Saturday, August 18, 2007

Chicken Cigars

One of my favourite hosts on Food Network is Rachael Ray.
I like the way she cooks and talks!
This recipe comes straight from her kitchen.

It is usually served as an appetiser.
But in our home it is not uncommon to make a meal out of appetisers.

So we had this for one of our quick night dinners!

The only changes that I made were-
Substituting Parsley with Cilantro.
And Grilled Seasoning with chicken tandoori masala.

I used Athens Phyllo dough Pastry sheets.

To make a vegetarian version of this dish I think Soya granules would be a nice choice and also grated paneer would go well.

For making these you will need-

1/2 pounds ground chicken breast
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons black pepper pwdr
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
2 teaspoons Red chilli powder
2 teaspoons Chicken Tandoori Masala
2 tablespoons chopped Cilantro
4 sheets phyllo dough
4 tablespoons butter, melted


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Place chicken in a bowl and mix with spices and Cilantro and salt.
Place a piece of phyllo on a nonstick cookie sheet, butter it and top with a second sheet.
Divide the chicken in half.
Form a 1-inch thick log the length of the long side of the phyllo dough.
Roll the log in phyllo tightly.
Cut the chicken filled phyllo into 4 "cigars" and brush with a dab more butter.
Repeat to make a total of 8 chicken and phyllo roll-ups.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes until golden.
And its ready to serve.
I served it with Thai Sweet Red Chilli Sauce.

And now its time for the Awards-

Archana of TriedandTested Recipes was really very kind in forwarding these awards to me-

The Power of Schmooze Award is for bloggers who “effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly trails and smiles, happily making new friends along the way. They don’t limit their visits to only the rich and successful, but spend some time to say hello to new blogs as well. They are the ones who engage others in meaningful conversations, refusing to let it end at a mere hello - all the while fostering a sense of closeness and friendship.

The Rocking Girl Blogger Award is for bloggers who “are girls or women who blog and who Rock!!!“

I dont think that I really deserve these Awards but nevertheless they are a great source of encouragement.

Thanks Archana for being so thoughtful.

And Now I would like to pass on these Awards to all those bloggers in the blogosphere who have not received them yet!



Cinnamon said...

Congrats!! And the chicken cigars look delicious!!

Neelam said...

Thanks Cinnamon.

Mona said...

Hi Neelam this is my first time to your blog, and i loved it :-) And i love Racheal Ray too :-) Have added you in my blogroll and will keep dropping by.

Neelam said...

Thanks Mona...

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Congrats!...Ur chicken cigars are looking awesome...Nice try...

Jyothsna said...

That looks really tempting. nice idea.

Neelam said...

Thanks Sukanya and Jyothsna.

archana said...

Hi Neelam, When I saw the chicken recipe, I skipped the post. Being a total veg I really don't know what to say on non veg posts :D
Congratulations on the well deserved awards. I love your blog and your recipes are nice :)You rock girl :)

Neelam said...

Thank you so much Archana for all the words of encouragement, it means a lot, Thanks!

Latha Narasimhan said...

Congrats for thase awards neelam! You have a nice blog!

Amna said...

Hi Neelam!
Great recipe and even I am a huge fan of rachel ray...thnx for sharing this recipe...:-)