Chicken Baked With Ginger and Black Pepper

"I've had this clipped from a Tesco in store magazine for over 10 years. Finally I am recording it so that I don't lose it! Part of an Indian menu from Madhur Jaffrey."
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins




  • In a large bowl combine lemon juice, salt, ginger, black pepper, coriander, cumin, paprika, cayenne and turmeric. Mix well.
  • Add chicken pieces and toss to coat. Cover chicken and set a side in fridge a minimum of 3 hours, maximum of 24.
  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees C, 400 degrees F, gas mark 6.
  • Arrange chick npieces on a baking tray, skin side down. Brush with oil.
  • Bake in centre of oven 20 minutes. Turn pieces over and cook a further 25 minutes until chicken is tender, basting 3-4 times.
  • Transfer to a warmed serving plate.

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  1. We really enjoyed this flavourful chicken. Smelled fabulous as it cooked too. We like our chicken a bit crunchier so turned one extra time and baked about 20 minutes longer. Will definitely be making again. Thank you for sharing this recipe.
  2. This is good. I reduced the cayenne to 1/2 a teaspoon (figured we could use more next time, but couldn't take it out if it was too hot this time) and added a big clove of garlic. 1/2 a teaspoon of cayenne was perfect for us.I don't have an oven so cooked this in my electic frying pan with the lid on. I only used drumsticks (no thigh) and cooked them slowly for about 1 hour.


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