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What's Cookin' Good Lookin' Challenge Week 2.5

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

So we're kind of in between rounds over at the Maintainers' What's Cookin' Good Lookin' Challenge, but I decided to report on a dish I made this week anyway. Tonight I made "Halal Cart" style chicken. A few of the team members beat me to it, and loved it, so needless to say I was excited to make it. www.seriouseats.com/reci

"Halal Carts" are basically food trucks in large cities that serve halal meats. Halal meats are basically "sanctioned" meats for those who are Islamic. My meat was not real halal however :) I used to eat at a lebanese restaurant in Chicago that was across the street from my office, and so I was excited to try this to get some of those flavors.

This was a very easy recipe to make, and would have been even faster if I did the chicken cooking and rice cooking at the same time, versus doing one then the other. I neglected to reserve half the marinade to use at the end, but I don't think it had any negative affects. Also, after cooking I only ended up with 17oz of chicken, so I had this make 4 servings instead of 6. For the yogurt sauce, I halved it since I had half the meat called for, and only used a half cup of greek yogurt, and left out the mayonnaise altogether, and it was not necessary at all. I used Sriracha for the hot sauce. I was also happy to find pitas that were 140 calories, which I cut into 8ths to make them seem like I was getting a lot. For the chicken, rice, and sauce, total calories was 435 (EDIT: The actual calories are 512. I calculated the rice incorrectly). As you can see it was a pretty large serving, and very filling.

I definitely recommend trying this, and I can't wait to try it outside on the grill, as it did smoke up my kitchen pretty good (no vented hood here).

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  • INAFFIT319
    Oh wow. This looks SO good! Just pinned it. Can't wait to give it a try.
    1857 days ago
    Love your photos! It is SUCH a great dish too, & very adaptable.
    1860 days ago
    Amanda, you should definitely try it! I was worried the spices (namely the coriander and turmeric) would be expensive but each one was around $3 at my regular grocery store. I think even kids would like it, especially if you skipped the yogurt and hot sauces. Slenderella, it's not spicy at all unless you add the hot sauce, which is totally not necessary. I had the leftovers for 2 lunches with no hot sauce or yogurt sauce and it was still delicious.
    1861 days ago
  • -AMANDA79-
    I'll admit that I almost immediately dismissed this recipe because of the amount of ingredients, but the way everyone is raving, I may have to give it a go!
    1861 days ago
    I bet I'd really like this recipe, but my hubby does not like exotic tastes and the kids (and their parents) wouldn't tolerate the heat. So, I'll probably tuck this one in the back of my mind to try when hubby is out of town and I have a girlfriend over! Thanks for the review and link to the recipe.
    1861 days ago
    This looks delicious and very nicely served!!
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    1862 days ago
    This one definitely gets the blue ribbon of the challenge! I still have some leftovers from my last batch and can't wait to have some more later!
    1862 days ago
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