WRITTEN ON January 14th, 2010 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Chicken, Indian

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Chicken Tikka (serves 2):
2 chicken breasts, cut into large chunks
3/4 cup low fat plain yogurt
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp minced ginger
1 tbsp whole coriander seeds, crushed lightly with back of knife
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp tumeric
Zest of 1/2 an orange
Combine all ingredients except for chicken.  Taste for seasoning. Submerge chicken in marinade, make sure it is well coated. Cover and chill for 8-24 hours.  When you are ready to grill your chicken, remove from the marinade.  Season with salt and pepper.  Prepare grill (heat to medium high and oil well).  Grill chicken about 7 minutes until cooked through, turning once or twice (don’t move it around too much. You want to get a good sear).
For Yogurt Sauce:
1/2 cup plain low fat yogurt
zest of 1/2 an orange
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1 handful combined fresh mint and cilantro, chopped
Salt t o taste
Combine all ingredients.  Season to taste. Serve on top of chicken, along with naan bread, pita, or basmati rice.

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