Recipe

Hot and sour ginger chicken casserole

Give your casserole some extra kick.

  • 1 hr 40 mins cooking
  • Serves 8
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Give the classic chicken casserole some extra kick with this hot and sour ginger version. You'll love the rich and fragrant flavours in this one.
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Ingredients

Hot and sour ginger chicken casserole
  • 16 chicken thigh cutlets (3.2kg), excess fat trimmed
  • ½ bunch fresh coriander (cilantro), roots and stalks chopped, leaves reserved
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lime rind
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 3 small red onions (300g), cut into thick wedges
  • 600 grams kipfler (fingerling) potatoes, halve lengthways
  • 2 cups (500ml) chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ½ cup (75g) roasted salted cashews
  • lime wedges, to serve
Hot & sour paste
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind puree
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh ginger
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped coarsely
  • 5 fresh long red chillies, chopped coarsely
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Method

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 160°C.
  • 2
    Make hot and sour paste. Process ingredients in a small food processor until combined to form a smooth paste.
  • 3
    Place chicken in a large bowl; add hot and sour paste, 2 tablespoons of the coriander stalks and roots, and the lime rind. Mix to coat; stand for 15 minutes.
  • 4
    Heat half the oil in a 6.75 litre (27-cup) cast iron or other flameproof casserole dish (see tip) over high heat. Cook half the chicken, skin-side down first, for 5 minutes or until well browned all over. Transfer to a large heatproof bowl. Repeat with remaining oil and chicken; scraping base of dish to remove any caught pieces.
  • 5
    Wipe dish clean with paper towel. Reduce heat to low; add onion, potato, stock and any remaining marinade. Return chicken to dish; season. Cover chicken mixture with a large round of baking paper; cover dish with a tight-fitting lid. Transfer to oven; cook for 1 hour or until chicken and potatoes are cooked through. Stir in lime juice.
  • 6
    Serve half the chicken casserole topped with cashews and remaining coriander leaves; accompany with lime wedges (see > serve it). Transfer remaining chicken casserole to an airtight container; cool, then store (see > store it).

Notes

We used a 28cm (11¼in) round cast iron casserole dish.

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