Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Coriander and Sumac Roast Chicken with Chickpeas and Hazelnuts Recipe

photo: Coriander and Sumac Roast Chicken with Chickpeas and Hazelnuts Recipe

Yield: Serves 6
Total: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes


2 tablespoons plus 1 tsp. ground coriander
About 3 1/2 tsp. sumac*, divided
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1 whole chicken (4 to 4 1/2 lbs.), lumps of fat removed
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 lemon, quartered
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup dried currants
1 can (14.5 oz.) chickpeas (garbanzos), rinsed
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup coarsely chopped roasted hazelnuts
Hot long-grain white rice for 6, cooked with a little dried mint
Plain whole-milk yogurt seasoned with dried mint and salt


1. Preheat oven to 400°. Combine 2 tbsp. coriander, 2 tsp. sumac, the cumin, pepper, and 1 tsp. salt. Rub chicken with 1 1/2 tbsp. oil, then inside and out with spice mixture. Put lemon inside cavity. Set chicken, breast up, on a rack in a roasting pan. Tie legs together loosely with kitchen twine.

2. Roast chicken 45 minutes, then baste every 15 minutes or so with pan drippings until a leg joint wiggles easily and juices run clear, about 30 minutes more.

3. Heat remaining 1 1/2 tbsp. oil and the butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Add raisins, currants, 1 1/2 tsp. sumac, and remaining 1 tsp. coriander and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring, until puffy and sizzling, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in a splash of water, the chickpeas, and parsley and cook until hot. Stir in hazelnuts.

4. Spread rice on a platter. Arrange chickpea mixture over rice, then set chicken on top and remove twine. Serve with yogurt, the roasted lemon, and more sumac to add to taste.

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Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving without rice.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving

Calories: 576
Calories from fat: 56%
Protein: 44g
Fat: 36g
Saturated fat: 8.6g
Carbohydrate: 18g
Fiber: 2g
Sodium: 585mg
Cholesterol: 164mg

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