Tandoori Spiced Chicken with Grilled Tomato Jam and Herbed Yogurt Sauce

spiced tandoory chicken with grilled tomato jam and herbed yogurt sauce

Isn’t life a wonderful thing?

I was recently given the opportunity to take over cooking for two clients for a personal chef who was moving on to full time work. Taking my “career” into this direction had never occurred to me. I was excited…and incredibly nervous.

I have no formal training, never worked in a professional kitchen, never took a weekend cooking class. I love to cook, I do it all the time, and some of the time I even turn out some pretty jammin’ food! But cooking for my friends and family and cooking for someone who’s paying you to do it is something completely different. And it’s easy to cook the way I like to cook, but having to accommodate and cook to fit the way someone else eats was, well…intimidating.

I have enough good recipes in my arsenal that I felt I could at least come out swinging. My carrot souffle went to the top of the list…healthy, creamy and practically a dessert, I knew that would be a huge hit (and I was right, by the way. The clients asked if I put “crack” in it ;)

aaaaaaannnd…enter this fabulous tandoori chicken dish! SO easy to make but SO delicious (and healthy)! It was my biggest hit yet and one that I’ll surely repeat many times over. It’s a Bobby Flay recipe, and although I typically change recipes a bit, this one needed no alterations…it’s perfect just as it is!

I’m now in the midst of week 4 of cooking, and I’m feeling pretty great! I’m enjoying it immensely – even more than I thought I would. It’s all the things I love to do – menu planning, cooking, and making people happy through food. I’m enjoying it so much that I’m actually on the lookout to take on another client or two! And I’ve been inspired to take part in a week-long boot camp at the Culinary Institute of America (coming this October, and you just know I’ll be blogging about it and sharing all the tricks they teach me)! It’s amazing the twists that life can take!