This is one of those chicken dishes which I prepare whenever I am in short of time and has to make the lunch or dinner with haste. As it involves less ingredients and less procedures, it is one of the dishes which always comes handy when you are pressed for time. And also, it uses very little oil; yet has an excellent taste. So it is healthy too..
I was introduced to this very simple preparation of chicken through my father in law. I don't remember if I have mentioned earlier, about my father in law's exuberant enthusiasm towards cooking. It is one of those traits which most of the men from his generation lack on all accounts. Sometimes I tease Mr.KB asking why he didn't inherit his father's charm in cooking..
As for him, my father in law is an excellent cook, an enthusiast in making simple dishes, as well as the most jovial person I have ever met in life! So I had enjoyed every moment of cooking together and learning the basics from him during my early days of marriage.
My mom in law used to tell that all the ladies in the family had envied her for having a man who knew a great deal of cooking and helped her in it with unadulterated zeal, whenever he was at home.. :) No wonder they did!! I tell Mr.KB that if he was like his dad, I wouldn't have to hiss and hum in the kitchen like a pressure cooker ready to explode whenever we have guests at home ;) And Mr.KB would display a killer smile to the comment as if he was hearing some philosophical joke!!
So here is the recipe of my father in law's Capsicum Chicken...
1/2 kg boneless chicken, cut into small cubes
2 large capsicums /bell peppers, cut into squares
2 med.sized onions, cut into four and dis petalled
1-2 tsp black pepper powder
1 tsp cooking oil
Salt to taste
Mix all the ingredients well in a bowl and transfer to an air tight container with lid. Keep the container on the counter top for 2 to 3 hrs or how much time you can spare. Heat a heavy bottomed sauce pan and add a teaspoon of oil. Swirl the saucepan, so as to coat all the sides and bottom with a thin layer of oil. Add the marinated chicken with other ingredients and stir. Cook covered for about 1/2 an hour, stirring now and then, until the chicken is well cooked and the water has dried up. Serve hot with rice or breads.