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  • Writer's pictureEric LeVine

Oven Roasted Curried Chicken with Pickled Celery and Garlic Goat Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes

Ingredients/Oven Roasted Curried Chicken 10 jumbo chicken tenders 2 tsp curry powder 2 tsp olive oil 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes salt and black pepper Method/Oven Roasted Curried Chicken Pound chicken tenders lightly until they are about 1/4 inch thick. Toss in oil and season with curry powder, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Marinate overnight in refrigerator. Ingredients/Pickled Celery 2 celery stalks, remove leaves and roots 1 cup red wine vinegar 1 cup sugar 1 tsp black peppercorns 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp whole star anise Method/Pickled Celery On mandoline set to make about 1/4-inch slices, slice celery lengthwise to create long thin strips. Combine all ingredients except celery in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let cool to 70o. Add celery and refrigerate overnight. Reserve for skewering Ingredients/Garlic and Goat Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes 30 small cherry tomatoes 15 oz goat cheese 2 tsp garlic, chopped and roasted

2 tsp coriander 2 tsp chopped chives 1 tsp red onion, diced, sautéed and cooled salt and pepper Method/Garlic and Goat Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes Using a small knife, cut a small hole in the top of each cherry tomato. Combine all other ingredients in a bowl and mix with a spoon until smooth. Place into a piping bag with a small pastry tip. Pipe 1/2 oz goat cheese mixture into each cherry tomato. Reserve for skewering. Assembly Weave 1 piece of chicken and 1 strip of celery around 3 cherry tomatoes on each skewer (see photo). Heat oven to 350o. Place skewers on a sheet pan and bake for 15–18 minutes, until chicken is cooked all the way through. Remove from oven and serve. Chef Notes Be sure that you pound the chicken to 1/4-inch thickness or less, otherwise the tomatoes and celery will be overcooked before the chicken has fully cooked. Variations Pork or flank steak can be used instead of the chicken. Marinate pounded slices of pork tenderloin in soy, ginger and scallions. Instead of tomatoes, use marinated cremini mushrooms; instead of pickled celery, use marinated or pickled zucchini ribbons.

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