A Taste of India
This easy Bombay Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe is a simple salad recipe for using left-over chicken or turkey. The dressing gives this pasta salad an Indian (Bombay) flavour as well as colour.
The raisins infuse this Bombay salad with a bit of sweetness and a nice chewy texture.
The curry powder in the dressing creates a unique eastern flavour and colour.
The spice, Curry, itself is native to India, (especially the Bombay Region) although it is now widely used throughout the world to flavour soups, stews, sauces and dressings.
Curry powder is actually a mixture of a number of spices, with of course, curry being the main one. Throughout India, and even within Bombay itself, there are many regional differences in curry powders - they can hot or mild, sweet or not, and sometimes very colourful.

Bombay Salad Ingredients:
• 1/4 lb. (112 g) shell pasta or other small pasta shape
• 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, poached & cubed
• 2 green onions – diced
• 4 tbsp (60 ml) raisins
• 1 tbsp. (15 ml) fresh basil – chopped

Bombay Dressing Ingredients:
• ½ cup (120 ml) mayonnaise
• ½ tsp. (2.5 ml) curry
• ½ tsp (2.5 ml) salt
• Dash of pepper
• Squirt of lemon juice

1. Cook pasta , as per package instructions, in boiling water until tender. Rinse under cold running water and allow to thoroughly drain and cool.
2. In a bowl combine the cooled pasta, chicken cubes, green onions, raisins and basil.
3. In a separate small bowl combine the dressing ingredients and mix well.
4. Taste test the dressing – adjust seasonings.
5. Add the dressing to the pasta bowl and stir to coat all the pasta and chicken with the dressing.

Recipe Yield: Serves 2
Recipe Notes:

1. The pasta can be prepared a day ahead & refrigerated.
2. To poach the chicken breast – drop it into a pot of boiling water and continue to cook til done. This can also be done a day ahead.
3. Alternatively this recipe can be made with pre-cooked (left-over) chicken or turkey


Butter Chicken is one of the recipes most frequently requested of me. It’s one I make fairly often, so I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to post it!

This restaurant favourite is creamy, flavourful and mild on the spectrum of Indian curries. My version is simplified (read: doesn’t require a plethora of spices that you’ll buy and only need one-eighth of a teaspoon of) but doesn’t suffer in the flavour department. This is definitely a lick-your-plate dinner.
Most butter chicken recipes require cooking the chicken separately first, then simmering in the sauce. I don’t think this extra cooking step is necessarily crucial, especially for the sake of an easy weeknight dinner. The marinade, however, is important because the chicken breasts don’t take long to cook, so they won’t absorb much of the flavour from the sauce. If you are a planner, marinate the chicken overnight for maximum benefit (but even a half-hour to mingle with the spices will make a difference). And if you are a planner AND a perfectionist, then feel free to add an extra step and char the chicken cubes a bit on a grill/grill pan, or under a broiler for a few minutes before tossing them in the sauce.

One thing you don’t want to rush is the caramelizing of the onions – it’s a really important layer of flavour in any Indian curry, and especially in a sweeter one like this.
Wait until you see what I’ve done with the leftovers… (coming soon!)

For chicken & marinade:

    2.2 lbs (1 kg) boneless, skinless chicken breast cut in 1" - 2" cubes
    2 tbsp lemon juice
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tbsp garam masala
    1 tsp kosher salt

For sauce:
    ¼ cup vegetable oil
    2 ½ cups chopped onion (about 2 medium-large)
    2 tbsp coarsely chopped garlic
    2 tbsp garam masala
    2 tsp paprika
    ¼ tsp cinnamon
    2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
    2 cups diced no-salt-added canned tomatoes
    ¾ cup cream
    2 tbsp butter
    Chopped cilantro, to garnish (optional)

For marinade:

    Combine all ingredients in a zip-top bag or shallow baking dish, massaging the marinade into the chicken. Let stand at room temperature while you prepare the sauce, or marinate in the fridge overnight.

For sauce:
    Heat oil over medium heat in a large saucepan or dutch oven. Add onions and slowly cook until golden, about 20 minutes, reducing heat if they are getting crispy or browning quickly.
    Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in garam masala, paprika, cinnamon and salt; cook 1 minute more. Add tomatoes; cook 2 minutes, then add cream and carefully puree using an immersion blender (or standing blender, but do it in batches or the steam will blow the top off).
    Return sauce to saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add chicken to the sauce, cover, and simmer over medium-low heat until cooked through, about 12 minutes (remove a couple of pieces to make sure they are no longer pink inside). A gentle simmer is required to gently cook the breasts so they don't become tough, and you don't want to overcook them.
    Stir in butter, taste and add more salt to taste. Serve sprinkled with cilantro, if desired.


Author: Jennifer Pallian
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Prep time:  15 mins
Cook time:  35 mins
Total time:  50 mins
Serves: 6 servings

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