Saturday, June 26, 2010

What's for Dinner? Chicken Fatteh garnished with Cilantro & Pine Nuts

Adapted from the Chicken Fatteh in Bonnie Stern's "Friday Night Dinners" this dish is a middle-easter classic that features layers of classic regional flavours pilled high in a delicious mound letting the eater pick and assemble their own dinner.
The 4 layers are:
Bottom - Rice and Lentils boiled until soft with spices and a bay leaf and onions and garlic
2nd -Tomato Sauce - Whole plum tomatoes, garahm masala, cumin, chili flakes, onion, garlic
3rd - bone in chicken thighs and breasts and wings (I just cut a whole chicken) rubbed with salt, lemon zest and olive oil roasted for a few hours at a VERY low temperature
Top Layer - Hummus: chickpeas olive oil, tahini, s&lots of p, lemon zest, cilantro and juice

Each of the layers don't have many ingredients so method is key to extract the most flavour out of each. (Ie: caramelizing the onions properly and deglazing at the right time.)


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