Barbecued chicken with yogurt, lime, coriander and almonds

Barbecued chicken with yogurt, lime, coriander and almonds
  • Serves icon Serves 6
  • Time icon Takes 15 minutes to make, 40-45 minutes to cook, plus marinating and resting

Bring the chicken up to room temperature before barbecuing, load up the barbie with the marinated chicken and then serve with lime juice, torn basil and spring onions.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
160kcals
Fat
4.8g (0.9g saturated)
Protein
26.9g
Carbohydrates
3.1g (2.2g sugars)
Fibre
no fibre
Salt
0.2g
Calories
160kcals
Fat
4.8g (0.9g saturated)
Protein
26.9g
Carbohydrates
3.1g (2.2g sugars)
Fibre
no fibre
Salt
0.2g

Ingredients

  • 8 free-range chicken thighs
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves, roughly torn, or small whole leaves
  • 1 bunch of spring onions, sliced
  • Juice of 1 lime

For the marinade

  • 8 tbsp natural yogurt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed to a paste
  • 5cm piece of fresh ginger, finely grated
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 2 green chillies, deseeded and
    finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp ground almonds
  • 1 bunch of fresh coriander, roughly chopped

Method

  1. Mix all the marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Season the chicken pieces well with salt and pepper, then add them to the marinade and toss to combine, making sure they are all well coated. Cover and chill for up to 12 hours before cooking.
  2. Cook the chicken over a gentle but steady heat on the barbecue for 40-45 minutes until golden, tender and cooked through. Turn the pieces regularly while cooking and spoon over any remaining marinade as you do so. Note: if the temperature is  too ferocious, not only will the chicken burn while still being raw in the middle, but it will also lose the delicate flavours of the marinade.
  3. In any case, chicken thighs, unlike breasts, respond more favourably to a slower cooking method that renders the meat tender rather than leaving it tough and stringy.
  4. Allow the chicken pieces to rest on a warm platter for 5-10 minutes, then sprinkle over some torn basil leaves and the sliced spring onions. Squeeze over the lime juice just before serving.

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