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Date & Tamarind Chicken with De Nigris Vinegars & A $400 Giveaway!

This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and De Nigris Vinegars. All opinions here in are mine alone.


My love affair with Indian food went up a notch in my tweens, when my parents and sister and I moved into an apartment about a hundred feet from a little South Indian Restaurant called The Palace. During the latter part of the 80’s, we lived in the heart of Abu Dhabi (U.A.E.) where we were surrounded by huge apartment and office buildings and it was at the bottom of one of these apartment buildings that The Palace operated out of.

They were a little hole in the wall, with mismatched tables and chairs and stained menus, but they made the best fish masala, vegetable kofta, and samosas I had tasted. Along with their samosas, they would often include a Date and Tamarind chutney for dunking and dipping. I could have drunk that date and tamarind chutney out of a bucket – it was that good!


As I got older and moved countries, I have had many versions of that Date and Tamarind chutney at different restaurants, but none were quite like what The Palace served. As I got even older and playing with fire and sharp objects became more acceptable, I started experimenting in my kitchen – trying to recreate that chutney.


I tried many variations – perused many recipes online – and retried and retried – but something always seemed off. Now, my adapted concoctions were not bad – they were just not quite what I was hoping for. The basics of this Date and Tamarind chutney involved soaked dates, tamarind concentrate/paste, brown sugar, and spices. After awhile I started to include apple cider vinegar, which added that tangy part I was looking for…but…still …it was not quite right.


So, when the opportunity presented itself -through my Social Fabric / #CollectiveBias membership- to try out De Nigris Vinegars, it was like that hamster in my brain woke up with a start and went full throttle on that little wheel of hers, resulting in me adding healthy and all natural De Nigris Italian Herbs Seasoned White Wine Vinegar (which I picked up at my neighborhood Walmart) to this Date and Tamarind concoction…and…voila…perfection – at least to my tastebuds #lovemyvinegar!

I used this Date and Tamarind mix as a marinade and reserved some for a dipping sauce as well, for this chicken. This Date and Tamarind concoction also works as a marinade for tofu, turkey, and pork – and works just as well if used on the grill, in an oven or in a pan on a stove-top. This chutney/mix/sauce can also be made and stored for future use.


De Nigris is a 3rd generation, family owned company whose seasoned White Wine Vinegars are made in Italy. The Seasoned White Wine Vinegars come in: •Original •Roasted Garlic, and •Italian Herbs and are available in the vinegar aisle, near the Ketchup at area Walmart stores. De Nigris also produces a Balsamic Vinegar as well.

And seeing we can always use something good on Monday – De Nigris is generously offering y’all a chance to win a Gift Basket from De Nigris valued at $400, which includes:
• 1 canvas tote (to hold all the stuff) @ 14.99,
• 1 Cuisinart Hand Blender @ 34.99,
• 1 Zyliss 3 pack knife set @ 14.99,
• 1 Messermeister tong set @ 14.99,
• 1 JJ Nest utensil set @ 24.99,
• 1 Uneida Color Burst collapsible colander@ 19.99,
• 1 set of silicone spatulas @14.99,
• 1 palm brush @ 6.99,
• 1 bottle of De Nigris Organic Premium Balsamic @ 14.99,
• 1 bottle of De Nigris Organic red wine vinegar @ 6.99,
• 1 bottle of De Nigris Organic white wine vinegar @ 6.99,
• 1 bottle of De Nigris La Saba 9.99,
• 1 bottle of De Nigris Pear Fruttati @ 9.99,
• 1 bottle of De Nigris fig Fruttati @ 9.99,
• 1 tin of De Nigris Extra Virgin Olive Oil @ 17.99,
• 1 bottle of De Nigris Balsamic Ketchup @ 3.99,
And • 1 Walmart Gift Card for $200.00

Happy, Happy Monday,Y’all! Please enter below and Good Luck!

$400 De Nigris Gift Basket Sweepstakes

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Date & Tamarind Chicken with De Nigris Vinegars

Date & Tamarind Chicken with De Nigris Vinegars

Chicken cooked in a tangy, sweet and spicy date and tamarind sauce, enhanced with De Nigris Italian Herb Seasoned While Vine Vinegar.


  • 1 cup dates, soaked overnight in water
  • 1 cup and 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons tamarind concentrate
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons De Nigris Italian Herbs Seasoned White Vine Vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 chicken breasts cubed
  • olive oil


  1. Drain and rinse the dates (which had been soaking overnight)
  2. Then, place the dates, 1 cup of the water, and tamarind concentrate in a pan and bring to a boil,
  3. Lower and simmer for 10 minutes - while simmering, add the salt, pepper, chili, cayenne, cumin and De Nigris Vinegar and mix well
  4. Then, add this mixture and the other 1/4 cup o water to a blender or a food processor and blend till smooth
  5. Reserve about 2-3 tablespoons for dipping.
  6. Place the cubed chicken in a plastic bag and to this add the remaining Date and Tamarind Sauce and mix till the marinade is well distributed among the chicken - let chicken sit for at least 30 minutes
  7. Heat some olive oil in a pan over medium heat and to this, add the chicken and marinade, gently stirring till chicken is cooked through.
  8. Garnish with parsley and serve with reserved Date and Tamarind Sauce.

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Saturday 22nd of November 2014


The Fit Fork (@TheFitFork)

Saturday 15th of November 2014

That looks super yummy and the giveaway would be an awesome win for foodie like me -- but I cna't figure out how to enter!


Saturday 15th of November 2014

this looks so darn good, must try. Thanks for sharing. Happy Saturday sharefest


Friday 14th of November 2014

Wow this looks incredible! I need to shake up my flavors this month and I think this is the perfect way to get out of my comfort zone! Yeah for Indian Food. Now let's just hope my kids will eat it...fingers crossed.

Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating

Friday 14th of November 2014

I JUST reviewed this De Nigris vinegar on my blog this past week and I am already a huge fan! I've only gotten to try 3 of their varieties, but have been impressed across the board. It's one of the best vinegars I've ever had the pleasure of cooking with. #lovemyvinegar #denigris1889

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