Wednesday, November 3, 2010


I need to break out of this spell of stubbornly cooking the same few chicken dishes each time I face a chicken.

Inspite of having a book of  '365 Easy Chicken Recipes' I find myself with 3 or less ways with the bird when my pan and I take a few moments off to tap our feet and contemplate. Only to come together again, unyielding to the 365 easy chicken recipes. Thus making the same ole' same ole', choreographing the same familiar steps with the same mix of ingredients. Like having an unrelenting faith in a 3 dimensional world when there stands a mathematically proven and plausible existence of a ten dimensional one. 

I'm on a quest. To willingly expand my tried and tested repertoire of chicken recipes. Out of necessity, boredom, familiarity and contempt. And since I am not inclined to chicken breasts I may very well be concentrating on whole chicken legs...very likely... forever. And ever. Until I break out of this other chicken spell.

Spices add such a rich, aromatic and deep flavour to the chicken and combined with honey it gives a crisp crackling skin when roasted. 

Although confusing to the uninitiated the few basic spices and their names aren't all that hard to remember and recognize if you have done your homework :)

In this recipe I used coriander seeds which simply look like little round and brown seeds. And instead of fennel I used cumin which I think are the two spices that caused me some perplexity when I first drowned myself in spice world. Now I know that cumin is the smaller and darker of the two. 

Done . Only two spices are used in this chicken dish. Easy peasy.

The Recipe ~ 

2 chicken thighs, skin on, left whole, cleaned and wiped dry
4-5 T coriander seeds
2 1/2 T fennel OR cumin (I used cumin)
4, 5 or 6 T honey

2-3 T cooking oil 

Pre heat oven to 350.

Roast coriander seeds, fennel OR cumin in a dry pan until fragrant. Pound these until coarsely crushed. Add salt and then stir in the honey adjusting the amount until you get a sticky spreadable paste. You may use the pestle to do this. Or a spoon.

Spread the spice mix over the chickens thighs only on the skin side. Pat mixture into place nice and thickly.

Heat a heavy pan. Add oil and place the spiced chicken thighs, spiced side down first, into the pan. Sear the chicken pieces on both sides until lightly golden.

Transfer to a baking dish and roast in a pre-heated oven at 350 for about 40 -50 minutes or until a skewer inserted near the bone releases a clear liquid.

Place chicken on a platter and scoop up the juices from the roasting pan to dribble over the chicken.  I served it with rice. As always.

Look at that glaze. How can you not be spellbound?


Unknown said...

Hi Zurin,

The spiced chicken looks amzing...yeah iam definitely spell bound...check out the event in my blog for this month!!:)


La Table De Nana said...

I was sure I had seen Szechuan peppercorns..:) I am not so smart:) This does look wonderful..I see Dorie's new book has lovely chicken recipes too:) I have 365:) What's a few more..


pam said...

Oh my gosh, the carmelization on that chicken is amazing. Looks soooo good.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

I'm salivate, look so delicious!

a quiet life said...

how can so few ingredients looks so exciting!

Linda said...

Looks wonderful Zurin...fabulous pics!

Bakericious said...

the chicken looks so mouth-watering, I love the caramised of chicken, how to resist this temptation.

Sarah-Jane - said...

wow - that's a lot of coriander seeds. I usually only ever use them in chutney. Mainly as I don't know what to do with them !

I've got chicken legs out the freezer for dinner tomorrow, so may just give this a go Zurin as it looks divine x

busygran said...

Drool! You used whole ketumbar seeds or crushed ones? Must be very fragrant when you sauteed the two spices together.

Angie's Recipes said...

This looks super duper delish! Great photos!

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Hey Zurin, with chicken that looks this good, I wouldn't mind eating same ole same ole again and again...

pigpigscorner said...

wow, look at that glaze! I was so close to licking my screen!

Lisa said...

Wow, that really looks good. As you said, I'm spellbound by that glaze. By the way, I'm holding a CSN giveaway on my blog and you're welcome to come by and enter.

LimeCake said...

The glaze looks so shiny and delicious! Love the warm flavours!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

That glaze is amazing and so is the spices on top! :o It's quite mesmerising really! :)


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