Lightened-Up Saag Chicken

I wish there were such a thing as smell-a-vision, or scratch and sniff-a-blog, because these images do not do this dish justice at all. Don’t take my word for it, just go and make it so you can see–er, smell–for yourself. Amazing. Seriously, the combination of spices and the warm heat just churn out something aromatically magical. On top of being completely and utterly satisfying to all the senses, this dish is also totally weeknight-friendly. It’s uncomplicated, and yet beautifully complex in layers of flavor. And that layer of delicious-but alarming-greasy goodness that’s usually on your plate after a meal like this? Nowhere to be found. I modified this recipe slightly to land on it. What do you think? Here you go.

WHAT YOU NEEDsaagchicken1
* 2 9oz boxes frozen spinach
* 1/4t cayenne pepper
* 1t cumin
* 1/2t turmeric
* 1/4t ground cloves
* 1/2t ground cardamom
* 1t garam masala
* 1/2t salt
* 2t coconut oil
* 1 medium sweet onion, roughly chopped
* 5t minced garlic
* 1 1/2lb boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders, cut into chunks
* 1 1/2T ginger paste
* 3/4C plain Greek yogurt (2%)

Place the still-frozen spinach in a pot with about 1/3 of a cup of water over medium heat, and cook until the liquid is gone, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside.

While that’s cooking, mix the cayenne pepper, cumin, turmeric, cloves, cardamom, garam masala, and salt together in a bowl, then add the chicken pieces to the bowl and mix to coat. Refrigerate.

Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until it becomes golden. Add the garlic and stir it in. Cook about a minute, then add the chicken and the spice mixture. Cook until the chicken is cooked through, stirring frequently.

Add the spinach and the ginger paste, and mix thoroughly. Cook about 5 minutes, then add the yogurt to the pan. Reduce heat to low, and carefully mix the contents of the pan to distribute the yogurt. Cook just a few minutes to warm the yogurt through.

Serve over coconut rice with a side of naan (we love Trader Joe’s garlic naan, which comes frozen and takes a minute and a half to warm up to perfection!). Besides this being light and healthy, the distraction provided by the absolutely dazzling fragrance of this dish will slow you down so that you don’t miss a moment of every delicious bite. You’ll be eating more healthfully and slowly than ever! Happy New Year to you!


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