Easy Indian chicken with coleslaw

Easy Indian chicken with coleslaw

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 50 mins Plus marinating


Serves 4
Aromatic spices combined with the crisp crunch of homemade coleslaw make this a winning combination

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal147
  • fat8g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs9g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre2g
  • protein11g
  • salt0.16g
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  • large handful coriander, stems finely chopped, leaves separated
  • 2 tsp ground cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • zest and juice 2 limes



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 skinless chicken quarters



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  • 1 tbsp turmeric



    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • ½ small head purple cabbage, shredded



    The cabbage, or brassica, family is huge, and includes everything from the familiar red, white…

  • 2 carrots, finely shredded



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Mix the coriander stems with the cumin, lime zest, juice and oil. Make 3 slashes in each chicken quarter, then sprinkle over the turmeric and half the lime mixture. Season well, then leave to marinate for 10 mins or up to 24 hrs. Roast on a baking tray for 50 mins until golden and cooked through.

  2. Tip the cabbage and carrots into a bowl, then pour over the remaining dressing. Add the coriander leaves and toss together. Serve alongside the chicken with some naan bread or rice, if you like.

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6th Mar, 2015
My husband and I really liked this dish, I have made it twice and the second time added a bit of mild curry powder to the mix (accidental) and found I liked it even more second time round. Next time I will use chicken breast this is just personal choice. I served with spiced rice and salad.
9th Apr, 2014
Beautiful dish. Firm family favourite!
30th Jan, 2013
Really tasty dish, couldn't get chicken quarters so just used breasts, made everything else exactly as stated. Served it with the Good Food Salmon and Coriander Dahl (minus the salmon!), plain naan and some leftover cherry tomatoes I roasted with the chicken for the last 10 mins, delicious protein boost after the gym!
8th Dec, 2010
We had this last night and did enjoy it - I added some peanuts to the coleslaw for extra crunch and served it with mash - not necessarily in keeping with the indian flavours, but it is sooooo cold outside that we wanted some comfort food!
26th Nov, 2010
I'm surprised there aren't more fans of this recipe, I have been making this weekly since last year and it is my daughter's favourite "healthy" dinner. Experiment with the spices, I use crushed black pepper, garlic and a good garamasala. Also it really benefits from doubling the amount of lime zest and juice and a little icing sugar takes the edge off the coleslaw dressing. I serve with hot Indian chutney, yoghurt/mint/cucumber relish and naan bread.
30th Jun, 2010
I made this recipe more or less as described, only I used chicken thighs instead, and added white cabbage to the coleslaw. Everybody thought it was one of the nicest chicken meals they ever had. The kids loved it (not the salad though, they had sauteed carrots and home-made egg fried rice). I passed this recipe to my colleagues and they found it fantastic. I will next serve it as part of an easy dinner party.
13th Oct, 2009
Thought this was quite boring - the garlic tip above might have added some interest. On the plus side it is a good introduction to Indian spices for children, and feels very virtuously healthy. Served with garlic and coriander naan bread.
10th Jun, 2009
Thought this was great, tasted really special. I added a couple of cloves of crushed garlic to the chicken whilst it was marinating which worked well. Once I had tipped half the lime and coriander mix over the chicken I then added a tsp of sugar before I added it to the coleslaw mix. I also think the coleslaw tastes good if you let it sit in the dressing for a while before serving. I served this with plain rice and the leftovers were good the next day too. Just watch out for the turmeric, it really stains, your fingers, tea-towels etc!
Frantic Flapjack
8th May, 2009
Very easy to make. The family enjoyed it too. Left out the coleslaw and served with mashed potatoes and carrots with peas & sweetcorn.
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24th Apr, 2009
We had this for supper yesterday and it was decreed delicious by all the family, including son of 10 years. In fact, hubby went so far as to say it was the nicest chicken dish he'd ever had! Mind you, he would have preferred it to have been served in a huge baguette, instead of on a plate with rice salad! LOL I should say that, because neither hubby nor son will eat leg of chicken - and its virtually impossible to get chicken portions that involve breast of chicken these days - I used skinless chicken breasts but sliced them into goujons. It was still yummy!
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