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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Chicken & Mushroom in a Cream Sauce

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This post is written to explain to you how to make best use of the Fissler Pressure Cooker (giveaway sponsored by Tavola) & to give you a delicious recipe that showcases the perfect and super fast cooking property of this pressure cooker.
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Chicken, Mushroom, Cream  - Always a winner combination

You live but once; you might as well be amusing."   -  Coco Chanel

That's it, any time there is butter, mushroom and cream you know you have a delicious creamy recipe! Not much thinking required for this conclusion, and not much fuss is required for this recipe. This is one of those foods that are very simple in concept, very easy to cook and very delicious to eat. Goodness on a plate!

I remember coming back from school to this delicious meal. I very well remember how it made me feel... comforted and at home. Since we are right in the middle of Ramadan, I thought of posting this recipe to help you find comfort, as fasting is tough this year with the long hours and the heat. Tuck into this creamy deliciousness, with a side of Vermicelli Rice and let it sooth your soul.

Please remember good ingredients are the base for good food. Buy fresh mushrooms and never use canned mushrooms! The soaked canned mushrooms can never taste any good! The fresh ones on the other hand are delicious, properly crunchy, and even smell way better. If you are used to using canned mushrooms, please use this advise and toss them away! Go fresh!

Tip   Never wash fresh mushrooms under running water! They absorb the water, which ruins their texture. Instead, use a clean, wet kitchen towel and rub them clean. This way they remain crunchy and tasty, instead of those water filled washed ones. Yaykes!!

Ramadan Recipe 17
Use Fresh Mushrooms never the canned ones
Chicken & Mushroom In A Cream Sauce 
Serves 6

You Need
4 Chicken breast cut into cubes
200g Button mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
3 tbsp butter
5 Garlic cloves crushed
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 ltrs water
1.5 ltrs Chicken broth (recipe for today's broth is included in this post)
400 ml Cooking Cream
1 tbsp White pepper corns
1/4 tsp ground Nutmeg
A pinch of cinnamon
2 bay leaves
Salt & Black pepper
Juice of 1/2 lemon
3 tbsp finely chopped Parsley

Cook the chicken in the Fissler Pressure Cooker and you will have
very moist and tender chicken pieces and a succulent broth to complete this dish

In your Fissler pressure cooker, melt 2 tbsp butter, but do not brown. Add the chopped onion and stir to coat with the butter, add the crushed garlic and stir to coat. When onions are translucent but now browned, add the chicken pieces and stir-fry to brown slightly. Season with black pepper and salt. Add the white pepper corns, the bay leaves and the pinch of cinnamon. Top with 2 ltrs of water. Cover tightly (as per manufacturer's instructions) and let cook for 20 minutes after boiling. Remove from heat. Cool down and open the pressure cooker (please follow manufacturer's instructions). Using a sieve, in a large heat-proof bowl, separate the chicken from the broth. Set aside.

Step-by-step making of Chicken and Mushroom in a Cream Sauce
In a medium cooking pot, melt 1 tbsp butter and cook the mushrooms until lightly browned. Add the chicken pieces and toss twice to brown slightly. Add the chicken broth (liquids from cooking the chicken). Bring to a boil allowing the mushrooms to release their flavour into the broth as seen in the second picture above. Once boiled, add the cream and the nutmeg. Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat add lemon juice and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Add the chopped parsley and serve with a side of Vermicelli Rice.

Really simple, really good.

Fissler Pressure Cooker
Giveaway Sponsored by Tavola
for Dima's Kitchen Blog Readers
I use the pressure cooker all the time for making broths, soups and even whole meals  at times when I am in a rush! Not only is this cooking method fast, but it also reserves all the nutrients of your food, making the food very healthy. Top it all with deeper flavoured food, and I think you have yourself some proper gadget! One of the very few I actually use! I cannot imagine a kitchen without one! So we are making sure you have one. We are looking forward to seeing your photos for a chance to win this fabulous Fissler pressure cooker; sponsored by Tavola for Dima's Kitchen Ramadan Special

Hope you enjoyed today's post and that you are as excited about winning this Fissler Pressure Cooker. Come back again tomorrow for more fabulous recipes. But before you go, you know I love to hear from you, so make sure to leave me a comment :)

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Ramadan Kareem