A hybrid between Pakistani spices and Italian herbs, this baked chicken loaf is healthy, delicious and oh so easy to make …
For someone with a busy schedule, it’s important to have recipes that can be easily made, and that can serve as multiple meals at the same time. This chicken loaf is one such recipe. It can be sliced and served with roti for dinner, or used to make sandwiches. It can be eaten on its own, or cut into chunks to add in an omelet or sprinkle over a green salad.
It’s simple to make, since it just requires adding all the ingredients in the food processor and giving it a whiz. Once the mince mixture is ready, just pop it in the oven and it will be ready to eat in less than an hour. Switch up the seasonings and spices as you like – add coriander instead of basil or add paprika instead of red chili flakes.
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Chicken Loaf with Basil
A hybrid between Pakistani spices and Italian herbs, this baked chicken loaf is healthy, delicious and oh so easy to make.
- 1/2 kg boneless chicken cut into pieces
- 1 onion chopped in quarters
- 4 cloves garlic cut in half
- 1/2 inch piece of ginger cut in half
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup basil leaves
- 2 - 3 green chilies roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoon vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes adjust to taste
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
- 2 tablespoon oil divided
- 1 egg
- 1 slice of bread roughly torn
Pre-heat oven to 200 C.
Put the chicken in a food processor and pulse till it turns into mince. Take the mince and place it in a bowl.
Place the rest of the ingredients (vegetables, herbs & spices) with 1 tablespoon oil in the food processor and pulse together till a chunky paste is formed. Add the chicken in the food processor and give it a pulse to combine. Alernatively, use your hands and combine in the bowl.
In case there isn’t space in the food processor for all ingredients, a small food processor can be used. Just pulse the ingredients in 2-3 parts and combine in a bowl.
Grease the edges of a baking dish with a little bit of the reserved oil. Pour the chicken mixture into the baking dish, and then top with the remaining oil.
Bake for 45 - 60 minutes till edges are golden brown and chicken is cooked through. Broil for 5 minutes at the end to given a golden-brown crust on the top.
- In order to check the seasonings, just make a bite sized kebab and fry it off in a saucepan. Taste, adjust and then put the whole mixture in the oven.
- The spices and herbs used in the recipe can be varied depending on personal preference. If basil isn't available other herbs like coriander or rosemary or thyme can be used. However, adjust the quantity depending on the potency of the herb.