Grilled Chile Chicken with Saffron Potatoes

These Indian-spiced chicken thighs get intense flavor from a marinade of pureed garlic, ginger and chiles mixed with toasted cumin and mustard seeds. The puree should be thick, "almost like a pesto," says chef Preeti Mistry.

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  • Servings: 4
  • Time(Other): plus 4 hr marinating

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds  
  • 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 chiles de árbol
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed  
  • One 1-inch piece peeled fresh ginger, chopped
  • One 2-inch piece peeled fresh turmeric, chopped, or 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 serrano chiles, stemmed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup canola oil, plus more for oiling
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cilantro
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 whole chicken legs (2 pounds)
  • 1 pound large fingerling potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • Chopped mint and cilantro, and plain yogurt seasoned with salt, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. In a skillet, toast the coriander, cumin, fenugreek, mustard seeds and chiles de árbol over 
low heat, stirring, until very fragrant, about 5 minutes. Let cool slightly, then grind in a spice grinder.

  2. In a blender, mince the garlic, ginger, turmeric and serranos with 1/4 cup of the oil. Add the cilantro and the remaining 
1/4 cup of oil and puree to a coarse paste. Stir in the spice mixture and 1 teaspoon of salt.

  3. In a bowl, massage the marinade all over and under the chicken skin. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

  4. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan and brush with oil. Grill the chicken over medium-low heat, turning, until golden and cooked through, about 40 minutes.

  5. In a saucepan, cover the potatoes with water and add the butter and saffron. Simmer over moderate heat until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and season with salt.

  6. Arrange the chicken on the potatoes on a platter and garnish with mint and cilantro. Serve with the seasoned yogurt.

Make Ahead

The marinade can be refrigerated overnight.

Suggested Pairing

Pair this grilled chicken dish with a fragrant, full-bodied white.

Contributed By Published May 2015





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