4 chicken breasts
2 cups whole-milk yogurt
2 tablespoons lime juice
¼ cup chicken tikka masala
1 teaspoon cilantro
Serves 4. Takes 10 minutes preparation, overnight to marinate, and 30 minutes to cook.
Slice chicken into 2″ squares. Put yogurt, lime juice, and chicken tikka masala in mixing bowl. Mix with fork. Add chicken squares to bowl. Thoroughly coat chicken squares with yogurt. Cover bowl and marinate in refrigerator overnight.
Preheat grill to 400 degrees. Cut limes into wedges.
Put coated chicken squares on skewers. Grill for 20 minutes or until chicken is tender and browned on all sides. Turn frequently. Remove chicken squares from skewers and place on plate. Sprinkle chicken squares with cilantro and garnish with lime wedges.
1) Most jokes that are both popular and long lasting employ simple and universal themes. Such is the case with the ever popular “Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side,” which involves the humble chicken and the surprise ending.
2) Well, it was a surprise ending when printed in The Knickerbocker in 1847.
3) The Chicken Crossing the Road joke became a staple of vaudeville shows during the late nineteenth century.
4) Potter’s American Monthly printed the first known, at least to me, variation of this joke. Here it is. “Why should not a chicken cross the road?” “It would be a fowl proceeding.” Yes, it took apparently a half century before someone altered the joke. But the comedic floodgates had been opened. Variations of this amusing jest appeared with greater and greater rapidity. Here are some of them:
6) Why did the chicken cross the Mobius strip?
To get to the same side.
7) Why did the dinosaur cross the road?
Because chickens weren’t around yet.
8) Why did the duck cross the road?
To prove it’s no chicken.
9) Why did the chicken simultaneously cross and not cross the road?
It was Schrodinger’s chicken.
10) Why did the Roman chicken cross the road?
It was afraid someone would Caesar!
11) Why did the chicken cross the road, roll in the mud and cross the road again?
Because it was a dirty double-crosser.
12) Why did George’s W. Bush think about the chicken crossing the road?
We don’t care why the chicken crossed the road. We just need to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us.
13) Why Barack Obama’s chicken cross the road?
It wanted CHANGE!
14) Why did Captain Kirk’s chicken cross the road?
To boldly go where no chicken has gone before.
15) Why did the chicken cross the road?
To get away from Colonel Sanders.
16) Why did the chicken only cross the road halfway?
To lay it on the line.
17) Why did Ancient Egyptians mummify chickens when they died?
To help them get to the other side.
18) Why did the turtle cross the road?
To get to the shell station.
19) Why did the chicken cross the road?
It was a part of a chicken conga line.
– Paul De Lancey, The Comic Chef
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