This Bengali Spiced Chicken is quick and easy to make and it will provide a wonderful dining experience. Moist and well-seasoned with just a little bit of spiciness it can be used as a part of a main meal or as an addition to salads or sides.
I was challenged by Tesco to try something different this Christmas. They want to inspire people to try out new flavours and cook a traditional Christmas dish from another country. I love trying new foods so the idea of a Festive Food Swap was perfect for me.
The recipe was provided by Mummy Be Beautiful as a Bengali seasonal recipe which can be used over the festive season.
Once my mystery recipe card arrived, together with a wonderful foods of the world hamper, it was time to go shopping and get cooking!
- 500g chicken breast, which means around 3 chicken breasts
- 4tbsp olive oil
- 1tbsp brown sugar
- 1tbsp paprika
- 1tsp ground cumin
- 1/2tsp chilli powder
- 1/2tsp garlic powder
- 1/2tsp ginger powder
- 1/2tsp salt
- 1/2tsp black pepper
You will also need 1 large roasting bag.
In a bowl place all the herbs and spices and mix well.
Pop them into your roasting bag, then add the oil and squeeze the bag to mix, finally add the chicken breasts and again massage the spice mixture into the meat, giving it a good massage.
Place the roasting bag in the fridge and allow to marinate for at least one hour but longer is better (I left ours for 24h and the meat was wonderful).
Once you are ready to roast, preheat the oven to 180C fan and pop your roasting bag into a roasting pan and then into the middle of the oven. Cook for 1 hour. If you double or triple the recipe, you might have to increase cooking time slightly just to make sure everything is well cooked through.
I didn’t received any serving suggestions so I served it with boiled potatoes seasoned with my sun dried tomatoes, basil and garlic mixture, plain boiled carrots and a homemade beetroot side… the meal as a whole was wonderful!
I really enjoyed the taste of the chicken. I actually have some further plans for it in the near future, especially in connection with lunch salads 🙂
What do you think about a Festive Food Swap idea?
Would you be tempted to cook something unusual this Christmas?
Oh and something else…
Did you know that a Bengali Christmas is also known as bada din meaning the big day and their houses are decorated with balloons and paper chains?