Try this Spicy Baked Chicken With Stuffing Recipe for a healthy and inexpensive international meal.
1 large roasting chicken or 1 large chicken cut into
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Wash chicken well. Rub with salt and pepper inside and out.
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup almonds, chopped fine or slivered
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon saffron or 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon honey
3 to 4 cups cooked rice
Heat a small cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add and melt butter. Add almonds, stirring and trying them for two to three minutes until they're just brown. Remove from heat. Add spices (which should be fresh ground, if possible), raisins, and honey . . . and mix well. Then stir into rice in a large bowl. Stuff chicken with rice, bind for easy turning, and place on a rack. (Or, if working with a cut-up bird, place stuffing in a baking dish and cover with chicken pieces.) Bake at 325 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes (until partly done).
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
1 teaspoon cardamom, slightly crushed
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon saffron
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
4 or 5 black peppercorns, parched and crushed
While chicken is roasting, mix masala spices well (again, they should be fresh ground it possible). Set aside.
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 yellow onion, minced
3 thin slices ginger, minced
Heat a small cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil, and heat it until a small piece of onion sizzles in it. Add onions and ginger, stirring and frying them five to ten minutes until just tender. Mix with spices and spread paste over partly baked chicken. Continue to bake for 40 to 50 minutes until done (if you're roasting your chicken whole, baste it occasionally with drippings), and serve hot. Serves six.
Reprinted by permission from The Thursday Night Feast and Good Plain Meals Cookbook, a $9.95 paperback by Sigrid M. Shepard, copyright© 1976 by the author. Distributed to bookstores in the U.S. by Bookpeople, Berkeley, California and in Canada by J.J. Douglas Ltd., Vancouver, B.C., and available from MOTHER's Bookshelf.
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