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Spiced butter chicken with jewelled rice

Spiced butter chicken with jewelled rice
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½ cup thick, Greek-style yoghurt
1 tsp each smoked paprika, garam masala, ground cumin and coriander
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
½ tsp crushed chilli, to taste
1 medium-sized chicken
1 cup white basmati or jasmine rice
2 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, finely diced
1 red capsicum, finely diced
1 carrot, peeled and finely diced
1 zucchini, finely diced
1 stalk celery, finely diced
1 tbsp fresh parsley or coriander, chopped
1 small lemon, juice and zest
1 tsp sea salt
Wraps or naan bread, to serve
Handful baby spinach leaves

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Combine the yoghurt with spices, brown sugar, tomato paste, garlic, ginger and chilli. Cut the chicken up through the breast bone, so you can butterfly it out to lay flat (you can roast the chicken whole if you prefer, just adjust the cooking times). Completely smother the bird in the spiced yoghurt, pushing it up under the skin.

Place the chicken on a tray lined with baking paper and roast for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the chicken is golden and the juices run clear whenpierced. Leave to rest for about 10 minutes.

For the jewelled rice, cook in plenty of boiling water for about 10-12 minutes, or until al dente. Drain well and set aside. In a large frying pan, heat the oil, add the vegetables and saute them for 5-8 minutes until tender.

Add the rice and season with the parsley/coriander, lemon and salt. Serve with wraps or naan bread, the rice and a few spinach leaves.

About Jo Wilcox

New Zealand Woman's Weekly food editor Jo Wilcox serves up tasty and easy to make dishes that your friends and family will love.

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