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I am a lucky Woman, I have a Husband that loves me, a beautiful grown step-daughter, a 15 yr old son and a 8 yr old son. I try to create a home that is warm and will linger with memories of Mom's cooking and being home for my children. This isn't always possible, considering they rough house, I get tired and hit the Mcdonald's drive thru and sometimes buy clean socks for them instead of wash it.... I try to do a menu plan, hang our clothes out to dry, use coupons, go to Church every week.. and pretend I am a stay at home Mom while working 40 hours a week

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mandoori Chicken.. an experiment

            Yes- you read that right- Mandoori Chicken- not Tandoori Chicken. I was trying to come up with something for dinner that we have never had before, I was reminded in the Weis Market about Tandoori Chicken, that my cousin Irene had made at our family camp last year on her night to make dinner. My boys loved it. Well- in the international area of the grocery store, there was the pack of seasonings to make it, I allllmooosttt bought it.. but it was like 4 dollars and being the frugal frannie I am, I decided to read the ingredients, then thought.. Duh~ google it!
           Which I did, once I got home, I started the prep last night since this needs to marinate... now- why you ask I call it Mandoori Chicken? Well- I have adjusted the seasoning levels and the ingredients a bit... so I am claiming it!
I will post the link for the original recipe at the end of the post for those of you who want to actually follow directions- but I gotta tell you- my boys ate this up!

In a large bowl I combined 1 Cup of Sour Cream, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 3 TBSP of lime juice,2 TBSP dried minced garlic, 1 TSP ground ginger root, 1 TBSP ground cumin, 1/2 TSP cayenne pepper, 1 TSP dried cilantro, 1/2 TSP ground cloves.

Here is a close up of all the wonderful smelling spices

I then put 4 ice glazed frozen chicken breasts in a ziplock bag and added the sour cream mixture to it

I placed it in the fridge overnight, then in the morning before I left for work, I flipped it so that the other side would be able to marinate in the amazing mix- which I was half tempted to dip pretzels in last night!

When I got home from work, I started some rice to serve the chicken over, took the chicken outta the bag and sliced it into long strips and placed it in my beautiful new All-Clad grill pan, which - I got at a Yard Sale for 5 Buckaroos!!!

Okay Okay- here is the chicken- I had to show off my new 5 dollar pan though!

I let them cook until they were no longer pink and the juices were clear....I had to add about a cup of water to the pan so that they would make more marinade, and not simmer all the juices away. Then I added rice to the bowls, cut the chicken into bite size pieces and plated it up!

So- this meal was pretty easy- and the prep was easy considering I did it at 9:30 last night. I made corn and green beans to go with it and all the boys ate it- to me... that is a success!

Here is an easier to copy version of the recipe:

 Mandoori Chicken

In a large bowl combine
1 Cup of Sour Cream
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 TBSP of lime juice
2 TBSP dried minced garlic
1 TSP ground ginger root
1 TBSP ground cumin
1/2 TSP cayenne pepper
1 TSP dried cilantro
1/2 TSP ground cloves

Place 4 large chicken breast in a ziplock bag and add sour cream mixture. Allow to marinate at least over night if not 24 hours.
Cook until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.. serve over rice.

For those wondering why I am calling this Mandoori Chicken instead of Tandoori Chicken- My family and school friends call me Mandy... :)
Here is a pic of Irene and some other family members from about mmmm 2 yrs ago?

Left to Right~
Irene~ Ira~ Me~ Patty (Kneeling)~ Brian~ Maddy
Satchel~ Josh~ Joey~

And here is a link to the original recipe I totally butchered... but in a good way:
Original Tandoori Chicken Recipe


  1. I would totally try this using pork steaks instead of chicken ...

  2. Oh that is a good Idea- I would probably like fresh cilantro and more cumin too- but I didn't want Connor to think it was too Spicy....

  3. I will try this one, as both of my kids like Indian food! I got a mini angel food cake pan for one buckeroo at my neighbor's garage sale but will have to keep an eye out for a grill pan. :-)

  4. Dramamama~
    The smell of the spices is just awesome as it is cooking! I was going to get the plain yogurt to make it like the original recipe- but Connor was in the store with me and I completely forgot it- I had lots'o sour cream though- so I figured that would work mmmmm it sure did!