Coriander Chicken in Carrot-Coconut Broth
A tingly spice rub made of coriander, cumin, and mustard seeds infuses chicken with flavor, making the usual breading dispensable.
- Servings: 4
Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2007
For the Spice Rub
- 1 tablespoon whole coriander seeds
- 2 1/4 teaspoons cumin seeds
- 1 3/4 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
- 6 whole scallions, finely chopped
- 2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt or coarse salt
- 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
For the Chicken
- 6 thin carrots, peeled and halved lengthwise
- 1 large red onion (root ends intact), cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch wedges
- 1 cup light coconut milk
- 1 cup carrot juice
- 1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
- 4 chicken cutlets (about 6 ounces each)
- 2 mandarin oranges, halved, or 1 navel orange, cut into rounds, for serving
- Cilantro sprigs, for garnish
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Toast coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and mustard seeds in a small dry skillet over medium heat, tossing occasionally, until fragrant, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool. Grind to a fine powder in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle. Transfer to a bowl; stir in nutmeg and cayenne with a fork. Add chopped cilantro, scallions, salt, and ginger; stir to combine.
Place carrots and onion in a 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Stir together coconut milk, carrot juice, and ginger in a glass measuring cup. Pour 1 cup mixture over vegetables, and transfer to oven; cook 12 minutes. Remove from oven.
Dredge chicken in spice mixture to coat. Set on top of vegetables; drizzle with remaining coconut-milk mixture. Cook until chicken is cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer chicken and vegetables to a plate, and tent with foil.
Ladle about 1 1/2 cups pan juices into a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer; cook until reduced by half, 6 to 7 minutes.
Divide chicken and vegetables among 4 plates; drizzle with sauce. Serve with oranges; garnish with cilantro sprigs.