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.


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

  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!

  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!). ;)

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

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

  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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