Smart Chicken and Dal
with Frizzled Shallots
Tonight's dinner is warming, comforting and deliciously wholesome! Juicy chicken breasts are seared in our Dal Spice Blend, then baked to perfection before joining creamy dal curry. A generous sprinkling of frizzled shallots to finish adds texture and mind-blowing flavour!
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Dal Spice Blend
Chicken Stock Powder
Not included in your delivery
Before starting, preheat the oven to 450˚F. Wash and dry all produce. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat.While the pan heats, peel, then halve shallot lengthwise. Cut crosswise into 1/8-inch half-moons.When the pan is hot, add 1 tbsp (2 tbsp) oil, then shallots. Cook, stirring occasionally, until shallots are golden-brown and smaller pieces start to crisp, 5-8 min. (NOTE: Keep your eye on shallots so they don't burn! If smaller pieces are at risk of burning, reduce heat to medium-low. Shallots will crisp up a little more while cooling.)
Remove the pan from heat. Transfer shallots to a paper towel-lined plate, reserving any oil in the pan. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over shallots.While shallots frizzle, add lentils and 1 3/4 cups (3 cups) warm water to a medium bowl. Set aside to soak.Peel, then quarter carrot lengthwise. Cut into 1/4-inch quarter-moons.Roughly chop spinach.Roughly chop cilantro.
Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Season with salt, pepper and half the Dal Spice Blend.When shallots are done, return the same pan with reserved shallot oil to medium.Add 1/2 tbsp (1 tbsp) butter, then swirl the pan until melted.Add chicken. Pan-fry until golden-brown, 1-2 min per side. Transfer chicken to an unlined baking sheet. Roast in the top of the oven until cooked through, 10-12 min.**
Return the same pan to medium.When hot, add 1/2 tbsp (1 tbsp) butter, then carrots. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened slightly, 1-2 min. Add ginger-garlic puree, half the tikka sauce (use all for 4 ppl) and remaining Dal Spice Blend. Cook, stirring often, until fragrant, 30 sec.Add stock powder and lentils with soaking water. Cover, then bring to a boil over high, stirring occasionally.
Once boiling, reduce heat to medium. Cook, still covered, stirring occasionally, until lentils are soft and creamy and carrots are tender, 14-16 min. (TIP: If dal reduces too quickly, add more water, 1/4 cup at a time.)Add spinach and half the cilantro. Stir until spinach wilts, 1 min. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Thinly slice chicken.Divide dal between plates. Top with chicken. Sprinkle frizzled shallots and remaining cilantro over top.