Spiced mango chicken

Spiced mango chicken

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Encyclopedia of Food and Cookery
Serves
8

Chicken breasts baked in spiced yoghurt and topped with mango slices. Preparation can be done in advance, making this a marvellous party dish.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
8 half-breasts of chicken
125g ghee or butter
2 small onions, finely chopped
8 cardamom pods
2 cinnamon sticks
250ml water
16 slices fresh or tinned mango

Marinade

Quantity Ingredient
375g plain yoghurt
2 tablespoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, finely chopped
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons turmeric
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Remove all the tiny rib bones from the chicken breasts, leaving the main breastbone. Combine all ingredients for marinade in a large bowl, add chicken pieces and stir to coat well. Marinate in refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Melt 60 g ghee or butter in a large frying pan. Sauté onions, cardamom pods and cinnamon sticks for 5 minutes or until onions are soft and golden. Add water and stir well.
  3. Remove as much marinade as possible from chicken breasts and reserve. Place chicken in a baking dish and spoon a little of the onion mixture on top of each breast. Top each breast with 2 slices mango. Dot with remaining ghee or butter and bake in a preheated hot oven for 10 minutes. Spoon reserved marinade over chicken.
  4. Continue cooking for about 10 minutes or until chicken is tender. Place chicken on a heated serving dish and keep warm. Remove cardamom pods and cinnamon sticks from sauce, bring to the boil and spoon over chicken to serve. Serve spiced mango chicken with plain boiled or saffron rice or a pilaf and sambals. Tiny cherry tomatoes, pappadams and cucumber slices in natural yoghurt would be nice – and fruit chutney.
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