Saffron chicken with coriander dip

Saffron chicken with coriander dip

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins plus 1 hr marinating

Easy

Serves 4
Marinate cheap chicken thighs with lemon, thyme and garlic and roast until crispy - finish with honey and pistachios for sweetness and crunch

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal546
  • fat40g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre3g
  • protein32g
  • salt0.3g
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Ingredients

  • 8 chicken thighs, skin on
  • zest and juice 2 large lemons, plus extra wedges to serve
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • small bunch thyme, leaves picked

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 100g crème fraîche
  • small pack coriander, finely chopped
  • pinch of saffron, soaked in 1 tbsp warm water
    Saffron

    Saffron

    sah-fron

    The stigma of a type of crocus, saffron threads have a pungent and distinctive aroma and flavour…

  • 2 tbsp clear honey
  • 50g pistachios, roughly chopped

Method

  1. Make 2 cuts in the skin of each chicken thigh and place in a non-metallic dish. Mix the lemon zest, 4 tbsp lemon juice, the olive oil, thyme and garlic, and pour over the chicken. Cover and chill for at least 1 hr.

  2. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Take the chicken from the marinade, pat dry and season. Heat a large non-stick frying pan to medium high, add the chicken, skin-side down, and cook for 3-4 mins until golden brown.

  3. Lift the thighs into a roasting tin, skin-side up, and bake in the oven for 20 mins. Meanwhile, mix together the crème fraîche, coriander, 1 tbsp lemon juice and seasoning.

  4. Mix 1 tbsp lemon juice, the saffron with its soaking water, honey and pistachios, then spoon over the chicken and bake for another 5-10 mins. Serve the chicken with the dip and extra lemon wedges.

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Comments (2)

cshobbs's picture
5

Lovely chicken!
Next time I'll probably not bother with the dip, but everyone enjoyed it!

mich_mkp's picture

Absolutely bloomin delicious!!! Super simple to make and takes hardly any time at all to cook. We served it with some couscous. Will do this again.

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