Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Chicken Tikka Salad #‎BloggerCLUE

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It is Blogger C.L.U.E. time again and the theme this month was spring dishes.  I was assigned Azmina from Lawyer Loves Lunch.  I was first introduced to Azmina and her blog through our Blogger C.L.U.E. group.  It has been fun getting to know her better and I have enjoyed reading all her posts in the last few months.   

Her blog is cleverly written and full of humor.  I never know what she's going to say and her little stories always make me smile.  Once, she sheepishly admitted to being so busy and rushed in the morning that she ate her son's fruit snacks for breakfast. I had a good chuckle at that anecdote. I think as a mom we all been in that crazy frazzled moment.  At least she ate an organic fruit snack so she gets extra credit.  Her blog is full of funny moments and stories so it's a good read for sure. 

She states that when she was little, while most girls her age were dreaming about being ballerinas, she was dreaming about being a lawyer and defending the civil rights of others.  She definitely accomplished her goal and made her parents very proud.

Azmina admits that working as a lawyer in the real world is not as posh as the TV law shows portray.  It's a lot of hard work, a lot of reading detailed legal documents, and running to court.  Her law career is very demanding and she was spending far too much time at work.  She works 60 hour weeks and that's not including the time she spends thinking about case law in the shower!  Now, that's what I call being dedicated to your job.  LOL!  

So a few years ago, Azmina realized she did not want end up like her lawyer colleagues eating their bland microwave lunches.   Azmina loves to eat good food so cooking and blogging became a natural outlet for her.  I also love that her "hubster", husband, gets in on the action.  He helps her out with the blog photography, tech support, and as her chief taste tester.


I enjoyed looking through her recipes and this Chicken Tikka Salad had my full attention from the first moment I saw it.  First of all, it's full of spices and I LOVE SPICES!  Second, it's light, fresh and low-carb.  These days eating a low-carb hearty salad is my favorite way to eat.  I loved this salad so much and I actually ate this huge plateful in one sitting (without any guilt too).  I was rubbing my belly with happy satisfaction and saying "Thank You" to Azmina for her recipe.   This spring, you must make this salad for yourself.  Now if you want to read a clever blog, please head on over to Azmina's blog and check out Lawyer Loves Lunch!





Ingredients:
Bag of Salad Green
Slices of cucumber
chunks and fresh tomatoes

For the Chicken Tikka:
2 large boneless and skinless chicken breast
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp garam masala
2-3 Tbs (heaping tablespoons) plain yogurt
Salt and Black Pepper
Oil

 

Directions:
First cut chicken into cubes.  Then add yogurt with all the spices and mix well. Add the chicken and to the yogurt/spice mixture and marinate in fridge for a few hours if possible to absorb flavors.  If not, just marinate for 30 minutes. 

To cook the chicken tikka, heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan (I used a nonstick pan). Cook chicken. Alternatively, you can thread the chicken onto wooden skewers (**Remember to soak the skewers for 30 minutes in cold water first) and broil until cooked.


Lime Yogurt Dressing

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons plain yogurt
1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon lime juice
Salt and pepper


Directions:
Mix all ingredients together.  If you like a thinner dressing, add a splash of water to thin out.  

Recipe from Azmina Lawyer Loves Lunch






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    21 comments:

    1. What a gorgeous salad, Ramona! So flavorful and delicious!!! Great pick for this month :)

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    2. This sounds soooooo delicous and it looks beautiful. A company worthy presentation!

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    3. We love fried chicken on our salads here in the summer and this year - we will expand by making Tikka Chicken for our salads!

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    4. Oh my that looks like SUCH a wonderful salad choice! Beautiful!

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    5. Hi Ramona! I'm so glad you were assigned my blog this month. The salad looks fantastic and perfect for the spring! And your pictures are lovely and put mine to shame :) It's been such fun getting to know you and I look forward to more posts from you.

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    6. You did such a great job describing Azmina, Ramona. And an even better job on this wonderful spring salad...I'm inspired by all the flavors11

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    7. I'm such a fan of Azmina's and can't wait until I'm paired up with her! That salad would have been an immediate draw for me too. It looks absolutely amazing, Ramona....I don't blame you for eating it in one sitting!

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    8. This salad looks great. I love chicken tikka. It is my favorite Indian dish.

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    9. Azmina is as funny and nice in person as she is in her blog. This is exactly the kind of salad I could enjoy all spring and summer long. I bet the chicken tikka was loaded with flavor.

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    10. I read that post about the fruit snacks and laughed out loud as I can totally identify!! I don't know how she does it with the little ones and a full time job, but I'm so happy she keeps bringing us recipes like this one. This is one my son would love! I'm saving for when he comes home for summer break. Excellent choice!

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    11. Great selection! I have actually had the honor of tasting Azmina's Chicken Tikka salad and it was SO tasty! She made it for a blogger get together we had a couple months ago.

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    12. I would love every bite of this salad! This spices have me sold....so much flavor in those little bites!

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    13. Deeelicious-looking! Wow, I could enjoy this very much.

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    14. Gorgeous salad, Ramona, and the perfect choice for our fresh, springtime theme with all those lovely vegetables and tender spicy chicken.

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    15. We're moving into the time of year when salads like this are a regular dinner for us. I love the marinade for the chicken and that lime dressing is just downright awesome!

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    16. What a gorgeous and refreshing salad! It's already getting hot here, and this would be perfect for dinner sometime soon. Lovely choice.

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    17. I love everything about this....the spicy chicken, the lime dressing.....great pick!

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    18. Gorgeous photos! Wonderful salad recipe - it has everything!

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    19. That dressing sounds great. Love the idea of lightening up a hearty meal by turning it into a salad.

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    20. This salad and I are going to be great friends.

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    21. This salad and I are going to be great friends.

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