Chicken is the favorite and affordable meat that needs no introduction, and does it doesn’t need any special occasion to be eaten. It is a staple in many kitchens including mine. The thing is that chicken is so versatile that even if eaten often, it can be different every time. Adding spices and herbs is a fun and healthy way to add different flavors to plain old chicken breast.
Let's take a quick pause here to acknowledge how lucky we are in America, to be able to buy and eat whatever we need or want. Recently it has been hard for me to write about food, my passion; without feeling guilty about the terrible food shortage happening in my very own home country, Venezuela.
It is evident to me that the Venezuela I remember is long gone, and the hopes to get it back seem far out of reach. I grew up with chickens running in our backyard; it was easy to spot which one would become a bowl of soup on Sunday. Going to the butcher shop to pick up any meat was only a matter of which cut we could afford. Today, Venezuelans stand in line for hours on the days they are allowed according to the last digit on their ID, and if they are lucky to get to the butcher counter before it runs out, they do not have options; sometimes the only alternative is to go back home empty handed. The situation has become so unbearable that for the past few weeks Venezuelans have taken to the streets all over the country in protests against government policies. The clash between protesters and security forces have already taken a few lives and has left hundreds injured. It is hard to ignore.
Going back to the chicken recipe, if you have not yet cooked with turmeric, now is the time. Turmeric powder comes from a plant similar to ginger. It is an excellent source of iron and has been said to have many health benefits.
Ingredients: (serves 4) 4 chicken breasts 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon cumin powder 1 teaspoon turmeric powder 1 teaspoon paprika 1 garlic clove, finely minced 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger Salt and pepper to taste
Method Preheat the oven to 400° F. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients for the marinade and mix well. Add the chicken breast and marinade for 10 minutes. Place the chicken breast in a sheet pan or baking dish. Bake until cooked through, about 20 minutes, the temperature should be 165° Rest for five minutes and serve on top of rice or a green salad. Enjoy!
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