If you're looking for a unique recipe to impress some dinner guests or looking to try a fun new recipe for your Sunday night dinner - this cardamom chicken thigh recipe might be the one for you.
I was inspired by a chicken recipe I saw in a cookbook that paired cardamom, caramelized onions and chicken together. It's quite a well-known cookbook called Jerusalem: A Cookbook, by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. The New York Times published their adaptation of that recipe. Now I'm publishing mine. And before you get started, you should definitely check out my post on how to trim the fat from chicken thighs.
Cardamom Chicken Thighs, Coconut Rice and Fresh Herbs = Food Nirvana
Cardamom is amazing but I don't get to use it that much. Using whole cardamom pods is perfect for certain recipes. When I make chicken biryani, I use whole pods in a cheesecloth with other whole spices. For this recipe, ground cardamom works much better in my opinion and is more accessible. Same with the whole cloves - gone. Ground cloves are much easier and still provide amazing flavor.
Basmati rice is magical. When my kitchen fills up with that smell I am in heaven. For this recipe, however, I wanted to kick the flavor up a notch. Instead of adding boiling water to the chicken, onions and rice, I boiled coconut milk and chicken broth. I think coconut is a great addition to this flavor profile and takes the dish to another level. A note on the fresh herbs. I realize it costs a bit extra to do this and maybe you think it won't really matter in terms of flavor. But I can tell you this: I've made this so many times with AND without the fresh herbs. The final verdict: infinitely better with fresh herbs.
Cardamom Chicken is an Excellent One-Pan Dinner Option
My absolute favorite cut of chicken is the thigh. So much flavor and tenderness! I'm always on the hunt for new ways to prepare chicken thighs. The simplicity of mixing the chicken thighs with the cardamom, cloves and cinnamon sticks makes cooking this a breeze. The best part is that while your onions are caramelizing you get all the other prep work done! Then everything goes in one covered baking dish and into the oven. The smells that fill your kitchen will drive everyone crazy.
I tinkered with this recipe for several years before landing on the recipe I'm sharing below. This one is a keeper for sure and it also reheats very well. I am usually cooking with leftovers in mind so I don't spend money eating out lunch. I tend to specifically seek out foods that will reheat well in the microwave. This is absolutely one of them.
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