Another Indian-Spiced Sunday Roast Chicken

11 Mar

I know I bang on about toasting your own spices all the time. And I’m not apologizing, because if you don’t, you miss out on a fantastic range of flavors. I was very happy to see a fellow blogger find this out on her own recently (Violets and Cardamom) when she went to a Peruvian cooking course. Her own recipes look amazing, and I can’t wait to try a few.

But I digress. The other weekend I was a bit lazy and decided to grab the panch phoron, or “Bengali five-spice”, instead of coming up with my own spice mix. I did still toast those spices to maximize their flavor, but because of the fenugreek I used the coffee grinder (which has now become the dedicated spice grinder).

It was a lovely lazy option, because soon the house filled with a delicious smell as I mixed the spices with grapeseed oil and marinated the butterflied chicken. I also started on my famous roast potatoes (okay, famous among a handful of people, I admit) plus reheating some cumin- and turmeric-roasted cauliflower. A perfect Sunday roast.

Panch Phoron heating up on the stove.

Panch phoron is usually for fish and vegetables, and I definitely think that vegetarians and vegans should start using this spice mix on roasted root vegetables, especially potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and parsnips, to name a few. You don’t really even have to grind them up, or even pre-toast them, if you’re going to stick the veggies straight in a hot oven. Just cover the veggie selection with olive or grapeseed oil, add the panch phoron and some sea salt, then stir until covered. Add to a metal roasting pan that’s been heating up in the oven and away you go.

For the carnivores out there, you won’t be disappointed by this spice blend on the chicken. Make sure the spices cover as much of the chicken as possible, and marinate it for as long as you can. I only let it sit for about 30 minutes and the result was wonderful. We did ours on the grill, under bricks, but it could easily have just been done in the oven. The Husband was just too eager for it to be done as quickly as possible!

Straight off the grill.

Panch Phoron Roast Chicken

3 Tbs panch phoron spice mix
2 tsp sea salt
1/4 grapeseed or olive oil

Butterfly the chicken, wash and pat dry. Set aside on a clean plate.

Toast the spice mix in a dry frying pan on the stove over low heat until you can smell the spices; about 5 minutes. Stir frequently so that they don’t burn and the mustard seeds don’t pop. If they start popping, take the mix off the stove.

Using a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder, grind the seed mix into a powder. Combine with the oil and salt and massage into the chicken. Let sit as long as you can, ideally overnight, but at least a half an hour.

Fire up the grill nice and hot. Place the chicken, skin side down, on the greased grill and lay foil-covered bricks on the top. Close the lid and let the chicken cook for 15-18 minutes. Carefully flip over and grill for another 10 without the bricks. Check internal temperature (165 degrees F) and serve.

For my roast potatoes recipe, click here. I really should make a separate post for this so vegetarians don’t have to read through the pork roast recipe.


21 Responses to “Another Indian-Spiced Sunday Roast Chicken”

  1. An Unrefined Vegan March 11, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    Love the smell of roasting spices! Must admit, this mix is a new one to me – sounds lovely on veggies!

    • tinykitchenstories March 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

      The combo really is lovely with roasted veggies. I hope you like it!

  2. violetsandcardamom March 11, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Looks amazing! What a interesting mix of spices in the panch phoron. I definitely need to give it a try. I am think about getting a coffee grinder just for grinding spices. I went out and got coriander seeds to use because of you. ๐Ÿ™‚ So excited to grind them for a recipe!!

    • tinykitchenstories March 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

      I’m so pleased and flattered that you bought the coriander seeds–I hope you are as happy with the result as you are with the cumin. I would definitely recommend buying the coffee/spice grinder. It helps when you don’t have the time to use the mortar and pestle. But be careful when grinding dried chilis–somehow it gets into the air and makes me cough like it’s mustard gas!

  3. debbrunson March 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    Going to give this spice combo a try! Sounds earthy and a welcomed departure from my routine ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing, tks!

    • tinykitchenstories March 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

      You’re welcome–I found the mix by lucky accident and now buy it by the bucketful at the Indian shop. Let me know how you like it!

      • debbrunson March 12, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

        I definitely will! Moved away from my favorite Nepalese restaurant- maybe this will do the trick ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. girlinafoodfrenzy March 11, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    Look at how toasty those spices are! Of course the chicken is butterflied beautifully too! Sadly my guy can’t eat Indian spices, just (severe tummy trouble, cramps etc the list goes on) but I still love to appreciate a good recipe!

    • tinykitchenstories March 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

      Thank you! And your guy’s troubles sound terrible–I already have to cut dairy out of my diet and I get tummy trouble when I cheat, but if I had to give up curry too I’d die!

  5. filingawaycupcakes March 11, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    This dinner looks lovely and sounds very interesting. I like that you are using indian spices, but that the chicken seems mild enough for an every day dinner.

    • tinykitchenstories March 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

      Yes, the panch phoron doesn’t have any chili in it, so you can add it if you like. Otherwise it’s just flavorful without being spicy, perfect for every day, as you say. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. cupcakinglydeliciouscakediaries March 12, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    It looks succulent!

  7. Mama's Gotta Bake March 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    What a gorgeous dish! I’ll have to try toasting my own spices!

  8. ns March 16, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    If only I’d seen this before I popped our chicken in the oven half an hour ago…oh well! Next time!
    Thanks for the great new recipe.

    • tinykitchenstories March 16, 2012 at 11:25 am #

      You’re welcome! I hope you do like it the next time you bring a whole chicken home.

      • ns March 16, 2012 at 11:27 am #

        I just have to figure out where to buy the spices here (I live in Italy)….

        • tinykitchenstories March 16, 2012 at 11:32 am #

          I hope there’s an Indian shop somewhere near you, if not, look for stores in the UK where you could have it shipped? It’s a very versatile spice and has many uses. I like to add it to the flour when I bread and fry/bake filets of fish. Good luck!

          • ns March 16, 2012 at 11:53 am #

            OK, will do! And thanks for the tip about adding it to fish…!

  9. aleafinspringtime April 9, 2012 at 5:49 am #

    Loving the big magic you create from your tiny kitchen! Warm greetings from Finland, Sharon

    • tinykitchenstories April 9, 2012 at 7:59 am #

      Thank you! I’m really enjoying it. Your photography is wonderful; thank you for sharing your perspective. ๐Ÿ™‚

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