Chicken with Cardamon

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All of the ingredients used in our recipes can be bought at Beanbag Natural Health, 2 Wesley Walk, Witney, Oxon 01993 773922

10 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breasts,
chopped into bite-sized pieces
Cooking spray
8 whole black cardamom pods
1-1/4 stick cinnamon
1 bay leaf
4 whole cloves
2 small onions, finely chopped
3/4 cup ground almonds
3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1 inch ginger root, peeled and coarsely grated
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1-1/4 cups low-fat plain yogurt
3/4 cup chicken stock
2/3 cup raisins
1 tablespoon roasted whole almonds, ground or chopped very finely

1. Choose a large, shallow, non-stick pan with a close-fitting lid, and spray the base with cooking spray.

2. Heat gently, then add the chicken pieces.

3. Cook the chicken over low heat until it starts to colour, stir in the whole spices and onions, and cook for 3-4 minutes.

4. Add the ground almonds, garlic, ginger and cumin and cook for a further 3 minutes.

5. Pour in the yogurt and chicken stock gradually, stirring continuously while doing so.

6. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and cook gently for 20 minutes. Add the raisins, mix thoroughly, then cover and cook for another 10 minutes.

7. Remove the whole spices. Serve the chicken hot on a bed or rice, sprinkled with the crushed almonds.

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