Sunday, 9 December 2012

Rice with marinated chicken

This dish I was making up as I go along, so for the ingredients I will try my best to approximate the quantity used, because not everything I measured to the exact amount.


  • Skill level: Easy/Medium
  • Serves: 5-7 people
  • Prep time: 1 hour (With marinating time)
  • Cooking time: 25 minutes
What you will need:

For marinating chicken

1 baby chicken, cut into eight pieces
1 onion, finely chopped
6 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
1/2 tsp tandoori
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp sweet chilli

For the rice

1 + 1/2 cup basmati rice
2 onions, finely chopped
6 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1/2 tsp salt
1 chicken stock
2 + 1/2 cup boiling water
1 pinch saffron
2 handfuls of raisins

How to make:

1) To make the chicken marinade, add all the ingredients under 'marinating the chicken' into a bowl, and mix well with your hands, making sure all the chicken pieces are well coated. Cover with cling film and put in the fridge for at least 15 minutes (depends if you are in a rush to make the meal or not)

2) Meanwhile, place the rice into a separate bowl, and rinse with water a few times, before setting aside and leaving it in water to soak

3) Once chicken has marinated for a while, remove and place into the pot you wish to cook your rice in. On medium heat, cover and cook chicken with its marinate, turning the chicken occasionally. Could take around 30 minutes

4) Take out the chicken, and leave the marinate in the pot. Add the onions, garlic and salt, and cook until onions are done

5) Add the drained rice to the pot, mixing well. Then mix the chicken stock with the water and saffron, and add to the pot, stirring well. Place the chicken on top and cover, cooking on medium-low heat for 25-30 minutes. (10 minutes before the end of cooking time, add 2 handfuls of raisins) 

6) When the rice is cooked, place onto the serving dish, and garnish with more raisins if this is something you like


This recipe can be tweaked as you wish, for example you could garnish with nuts, or you could remove the raisins. I had planned on adding more spices to the rice, but when I tasted the onion and garlic mix, it has enough seasoning and did not need any more, as the marinate was spiced very well. So see what you need to change, according to your taste buds....and enjoy :)

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