Wednesday, December 15, 2010

party food - Curried chicken in endive

This is a dish I have made a few times, it is mostly prepared ahead and is a lo carb option on the often carb heavy buffet table. It is one of my few exceptions to the not using curry powder rule, as it really works well with mayonnaise.

Rather drunken looking appetizers
4 Belgian endive all leaves split apart
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon of curry powder (or more to taste)
Small handful of chopped coriander
1/3 cup of chopped cashews
1/3 cup of chopped green grapes

Separate all the leaves of the endive and put in a plastic bag until you are ready to serve
Poach the chicken by placing in a pot of salted water bring to a simmer and cook until cooked through about 10 to 15 minutes depending on the size of the breasts.
Remove them from the now very tasty chicken stock for making a healthy soup for lunch while you continue to cook considerably less healthy food for the evening.
Chop the chicken into small chunks then mix with the remaining ingredients and store in the fridge until ready to serve, along with the separated endive leaves.

To serve spoon a dollop into each leaf and place on a platter.

Part of the buffet table
The above picture shows a couple of other items on the buffet along with the curried chicken dish.  Kefta which I blogged last month and makes a wonderful addition to the buffet and far more interesting than the standard meatballs.  Also there is a platter of smoked salmon always a favourite and Chicken wings.

All I did with the chicken wings is roast in the oven until golden then tossed in hot sauce, easy and good.

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