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
"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See www.jowilcox.co.nzmore of this author