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Dinner Tonight: Baked Chicken With Yogurt and Chile Paste

Donna Hay’s Off the Shelf looked like exactly what I needed. It is all about using ingredients found in the pantry, which is pretty novel. It’s a beautiful book, too, with enormous color-filled pages. But when I thought about it more carefully, God knows what I’ll find in my pantry at any one time. It’s usually a rag-tag team of various cuisines and never enough of anything to make much of a difference. That’s my fault.

Luckily, this recipe was so simple that the usual pantry items needed to complete the picture were few and not very expensive. I had to invest in some chile paste, mint, and some yogurt. Everything else was, sure enough, in the pantry somewhere. And good thing, too. These simple ingredients work their magic quickly on the chicken, leaving it spicy, creamy, and delicious. Now if I could only find another use for that chile paste.

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