Wow! I made this with the ingredients I had on hand, so I admit I did not follow the recipe exactly, but the sauce is a keeper, it is SO good. I admit I did use full-fat yoghurt (Mountain High brand), but I think it would have been just as good with the low-fat yogurt the recipe calls for. I used bottled lemon juice, didn't have any jalepeno, used Penzey's Bali Spice Blend instead of the dry rub, didn't have any cilantro (though I imagine it would be awesome and I will use next time), used canned pineapple, and used garlic naan instead of pita bread. I suggest cutting the meat into smaller pieces before pan frying. It was really hard to get the pieces fully cooked. I think it would be good with tofu, so I will try that next time.
karendb Posted: 11/19/10
joeymaggiesmom Posted: 08/20/10
Don't let the long list of ingredients keep you from making this! It really is pretty quick and easy to make. The taste was very complex with the spices coating the chicken, the onion/ginger/jalapeno mix, and the cashew yogurt. Like jerk chicken meets tandoori. The pineapple also added a nice sweet flavor (though I used canned not fresh). I did not seed the jalapenos and still thought it could've been hotter. Next time I might substitute habanero peppers.
Kuenzi123 Posted: 06/15/10
It makes me sad that there aren't more reviews, because that probably means not a lot of people have tried this recipe. It's DELICIOUS, one of my favorite things I've made! I halved the recipe to serve three instead of six, and it worked out fine (although I used an entire tablespoon of oil to cook the chicken in because I think it would've gotten quite dry without it). I used low-fat plain greek yogurt rather than regular yogurt because it's what I had on hand. I also tossed the bag of chicken with the spices in the fridge for about four hours before cooking it. I had to leave out the cardamom because I didn't have any and the store I was at didn't carry it either but it was still delicious. Rather than large pitas, I used the whole wheat mini pita pockets from Trader Joe's. I think the pitas definitely have to be at least heated up rather than served plain - after I cooked the chicken in the pan and before I put in the onion/jalepeno mix, I added in the pitas and just let them cook a bit on each side until toasty. They were fantastic!
ChefLeesher Posted: 12/22/11
Next time I will flatten the chicken pieces and add more salt to the chicken. Didn't use cardamom because it is super expensive where I live. Only had whole cloves so sprinkled chicken with season mix 3 hours prior and threw a few cloves in, just pulled them out before cooking. This would also work well as a pita sandwich, making kebobs of the chicken and grilling then putting sauce over top.
rstarrlemaitre Posted: 10/31/11
This is one of the most visually beautiful dishes you'll ever make! And the taste definitely did not disappoint. Loved the spice rub on the chicken, the fresh sweet taste of pineapple in contrast to the spices and jalapeno/ginger mix, and the creaminess of the yogurt sauce. I do wish that there was less onion/jalapeno taste to the yogurt, and more cashews, so I would adjust the ratio slightly next time.