree and coconut milk, season with salt and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat until the sauce is slightly reduced and the chicken is tender, about 15 minutes. Serve over basmati rice.


The ever-versatile Applewood Winery Riesling has the wonderful ability to pair with international flavors, and the slightly fruity taste of the wine balances the complex flavors of this dish.  Enjoy!

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Jackie S: Key Lime Cannoli
We were up for the Riesling Experience and fell in love with the cannolis we had there. Our entire group (12) came home with bottles so we can make relive the experience. Please let us know where to find the recipe smilies/smiley.gif

May 22, 2011
Votes: +1
Ashleigh Aviles: Turkey jerk burger recipes
This was wonderful! Please let me know if the turkey jerk burger recipe will be available.

June 12, 2011
Votes: +0

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