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Spice-Rubbed Roasted Chicken with Green-Herb Chutney
Our starting point for this recipe was Nik Sharma's Hot Green Chutney–Roasted Chicken from his book, “Season.” We loved the idea of an Indian-inflected spin on roasted chicken, but we aimed to simplify by serving the green chutney—a simple puree of herbs and aromatics—on the side instead of applying it under the chicken skin before roasting. Like Sharma, we use a large bird (5½ to 6 pounds) so the dish serves six or yields ample leftovers. If you prefer, use a 4-pound chicken and season it with only half of the spice rub (the remainder can be reserved for another use); reduce the roasting time to 60 to 70 minutes.
tablespoons ground coriander, divided
tablespoons ground cumin, divided
01Heat the oven to 425°F with a rack in the lower-middle position. Place a V-rack inside a large roasting pan. In a small bowl, stir together 2 tablespoons of coriander, 1 tablespoon of cumin, the paprika, garam masala, cayenne and 2 teaspoons salt. Working over a large plate, rub all of the spice mixture evenly over the chicken, using all of the rub and any that has fallen onto the plate, then tie the legs together with kitchen twine. Transfer the chicken breast side up to the rack in the roasting pan. Roast until well browned, the thickest part of the breast reaches 160°F and the thickest part of the thigh reaches 175°F, 70 to 80 minutes.
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It was good - family liked it, but they weren't blown away. Like the other reviewer, I put the spice paste under the skin and pierced the chicken so rub would get into the meat more. The chutney was interesting - very flavorful. Fairly sure I won't make again but I love trying new milk street recipes at least once a week. Served with roasted potatoes tossed in olive oil and a bit of garam masala spice. Overall, a lot of prep and time invested - results were okay but not great.
I much prefer the method of putting the spice paste under the skin, which seasons the meat and allows the skin to crisp. Having said that, this chicken was EXCELLENT. It was a great upgrade for our weekly roast chicken. I also like that there was more than enough sauce left to plate the chicken pieces on top and eat with flatbreads etc.