We had some bits of chicken in the freezer, all boned, and I made this from ‘Curry Easy’ which has to be one of my favourite recipe books.
Ingredients for marinade:
- 500g boned skinned chicken pieces, cut into 2cm slices
- 1/2 tsp salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
Put all the ingredients in a sealed plastic box overnight (or minimum 30 mins if you forgot) in the fridge. Give the box the occasional shake to keep things all mixed together.
Ingredients for cooking:
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 100g chopped onion (about 1/2 an onion)
- 3 tbsp chopped fresh mint
- Use a wok, karhai or large frying pan. Heat the oil over medium/high heat, then add the chopped onions and stir-fry for a minute
- Add the marinade and the chicken, and stir-fry for 3 minutes
- Add the mint, stir through, then take off the heat and serve with rice.
We had some bits of boned chicken, mostly breasts in the freezer, and some home-made harissa sauce. We found this recipe in Nigel Slater’s Kitchen diaries. And that is what we had for tea, with boiled potatoes and a little salad.
- Boned chicken, chicken breasts, chicken wings
- 2 tsps harissa paste
- 100ml greek yoghurt
- 3 tbsp organic olive oil
- a handful of mint leaves
- Salt and pepper
- Stir the harissa into the yoghurt and then beat in the olive oil with some salt and pepper to taste
- Roll the chicken in the thick sauce, and then grill it until tender inside, with some slight browning on the outside
- Done. I think this would work well on the barbeque in the summer, or with lamb chops. We are going to try it with goose breast as well.
An old classic. I have got very good at jointing chickens that have been passed on after meeting a sad end.
- 50g butter
- 1 chicken, jointed (or 1.5kg chicken pieces)
- 1 onion
- 225g mushrooms
- 100g lardons, or bacon bits
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped
- 300ml red wine
- 3 tbsp brandy
- 150ml stock
- thyme leaves
- salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tbsp butter squished with 1 tbsp flour
- Melt the butter in a large casserole dish, and fry the chicken pieces for five minutes, and then set aside
- Fry the onions, bacon, mushrooms and garlic in the same pan for another five minutes
- Return the chicken to the pan, and then pour the brandy over the lot, and set alight for a minute or so.
- Pour the wine and stock into the pan, along with the thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for a couple of hours.
- Mix the flour and butter together, and add to the pan, about 10 minutes before the end.
- Garnish with chopped parsley before serving.