Coffee Cointreau Chicken

Coffee Cointreau Chicken

Coffee Cointreau Chicken is something you never tried before. Coffee and cointreau add an interesting twist to this South-Indian-inspired chicken curry.

 

January is the month to celebrate newness. It is the time for new beginnings. I am celebrating January my way. My January resolution is to create dishes with my own twist, and things which I never tried before. Well, I was thinking to cook with coffee in a savoury way for a long time. Then a few days back, it just happened. I just wanted to make a South-Indian-style chicken dish, not overladen with spices, but with a rich colour and comforting aroma. I chopped some onions, peeled a few garlic cloves, crushed some ginger and took out a handful of fresh curry leaves. I opened the jar of coffee and smelled the aroma. An idea flashed into my mind: let me cook the weekend chicken with coffee and surprise everyone at home with a completely new kind of chicken recipe! And that was it. “Coffee Cointreau Chicken” was there on my table for lunch. A brand new dish which everyone loved in my family. AN loved it so much that he asked me to cook the same dish for his office potluck next week. The kids licked the gravy with their tiny fingers and said, “Mommy, it’s yum!” My day was made. That’s why I love to experiment: it opens up so many possibilities with common kitchen ingredients. Who knew that coffee could give such richness in flavour and colour to a curry?

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In order to infuse a good amount of colour, aroma and flavour of coffee into my chicken curry, I used instant coffee powder (Nescafe) for marination and later, added freshly brewed coffee into the gravy as well. In order to avoid bitterness, I added Cointreau, which also intensified the overall flavour of the curry with an orange undertone. Again, Cointreau is on the sweeter side: so adding chillies and pepper powder is something you shouldn’t avoid in this dish.

 

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My little princess Ayontika managed to peep in, while her elder brother was busy with something else!

 

Coffee Cointreau Chicken

[This South-Indian-inspired fusion chicken curry recipe is a magical combination of coffee, Cointreau, mustard seeds, curry leaves and curry powder. I bet, once you try this recipe, you’ll not only continue to love drinking coffee, but also love eating it in your meals!]

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Chicken was marinated twice. Some coffee powder was rubbed-in at this stage.

 

Ingredients for marination:

Whole chicken legs with thighs (without skin): 5

Instant coffee powder (for marination): 1.5 tsp

Salt (for marination): 1 tsp

Ginger paste: 1 tsp

Garlic paste: 1 tsp

Curry powder: 1 tsp

Green chilli paste: ½ tsp

 

Ingredients for the gravy:

Rice bran oil: ¼ cup

Black mustard seeds: ½ tsp

Fresh curry leaves: around 25

Onions (thinly sliced): 3 cups

Freshly brewed instant coffee: 2.5 tsp dissolved in one small cup of hot water

Freshly ground black pepper powder: 1.5 tsp

Tomato ketchup: ½ cup

Cointreau: 100 ml

Warm water: 200 ml

Salt (for gravy): 1¼ tsp

Fresh green or red chillies

 

Method:

I poked the chicken with a fork, before marinating. The chicken was marinated twice. In the first-marination stage, I rubbed-in only the salt and instant coffee powder and let it stay for one hour. I added the rest of the marination ingredients to this chicken after one hour, and this is the second marination. I marinated for one more hour.

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For the gravy, heat a kadhai or a pan. Once the kadhai is hot, add the oil and heat it to the smoking point. Add the mustard seeds. Wait for a few seconds and then add the curry leaves. Add the onions before the curry leaves lose the green colour. Sauté for 5 min. Add the ginger and garlic pastes and the salt. Continue to sauté on a medium flame, until the onions are soft. This takes around 10 min.

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Add the marinated chicken and smear the onions well. Cook covered for 20 min, opening the lid after every 5 min and evaporating the liquid from the chicken, if any. Add the freshly brewed instant coffee and the pepper powder and cook for 5 min. Now add the ketchup. Mix well. Cook covered for 15 more minutes, opening the lid after every 5 min and evaporating the liquid that accumulated from the chicken.

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Add the Cointreau. Open the lid and cook uncovered till the Cointreau almost evaporates.

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Add warm water. Stir well and add the chillies. Cover and let the curry come to a boil. Keep on boiling for 15 more minutes on a simmered flame. Serve with steamed rice, chapati or plain dosa.

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Coffee Cointreau Chicken

Coffee Cointreau Chicken

This South-Indian-inspired fusion chicken curry recipe is a magical combination of coffee, Cointreau, mustard seeds, curry leaves and curry powder. I bet, once you try this recipe, you’ll not only continue to love drinking coffee, but also love eating it in your meals!

Ingredients

  • Ingredients for marination:
  • Whole chicken legs with thighs (without skin): 5
  • Instant coffee powder (for marination): 1.5 tsp
  • Salt (for marination): 1 tsp
  • Ginger paste: 1 tsp
  • Garlic paste: 1 tsp
  • Curry powder: 1 tsp
  • Green chilli paste: ½ tsp
  • Ingredients for gravy:
  • Rice bran oil: ¼ cup
  • Black mustard seeds: ½ tsp
  • Fresh curry leaves: around 25
  • Onions (thinly sliced): 3 cups
  • Freshly brewed instant coffee: 2.5 tsp in one small cup of hot water
  • Freshly ground black pepper powder: 1.5 tsp
  • Tomato ketchup: ½ cup
  • Cointreau: 100 ml
  • Warm water: 200 ml
  • Salt (for gravy): 1¼ tsp
  • Fresh green or red chillies

Instructions

  1. I poked the chicken with a fork, before marinating. The chicken was marinated twice. In the first-marination stage, I rubbed-in only the salt and instant coffee powder and let it stay for one hour. I added the rest of the marination ingredients to this chicken after one hour, and this is the second marination. Marinate for one more hour.
  2. For the gravy, heat a kadhai or a pan. Once the kadhai is hot, add the oil and heat it to the smoking point. Add the mustard seeds. Wait for a few seconds and then add the curry leaves. Add the onions before the curry leaves lose the green colour. Sauté for 5 min. Add the ginger and garlic pastes and the salt. Continue to sauté on a medium flame, until the onions are soft. This takes around 10 min.
  3. Add the marinated chicken and smear the onions well. Cook covered for 20 min, opening the lid after every 5 min and evaporating the liquid from the chicken, if any. Add the freshly brewed instant coffee and the pepper powder and cook for 5 min. Now add the ketchup. Mix well. Cook covered for 15 more minutes, opening the lid after every 5 min and evaporating the liquid that accumulated from the chicken.
  4. Add the Cointreau. Open the lid and cook uncovered till the Cointreau almost evaporates. Add warm water. Stir well and add the chillies. Cover and let the curry come to a boil. Keep on boiling for 15 more minutes on a simmered flame. Serve with steamed rice, chapati or plain dosa.
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  • Tessa @ Feralkitchen.com

    That chicken looks fabulous! What an incredible depth of flavor!

    • http://www.cosmopolitancurrymania.com/ Purabi Naha

      Thanks for stopping by, Tessa. Glad that you enjoyed this post. :)

  • Denise@From Brazil To You

    Cointreau and coffee as a marinate for the chicken — what a great and exciting combination of flavors, Purabi! I wish I could try this dish.

    • http://www.cosmopolitancurrymania.com/ Purabi Naha

      Denise, this chicken was so so good…my kids couldn’t stop licking the last drop of gravy you know. It was a great hit with the biggies in my family as well!

  • kitchenriffs

    Wow, this sounds so tasty! What an interesting combination of ingredients – I love this! And it looks wonderful, too. Good stuff – thanks so much.

    • http://www.cosmopolitancurrymania.com/ Purabi Naha

      Thank you, John. My family loved this. I am going to try this recipe once again this weekend, but with goat meat (mutton). Wish you a fabulous week ahead!

  • Maureen Shaw

    I am dying to taste this dish. I love everything about it. I close my eyes and I can imagine the taste and texture on my tongue. I know, I’m weird but don’t all food lovers do that? :)

    • http://www.cosmopolitancurrymania.com/ Purabi Naha

      Yeah Maureen, all the food-lovers do that, including you and me! I am glad that you liked my Coffee Cointreau Chicken recipe. Have a good day!

  • http://www.masalaherb.com/ Helene Dsouza

    ok now this is a very unusual flavor combination for a chicken curry lol but I ll tell you, just like Maureen, I need to give it a shot asap! Smart to add cointreau, I can imagine that it must give the dish another flavor punch.

    • http://www.cosmopolitancurrymania.com/ Purabi Naha

      Helene, Cointreau and coffee were complementing each other so much in this dish. I am sure you will love this “new” kind of recipe. Cheers!

  • Kimby

    Purabi, I loved everything about this post — the story behind your inventiveness, your family’s assessment of it, the clear photos and step-by-step explanations, and most of all, the prospect of Coffee Cointreau Chicken. I agree with Maureen’s comment, too. :) Happy New Year!

    • http://www.cosmopolitancurrymania.com/ Purabi Naha

      Kimby, thank you so much and I am so glad that you loved everything about this post. Hope you are having a great week!

  • Susan

    Oh my, this sounds so delicious! Love your little princess :)

    • http://www.cosmopolitancurrymania.com/ Purabi Naha

      Awww…thanks Susan! :)

  • http://curryandcomfort.blogspot.com/ Curry and Comfort

    Wow… you are a rebel in the kitchen… I love it. I have never thought about adding coffee to a chicken curry… it looks amazing. :) Looking forward to more clever new recipes. Happy New Year!!

  • http://www.culinaryflavors.gr/ Katerina

    How original to add coffee to a curry! Looks very tempting!

  • Balvinder

    Well, I have tried coffee and cointreau in sweets, not in savory dishes.This indeed is a new recipe and sounds truly delicious! Happy new year, Purabhi!

  • YiReservation

    I love the bold flavors you infused into this dish. I have not tried the coffee and cointreau combination but the dish sounds amazing! This is really inspiring! Thanks for sharing

  • The Sketched Chef

    Adding coffe to curry seems to me an fantastic idea !
    I love this combination

  • http://justonecookbook.com/blog/ Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Instant coffee powder in it? That’s really unique! The flavor and the smell must be amazing. I have cointreau from making ice cream and I haven’t found any use of it. Having chicken sounds amazing, especially with this interesting combination! Thank you Purabi!

  • Daniela

    That’s a wonderful, very creative and elegant dish.
    I’m sure the flavor of coffee and the range aroma of Cointreau are a match made in heaven.
    Your little princess is so cute, Purabi!

  • Juliana

    This chicken looks so good Purabi, I love the spices and all the ingredients in it…sounds so tasty. Coffee and Cointreau, such a unique combination.
    Thanks for the recipe and have a wonderful week :D

  • Amelia

    Hi Purabi, very interesting recipe and it sound out of the world. Very delightful chicken dish with coffee favor. Thank for sharing this unique recipe.

    Best regards.

  • Suparna Pal

    Hello! I just wanted to cook something with chicken and coffee…was googling and came across your blog. I really liked the recipe and will definitely try it. But I don’t want to use the Cointreau, so could you suggest anything to replace it?

    • http://www.cosmopolitancurrymania.com/ Purabi Naha

      Hi Suparna. Thanks, do let me know how was it. You can use a mixture of white wine and orange juice instead of Cointreau. Or, just use orange juice.

  • http://www.cosmopolitancurrymania.com/ Purabi Naha

    Thank you so much, mjskit! :)