Does anyone else go through their work day and think, “God, I really can’t wait to get home and cook a delicious meal?” That was never me until just recently. In fact, before last summer, I really only knew how to cook pasta, ha! Now I’m cooking some pretty great dishes and I think about cooking a lot – late at night when I should be sleeping, during work, while watching a movie, at the gym, etc. I’m constantly thinking of ways to up my cooking game too, like purchasing a different kind of cooking oil that doesn’t burn off as quickly. Did you know that the smoking point of extra virgin olive oil is 320 degrees? Regular olive oil has a better tolerance and doesn’t start smoking until 465 degrees… No wonder so many of my dishes were burning and my house was filling up with smoke. I bet my neighbors were getting super tired of hearing the smoke-alarms going off around 6pm each night.
Luckily, I didn’t need to worry about a smoke-out tonight. For this recipe, the chicken was roasted in the oven and the olive oil used was by no means a virgin, let alone an extra virgin. For this traditional Indian favorite, I marinated chicken in a vibrant combination of yogurt and spiced tomato chutney. The chicken was roasted with cabbage and a poblano pepper. After roasting, the vegetables accompanied a simple farro and was brightened with a bit of fresh lime juice. The dish was topped with a lime-yogurt dressing that spruced up and completed the entire dish. This tandoori-style roasted chicken was so wonderful, that it now takes the crown for being the best meal ever.
Ingredients for the best meal ever
- 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
- ½ cup Semi-Pearled Farro
- ½ lb Cabbage
- 1 Lime
- 2 Tbsps Savory Tomato Chutney
- ½ cup Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt
- 1 Poblano Pepper
Recipe for the best meal ever
Place an oven rack in the center of the oven, then preheat to 450°F. Fill a medium pot with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the farro and cook, uncovered, 18 to 20 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Cover to keep warm.
While the farro cooks, to make the marinade, combine the tomato chutney and half the yogurt in a large bowl. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. Transfer to the bowl of marinade; turn to coat. Set aside to marinate, turning occasionally, at least 10 minutes.
While the chicken marinates, wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut out and discard the core of the cabbage; medium dice the leaves. Quarter the lime. To make the sauce, in a bowl, combine the remaining yogurt, the juice of 1 lime wedge, and 2 teaspoons of water. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cut off and discard the stem of the pepper; remove the core, then medium dice. Thoroughly wash your hands immediately after handling.
Line a sheet pan with foil. Place the diced cabbage and pepper on the foil. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Arrange in an even layer on one side of the sheet pan. Roast the vegetables 5 minutes. Leaving the oven on, remove from the oven. Letting any excess marinade drip off, carefully transfer the marinated chicken to the other side of the sheet pan of partially roasted vegetables. Roast 19 to 21 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender when pierced with a fork and the chicken is cooked through. Remove from the oven.
To the pot of cooked farro, add the roasted vegetables, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and the juice of 1 lime wedge. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished farro topped with the roasted chicken and sauce. Garnish with the remaining lime wedges. Enjoy!
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