Mom never swayed from the ‘traditional’ way of cooking curry chicken (as done in the Caribbean) when she would sort us out with a good curry and dhalpuri roti on the occasional Sunday morning. While nothing can compare to such a classic method of cooking curry chicken, I’m always looking for ways to change things up a bit. In this recipe we’ll marinate the chicken in a rich yogurt curry marinade, before roasting it in the oven.
1 medium Chicken (cut into 1/4)
1 cup yogurt
1/4 teaspoon salt (adjust)
4 sprigs thyme
2 cloves garlic
2 birds eye pepper (optional)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
Give all the necessary ingredients a fine chop, them mix everything into a marinade. Pour it over the chicken pieces, massage and put in the fridge covered with plastic wrap to marinate for at least 2 hours. If your chicken pieces are large/thick I would recommend giving each piece a cut to allow the marinade to really penetrate and to help in the roasting process later on. Remember to trim off any excess skin and fat and discard. I included the seeds from the bird’s eye pepper (use any hot pepper you like) for that extra kick. Remove if you’re concerned about the raw heat.
Preheat your oven to 400 F.. as it comes up to temperate remove the chicken out of the fridge. Place it on a roasting pan lined with parchment paper to make it easy to clean up later when it’s done roasting. BTW, the marinade may stain your fingers, so if you’re concerned about this use tongs or wear gloves when you season the chicken with the marinade.
Roast on the middle rack for about 50 minutes, uncovered.
During the summer months you can grill the chicken for another level of flavor.. but I would recommend grilling on an indirect heat, so you don’t risk flare-ups and burned pieces of chicken (and overly DRY chicken). As mentioned, this is not your typical curry chicken, however the yogurt based marinade will help tenderize the chicken pieces and you’ll find that the chicken breast will be moist and juicy.
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