Friday, October 24, 2014

Whey Chicken / High Protein Diet

Whey chicken is an an innovative dish created by me :)) going with most popular flavors of Lemon and Rosemary Chicken.

If u are thinking what and why I chose whey - It is the water left behind after making paneer (shown in steps pic 5). I was making some rasmalai and was left with lot of whey so I thought of putting it to good use instead of throwing it as it has high protein content.
I must say I am extremely happy with the experiment and plan to  make it more often. I was little apprehensive on how my spice loving family would receive it but to my utter surprise they were little annoyed that I did not make more. The chicken was succulent and juicy. Infact it was so tender that it was falling apart and bursting with flavors in each bite.

The citrus of the lemon peel and whey simply does wonders here I promise u will not miss the regular Indian spice.The wafting aroma while the chicken cooks oh that is sure to make ur neighbors hungry too!
Chicken -6 pieces (with skin)(Thigh or leg pieces )
Meyer lemon - 1
Rosemary sprigs - 2 (if dried about 1 tsp)
Black pepper corn- 1 tsp (crushed)
Garlic - 1 pod
Whey - 2 cups
Vegetable oil 2-3 tsps
Salt to taste

(see method for instruction with picture numbers.)

Prep work
1..Wash the chicken well and pat it dry with a paper towel.(Do not discard the skin as it crisps up and leaves the meat tender and juicy till end.) Marinate with salt and leave aside for an hour.
2..Break the garlic pod and separate the garlic flakes (with peel otherwise it will burn).
3.. Peel the lemon with a potato peeler (without the bitter white part) .

1.Heat a cast iron pan and add the vegetable oil
2.Carefully brown the chicken pieces to a nice golden brown color. (Need not cook it)
3.Remove the chicken pieces from the pan and discard the fat and oil remaining in the pan.(Need not clean completely)
4.5.6..Heat the same pan again and return the chicken pieces to it.Evenly spread the garlic with peel,lemon peel,rosemary and pepper crushed around the chicken.
7.8 Pour 1 cup whey on to the chicken, reduce heat and simmer for half an hour.Cook it covered.
9.Turn it to the other side carefully, pour the remaining whey and simmer it for another 15 minutes to half an hour depending on the chicken and gravy u want.I went for a dry one.In the end press the garlic and serve with chicken discard its peel and lemon peels and rosemary sticks if any.

I Served it along with salad and cooked semolina (cooked in milk and cheese) which is very soggy so I did not need the chicken gravy.U may use the gravy to serve on top of the chicken.

Taking pics in bright light is a dream for the time being so please bear with me and adjust with my phone pics and dark pics.Thank you for understanding.
Hope you like it.


  1. Swapnathil polum njan vicharikila.. That I can make something so delicious out of whey... Chicken looks so juicy and delish

    1. He hee Anupa thankyou.I am not say because I tried it honestly sambhavam kidilam anuketto.

  2. wow dear this is looking so simple and easy.. what about other recipes <3 how you cooked them ?

  3. Adipoli ayetundu. healthy will try Meena

  4. Loveable platter and I am tempted over the lemony chicken.

  5. superb and innovative :) loved the whole platter..

  6. Adipoli chicken that too whey love it. and awesome meal too.

  7. kollallo whey chicken..kudus to the lovely idea,looks delicious n juicy..yummy!

  8. Very innovative Meena and that spread looks super tempting :-) Chicken looks delish!

  9. Nice find Meena!!! So its about time to make use of the whey I discard each time when I make yogurt. The chicken looks beautiful in the cast iron pan :)

  10. I was hooked on the recipe as soon as I saw the picture. Love the spices chosen.

  11. Lovely clicks,I hav bookmarked it,thanks

  12. It would have tasted good. Loved the pictures as usual.

  13. Lovely recipe! I welcome u to my & Monu's HM Besties Event #2 that is about "Wedding Anniversary Cakes & Sweets" ..Plz hop over & link ur lovely recipes :)

  14. We often use whey in cooking since I find it criminal to throw away something so healthy. The chicken sounds wonderfully aromatic.


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