A new year always dawns with new hopes, new aspirations and new dreams. And 2021 is no different. 2020 was an year like never before – if I may say that. A pandemic that almost brought the world to a stand still, people loosing jobs, small businesses struggling to survive, face masks becoming a necessity and an accessory – it has been an year with a lot of ups and downs for most of us. It is hope for a better tomorrow which keeps us going today and here is wishing each one of you a safe and healthy 2021!
I also decided to bring something different for you to start this year. It is almost an year since I entered the world of food blogging and vlogging. It’s taken baby steps to reach where I am today. When I was toying around with different ideas for Jan 2021, one thing I was clear on was to start the year on a healthy note. And that’s how my friend Parina decided to help me out. After one or two discussions, I was clear about one thing – I wanted to do a month full of recipes with her. Her philosophy is simple – keep every meal balanced. You need everything for your body, so start eating right first. The first recipe for 2021 is a well balanced delicious meal for you which will make you and your stomach happy. Parina wanted to start off with this recipe of Mustard Chicken Plate as she said this is one recipe which she makes very regularly for her family and everyone really enjoys it.
Parina is certified in Personal Training from National Academy of Sports Medicine. With the the motto ‘Give More. Get More’, she designed NEIKI, her fitness program, wherein she strives to reduce injury risk and prepare our bodies to bear the impact they need to. On this excursion, her endeavour is to help people stand upright – physically and mentally.
It is not just recipes that Parina is sharing with us – it is a lot of other information too. Head over to my YouTube channel to see all that we discuss around food and nutrition! Cheers to a balanced and healthy start to 2021..:)
Mustard Chicken PlateCourse: Main CourseDifficulty: Easy
A balanced and wholesome meal with chicken, rice and greens!
- For Marination
Chicken Thigh Piece – 300 gms
Mustard sauce (Kasundi) – 2 tbsp
Honey – 10 gms
Garlic – 8-10 cloves, whole
Salt – as per taste
Pepper – ½ tbsp
- Remaining Ingredients
Olive Oil – 8 gms
Chopped coriander – for garnishing
Broccoli – 150 gms
Salt and Pepper – as per taste
Rice – 60 gms (long grained rice works best)
- In a bowl, mix together the mustard sauce, honey, salt and pepper.
- Add the whole garlic cloves and chicken piece to the marinade and let it rest in it for 5-10 min.
- Heat a pan and add the olive oil to it. Spread the oil to cover the pan properly.
- Add the marinated chicken and garlic to the pan and cook it on high heat to get a nice char on the chicken. Turnover and char the chicken on the other side too.
- Next, reduce the heat and let the chicken cook for 6-8 min till done. This process ensures that the chicken retains its juices and remains tender after cooking.
- Take the chicken and garlic off heat onto a serving plate and garnish with some chopped coriander leaves.
- Separate the broccoli into florets. Bring a pan of water to a boil and add the broccoli florets to it. Let it cook for 3-4 min on high heat.
- Remove the florets from water and season with some salt and pepper. Transfer this to the serving plate alongside the chicken.
- Cook the rice in the regular way in water with some salt added. Do not add any oil while cooking the rice.
- Once cooked, serve the rice along with the mustard chicken and steamed broccoli.
- Cooking the Chicken: As mentioned in the recipe, cook the chicken first on high heat. This ensures that the chicken is charred on both sides and it seals the juices inside. And then cooking on low heat will make sure the chicken is cooked through and is juicy. Also, chicken thigh pieces work best for this recipe as they do not tend to dry out as fast as the chicken breast pieces.
- Broccoli and Rice: Broccoli should just be steamed for a couple of minutes in boiling water. It should retain its crunchiness and not turn too soft. Rice also should be cooked normally in water and some salt. Take care not to add oil to the rice while cooking.
2 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories358
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Total Carbohydrate
- Protein 34g 68%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.