Garam Masala Roasted Chicken With Bread And Butter Cabbage | Tasting Table Recipe

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Recipe adapted from Matthew McClure, The Hive, Bentonville, AK

Garam Masala Roasted Chicken With Bread And Butter Cabbage
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Matt McClure, the chef at The Hive in Bentonville, AR, raids the Indian spice pantry for his inspired take on roast chicken. Read more!
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Total time: 1 hour
  • Garam Masala
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1 Guajillo chile
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon anise seeds
  • ½ teaspoon pink peppercorns
  • ½ teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Chicken and Cabbage
  • 1 (3- to 4-pound) chicken, cut into 10 pieces
  • 3 slices bacon (or pancetta), cut into ½-inch wide pieces
  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 head red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 whole cloves
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  1. Make the Garam Masala: Add the star anise, Guajillo chile, cinnamon stick, mustard seeds, anise, pink peppercorns, black peppercorns, cumin, coriander and cloves to a sauté pan over medium heat. Toast until the spices turn fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Using a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle, grind the spices into a powder. Mix the garam masala with the salt and sugar.
  2. Make the chicken and cabbage: Preheat the oven to 375degrees. Massage ¼ cup of the garam masala (reserve any remaining for another use) onto the chicken pieces. Arrange on a baking sheet and roast until well browned and crispy and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thigh registers 175°, 30-40 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, add the bacon to a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until fat is rendered out and the bacon is crispy , about 5 minutes. Add the onion and cook until lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Add the cabbage, mustard seeds, cinnamon stick, cloves, sugar, white wine and red wine vinegar along with 1 cup of water to the pot. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook, covered, until tender, about 45 minutes. Serve the chicken with the cabbage.
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