Chicken in a coriander sauce

For a flavoursome way to pep up some chicken, try Madhur Jaffreys delicious recipe
By Madhur Jaffrey
Chicken in a coriander sauce
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 5 cm/2 inch cinnamon sticks
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • 1 kg chicken, skinned, cut into chunks
  • 4 tbsp sultanas
  • 90 ml natural yogurt
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 5 cm / 2 inch peice fresh root ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1-2 green chillies, sliced into coarse rings (do not remove the seeds)
  • 285 g packet frozen chopped spinach, blanched, drained
  • 1 large handful fresh coriander
  • 3 tbsp Pommery grain mustard
  • cooked basmati rice, to serve


1. Put the oil in a large, wide, non-stick pan and set over medium heat. When hot, add the bay leaves, cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, cloves and dried red chillies. Stir for a few seconds, or until the bay leaves begin to turn brown. Add the chicken and fry on all sides for 2-3 minutes, or until golden-brown all over.

2. Add the sultanas and fry for a few seconds. Add the yoghurt and season with the salt, freshly ground black pepper and the cayenne pepper. Cover the pan with a lid, turn the heat to low and gently cook for 15 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, place the ginger into a food processor along with the water and blend until you have a smooth paste. Add the green chillies and coriander and continue to blend, scraping down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula if necessary.

4. Add the lightly drained spinach and blend very briefly. The spinach should have a coarse texture and should not be a fine puree. Empty the mixture into a bowl and mix in the mustard and a pinch of salt.

5. Add the sauce to the chicken and stir to mix. Bring to a simmer, cover again with telid and cook for ten more minutes, or until the chicken is tender. Turn the chicken pieces a few times during this period.

6. To serve, remove the bay leaves, cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, whole cloves, and dried chillies from the chicken before serving with basmati rice.

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