Chilli & turmeric chicken

Chilli & turmeric chicken

Being Malaysian, Mandy Yin loves the bright, searing flavour of Thai chillies; if you’re as big a fan as she is, you can double the number used in this recipe. The heat of the chillies is balanced out with the sweet tamarind paste and tamed by the coconut cream. 

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Gluten free
  • Serves4
  • CourseMain meal
  • Prepare15 mins
  • Cook20 mins
  • Total time35 mins

Ingredients

  • 550g chicken thigh fillets
  • 1 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 5 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tsp fine salt
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 clove/s garlic, peeled
  • 30g ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 5 mixed Thai chillies, stems removed
  • 2 x 160ml cans coconut cream
  • 2 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 260g fresh spinach
  • 1 lime, juice of ½, rest in wedges
  • Steamed jasmine rice, to serve (optional)

Method

  1. Cut the chicken thigh fillets into roughly 2.5cm chunks and put in a large bowl. Add the turmeric, 1 tbsp oil, the cornflour and 1 tsp salt. Mix together thoroughly, making sure the fillets are as evenly coated as possible. Cover and marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (up to 24 hours), until you are ready to use.

  2. Put the onion, garlic and ginger into a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Drizzle the remaining 4 tbsp oil into a large nonstick wok or frying pan and add the onion mixture and ½ tsp salt. Set over a medium heat and fry for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened. Meanwhile, finely chop the chillies in the same processor bowl (no need to wash it).

  3. Add the marinated chicken and chopped chillies to the pan. Stir fry over a medium heat for 8 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through, no pink meat remains and the juices run clear. Pour over the coconut cream, tamarind paste and remaining ½ tsp salt and bring to the boil. As soon as it comes to the boil, turn off the heat, add the spinach and stir through until it wilts. Add the lime juice before serving with rice, if liked.

Nutritional

Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe

Energy

2,542kJ/ 612kcals

Fat

45g

Saturated Fat

19.1g

Carbohydrates

11g

Sugars

5.6g

Fibre

2.1g

Protein

39g

Salt

3.7g

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