Monday, September 27, 2010

Inspired by Aarti Paarti

Did y'all watch The Next Food Network Star's last season? I love that show. This year, the winner was Aarti. I thought she was awesome from the start and hoped that she would win because I really wanted to learn how to make Indian food.

Well, a couple weeks ago she was making something on her new Food Network show and while I don't remember what it was, I do remember that she used mango and garam masala together in it. Huh, I though, I wonder what that tastes like? I recently picked up some garam masala at The Savory Spice Shop in Denver so I thought I would try it out using Aarti's recipe as an inspiration.

In a small bowl, combine mango puree and 1/2 tsp. garam masala.

To make the mango puree, I simply thawed some frozen mango and threw it in my food processor to blend it up.

Add some kosher salt.

Soapbox moment: If you haven't tried kosher salt yet, do so please. While regular table salt is best for most baking, kosher salt has a chunkier texture and tastes fantastic in regular cooking.

Coat your chicken breasts in the mango puree.

Grill for about 8-12 minutes per side or until the chicken is cooked through. Bone-in chicken pieces will take about twice as long.

I loved the way the mango caramelized on the edges. It may look burned but it's oh-so-yummy to get that nice bit of char action on your grilled chicken.

The flavor of this was really interesting - slightly sweet because of the mango but really savory thanks to garam masala's help. I liked it. :)

Spiced Mango Grilled Chicken (printable recipe)
Serves 4

4 chicken breasts
1 c. mango puree
1/2 tsp. garam masala
1/4 tsp. kosher salt

In a small bowl, combine mango puree and spices. Coat chicken pieces with the puree. Fire up your grill. Grill the chicken for 8-12 minutes per side for boneless pieces or about twice that length for bone-in pieces, until cooked through.

Serve and enjoy!

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