This is a recipe adapted from a recipe of Suvir Saran, chef at Devi, Gramercy Tavern in New York.
Chicken thighs tossed with spices, marinated for up to one day and roasted is so easy to make and can be doubled or trebled for as many people as you like.
8 chicken thighs, with skin, pierced all over with a small knife.
5 cloves garlic, peeled
1 x 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded, or cayenne pepper to taste
Juice and zest of 1 whole lemon
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp salt , or to taste
1 tsp cumin powder ( I use ground roasted cumin seeds as there is more flavor)
1 tsp coriander seeds or ground coriander
Heat the oven to 400 F
Season the chicken thighs well with salt and pepper and put them in a bowl. Mince the garlic, ginger and jalapeno pepper.
Toss with all the remaining ingredients or put in a small food processor and grind to a paste.
(It’s okay if the coriander seeds are not fully pulverized as they will add a bit of crunch)
Rub the mixture thoroughly into the chicken.
* At this point you can cover and refrigerate for up to one day.
Put the thighs, skin side up, in a roasting pan. Roast for 25 to 35 minutes or until done.
Serve with rice or couscous.