Treat your family with this tandoori-style chicken recipe served with a fresh coriander chutney.
1.5kg/3½lb whole chicken
4 tbsp natural unsweetened yoghurt
1 tsp garam masala
4 tbsp single cream
2 tbsp medium-hot paprika
1 tsp medium-hot chilli powder
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp salt
½ tsp turmeric
1 tbsp tomato purée
4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tsp peeled and finely grated root ginger
Prick the chicken all over and make a few slits about 2cm/¾in long on the skin.
Mix all the remaining chicken ingredients into a smooth paste and rub the marinade generously all over the chicken skin. Cover and refrigerate for eight hours or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
Place the chicken in a roasting tin and cover with foil. Roast in the centre of the oven for 1½ hours. Halfway through cooking, baste with a little of the marinade.
Remove chicken from the oven and leave in a warm place to rest for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, for the coriander chutney, place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until the mixture become a coarse paste. Add 4-5 tablespoons of cold water to ease blending. Alternatively, use a pestle and mortar. This chutney can be stored in an airtight, non-metallic container for up to four days in the refrigerator.
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