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Moghlai Chicken
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The Recipe

3 1/2 lb Chicken;whole

1 ts -Salt

-freshly ground black pepper 2 tb Vegetable oil

4 tb Butter;unsalted

7 Cardamom pods;whole

8 Cloves, whole

1 Cinnamon stick; 2 inch piece

2 Bay leaves

2 1/2 tb Almonds;blanched, slivered

2 1/2 tb Raisins

1 c Yogurt, plain

1 ts Cumin, ground; freshly

-ground for best results 1/2 ts Cayenne pepper

Remove skin from chicken. Cut into serving pieces, cutting whole legs into two pieces and whole breasts into 6 pieces. Spread chicken in single layer and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp salt and pepper to taste; pat into chicken to help it adhere. Turn chicken over and repeat with another 1/4 tsp salt and pepper to taste. Heat oil and butter in large skillet, preferably non stick, over medium-high heat. When hot, add cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves and as many chicken pieces as pan will hold in single layer. (Do not crowd.) Brown chicken on both sides; transfer with slotted spoon to ovenproof casserole. Repeat with remaining chicken. Add almonds to hot oil in skillet and stir. As soon as they begin to brown, about 1 minute, stir in raisins. Immediately pour contents of skillet, fat and all over chicken. In small bowl, stir together yogurt, cumin, cayenne, remaining salt and black pepper to taste. Pour over chicken; mix well. Cover casserole; place in preheated 350F oven 20 minutes. Turn chicken pieces over; baste with juices. Cover, return to oven 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is tender. Just before serving, if necessary, reheat chicken over low heat. Remove chicken pieces; transfer to warm serving dish. Spoon off most fat left in casserole; discard. Place remaining sauce in casserole over medium-high heat and boil until thickened, about 5 minutes. Pour thickened sauce over chicken. SERVES:6

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