Sunday, 30 August 2015

Chicken Casserole with a new spice – Hing Chicken

Carole's Chatter: Hing Chicken


I called this chicken dish Hing Chicken in honour of my newest spice Asafoetida (which is also known as Hing).  I went to some trouble (and mileage) to source this spice in an effort to substitute for the flavours of onion/garlic.  And while it didn't taste exactly the same, it was a pleasant surprise.

I took some short cuts which I don't recommend to you.  But sometimes needs must. 

I have a nice casserole dish that you can also put on the hob.  So while the oven was heating up to a low/moderate temperature I fried off some spices in a little oil.  The spices I used were cayenne pepper, turmeric, ground coriander, cumin and a very small pinch of asafoetida.  Don't get put off by the smell of this spice – it adds a nice savoury note when fried off.

I then added some frozen chicken thighs (you should defrost them first!) , a small tin of tomato pulp, a tablespoon of grated ginger, a teaspoon of salt, 2 bay leaves and half a teaspoon of sugar (to balance out the tomato a bit).  I also included ½ cup of beef broth (but chicken stock would be better).

Then into the oven for about 3 hours – I tested the chicken with a meat thermometer to double check it was cooked.  Just before serving this with rice add some chopped spring onion tops (the green top parts of scallions) and some fresh basil.

6 comments:

  1. I am in for any chicken dish, we eat lots of it at our home.

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  2. I'm a chicken fan too. Though I've heard of asafoetida and have smelled it, I haven't ever cooked with it. Thanks for experimenting!

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  3. Interesting! I looked up the spice wondering if we might know it by a different name, but it remains totally foreign (though I did see a bit about the flatulence relief!). ;)

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  4. Sounds delicious! I love the combination of spices, sounds like Indian cuisine!

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  5. I love chicken so I'l be adding this to my list of recipes.

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  6. The flavors in your Chicken Casserole will be fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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