Eastern Spiced Chicken is a spicy warming dish with some great health enhancing ingredients.
Another healthy food recipe with chicken; rich in tryptophan, phenylalanine and tyrosine, which are the breakdown amino acids from protein and are used in the body to produce neurotransmitters that enhance mood and happiness. For more information on foods to enhance mood Click Here
The turmeric, cinnamon, mint, coriander and ginger are excellent anti-oxidants and support many areas of health in the body, as does the squash with it’s very good levels of beta carotene.
- 1tbsp coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
- 2 onions chopped (red are good)
- 2 cloves of garlic crushed
- 4 organic or free range chicken breasts cut into cubes
- 1 butternut squash, seeds removed and cut in small cubes
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger or 4cms grated fresh ginger
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 ltr chicken stock if you have it ideally from bone broth
- 1 420gm tin of chopped tomatoes
- A handful of chopped fresh coriander and chopped fresh mint leaves
Seasoning to taste – sea salt and black pepper
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a low heat and gently fry the chopped onions and garlic until cooked (about 5 mins) – add a little water or stock to steam fry.
- Add the chicken cubes, squash, turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger and stir well
- Pour in the stock and tomatoes and cover and cook for 30 minutes on a low heat, stirring occasionally
- Uncover and cook for a further 10 minutes to thicken the sauce a little thickening such as cornflour can be added I the sauce is not thick enough.
- Add the chopped coriander and mint
Season to taste and serve with quinoa or brown basmati rice and lightly steamed broccoli and sugar snap peas
Recipe adapted from ‘Food Glorious Food’ by Patrick Holford and Fiona McDonald Joyce.